Last night, a large crowd of retailers, vendors, sales reps and other industry experts gathered to celebrate the best of the gift industry. The 68th annual Retailer Excellence Awards, which recognizes retail savvy, as well as the best vendor and sales rep in the country, took place Sunday at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. It was a beautiful evening by the water and the perfect atmosphere to celebrate this year’s winners.
The event, which was headline sponsored by NY NOW, recognized seven retailers for their excellence in store events, store design, visual merchandising, multiple-location management, best specialty store, social media and digital savvy, and efforts to be eco-friendly and socially responsible. The evening also include a brand-new addition of the NY NOW Renaissance Retailer award, as well as the annual partnership with Gift for Life.
Gift for Life honored Anna and Nathan Bond of Rifle Paper Co. with the 2019 Industry Achievement Award. Together GFL with GDA raised funds for Bailey House with a text-to-donate initiative. Based in New York, Bailey House provides the much-needed safe and affordable housing for men, women and children suffering from HIV/AIDS. There is still time to donate. Simply text GFL2019 to 44-321 and follow the prompts.