Lovehoney, a British business that sells sex toys, lingerie and erotic gifts online, is up for two awards at this year’s Australia Post Online Retail Industry Awards (ORIAs) including Best Online Retail Marketing and Best Pureplay Retailer.

The finalists for the awards, which recognises the best and the brightest in the retail industry, were recently announced.

Now in its 13th year, the annual event celebrates retail leaders and the outstanding work they have achieved over the last year in their industry.

Online Retailer, the largest e-commerce conference in Australia, will be held on July 20 and 21 at the ICC.

Matt Smith, Event Director for Online Retailer and ORIAs judge said: “Considering the last two years we have had and some of the incredible digital transformations we have seen across the retail landscape, this year’s finalists and winners are really going to showcase the agility, creativity and drive for results that so many people have in the retail industry.

“It is very exciting to be back in person to celebrate all the incredible work that has been done over the last year in the retail space and celebrate not only this year’s winners and finalists, but also 2021’s winners who missed out on a physical event last year.”

Other award categories include Best Community Initiative, Best Small Independent Retailer, Best Multichannel Retailer, Best Technology Champion, Customer Service Excellence, Best Small Independent Retailer, Best Social Commerce Initiative, International Conqueror, Hall of Fame, Best Physical Initiative, Best B2B Online Retailer, Online Retailer of the Year and the Industry Recognition Award.

There is also the coveted People’s Choice Award which is the only ORIAS category voted by customers, recognising online shoppers’ favourite Australian small and large online retailers.

The gala event will take place in the Grand Ballroom at the ICC on July 21, where the  2021 ORIAS finalists and winners will also be celebrated alongside the 2022 winners, as last year’s event was held virtually.

The judging panel includes Head Judge, Peter Knock (National Online Retailers Association) and supplementary judges Rose Yip (Australia Post), Emma Sharley (Sharley Consulting), Matt Newell (The General Store), Louisa Simpson (Practical eCommerce Consulting), Mark Baarste (markbaarste.com) and Matt Smith (Online Retailer).

A full list of finalists can be found online.

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