Industry celebrates at the Gem Retail Hotlist

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  • September 27, 2019
  • The Register team
Industry celebrates at the Gem Retail Hotlist

More than 150 members of the New Zealand retail industry gathered at Mantells on Tamaki Drive to celebrate the hottest retail thinkers and disruptors at the Gem Retail Hotlist. Read on for the full list of winners.

To compile the list of 55 finalists, the NZ Retail and The Register editorial team carefully selected three or more finalists for each of the 18 categories. Expert judges Sarah Dunn, Greg Harford and Lizzi Whaley chose the Judges’ Choice winners, and voting for the People's Choice winners was carried out on The Register during the month of August.

The event was made possible by the sponsorship of Gem, powered by Latitude. 

The winners are:

Bricks and mortar

1.Hottest in-store experience

Finalists: Little Unity, North Beach, Barkers.

People’s Choice: Little Unity
Judges’ Choice: Barkers.

2.Hottest fit-out

Finalists: Kitchen Things Luxury Collection, Aesop Wellington, Pic's Peanut Butter World.

People’s Choice: Kitchen Things Luxury Collection.

Judges’ Choice: Pic's Peanut Butter World.

3.Hottest concept store

Finalists: Crushes, Superette International, Good Form.

People’s Choice: Crushes.

Judges’ Choice: Good Form.

4.Hottest display

Finalists: Iko Iko, Parker & Co, Milly's Kitchen.

People’s Choice: Iko Iko

Judges’ Choice: Milly’s Kitchen.

5.Hottest market entry or launch

Finalists: Sephora, Dresden, Xiaomi's Mi Store.

People’s Choice: Dresden

Judges’ Choice: Sephora

6.Hottest food and/or beverage integration

Finalists: Lewis Eady x Note Coffee and Eats, Citta x Otto, Nourish Corner Store & Cafe

People’s Choice: Lewis Eady x Note Coffee and Eats

Judges’ Choice: Lewis Eady x Note Coffee and Eats

7.Hottest community connection

Finalists: Time Out Bookstore, Real Groovy, Cyco Bike Shop.

People’s Choice: Real Groovy

Judges’ Choice: Time Out Bookstore


8.Hottest use of data

Finalists: Mitre 10, Mighty Ape, Adult Toy Megastore.

People’s Choice: Adult Toy Megastore

Judges’ Choice: Adult Toy Megastore

9.Hottest use of in-store tech

Finalists: BP, Fine Wine Delivery Co.

People’s Choice: Fine Wine Delivery Co.

Judges’ Choice: BP

  1. Hottest marketing campaign

Finalists: Uber Eats ‘Shark Bait’, Stirling Sports ‘Prove Them Wrong’, My Food Bag ‘Families Make Dinner, Dinner Makes Families’.

People’s Choice: Stirling Sports ‘Prove Them Wrong’.

Judges’ Choice: Stirling Sports ‘Prove Them Wrong’.

11.Hottest ecommerce market entry or launch

Finalists: Give & Grow, I am Eva, Cheese Cartel

People’s Choice: I am Eva.

Judges’ Choice: Cheese Cartel

12.Hottest ecommerce concept

Finalists: Onceit, Container Door, The Avo Tree

People’s Choice: The Avo Tree.

Judges’ Choice: Container Door

13.Hottest service provider

Finalists: Vend, Alipay, LookDepot

People’s Choice: LookDepot.

Judges’ Choice: LookDepot.

Individual awards

14.Hottest retail business over 20 years in operation

Finalists: Moore Wilson’s, Trade Me, Harvey Norman, Big Save Furniture

People’s Choice: Moore Wilson’s.

Judges’ Choice: Moore Wilson’s.

15.Hottest retail business under two years in operation

Finalists: Pepa Stationery, Made of Tomorrow, Hunting Ground

People’s Choice: Pepa Stationery.

Judges’ Choice: Hunting Ground.

16.Retail visionary

Finalists: Rowena Roberts (Red Honey Cosmetics), George Wilkins and William McCallum (George and Willy), Tim Brown (Allbirds).

People’s Choice: Tim Brown (Allbirds).

Judges’ Choice: Tim Brown (Allbirds).

17.Best provincial retailer: North Island

Finalists: Be Free Grocer, Palmerston North; Needle in the Hay, Hamilton; Hunting & Fishing, Whangarei.

People’s Choice: Be Free Grocer, Palmerston North.

Judges’ Choice: Be Free Grocer, Palmerston North.

18.Best provincial retailer: South Island

Finalists: The Remarkable Sweet Shop, Arrowtown; Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, Nelson; Mapua Country Store, Mapua.

People’s Choice: The Remarkable Sweet Shop, Arrowtown.

Judges’ Choice: Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, Nelson.

For more information about the winners, pick up the October / November issue of NZ Retail magazine - out now!

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