The Australian Association of Convenience Stores – AACS – Women in Convenience program, established to attract, retain and support women within the convenience sector, has launched its inaugural awards program, supported by C&I Retailing Magazine.
The AACS Women in Convenience Industry Awards are to recognise the significant contribution women play in convenience retailing from retailers, wholesalers and supplier communities. The award categories include; Women of the Year, Rising Star and Store Operator of the Year.
AACS Women in Convenience was established by Caroline Waite of Frucor and Kerry Appathurai of Parmalat in 2014 and is geared towards women in senior and junior roles. The program is focused on attracting, retaining and supporting women by emphasising the career path opportunities the convenience channel presents.
Since launching, the program has held a series of networking events, with past presenters including Mia Freedman.
‘We are very proud to launch these awards for the first time this year to the convenience industry in Australia,’ Caroline Waite, co-founder of AACS Women in Convenience, said.
‘Our ambition is that by recognising the contribution these women are making, we will inspire others, and in doing so we will support, retain and promote others building a more diverse and successful industry into the future,’ Kerry Appathurai, Caroline’s co-founder added.
Jeff Rogut, CEO of AACS, said the awards are a terrific opportunity to recognise the many talented women who work in the convenience channel as well as to encourage others to see the convenience channel as offering unique and rewarding career opportunities.