Retailer Excellence Awards & Educational Conference

AUGUST 3, 2021

Celebrate With Us!

Gifts & Decorative Accessories has been celebrating retail excellence since 1951 with its Retailer Excellence Awards, and the tradition continues with our digital gala and award ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021.

Please join us virtually for the 70th annual Retailer Excellence Awards, during which we will honor 21 retail nominees and seven retail winners for accomplishing the impossible during a tumultuous year. Witness the best of the best in seven categories: Specialty Store, Multiple Locations, Visual Merchandising, Store Events, Store Design, Social Media Outreach and Online Initiatives and Socially Responsible.

In addition, GDA will also give awards to the Manufacturer of the Year and Sales Representative of the Year. As is tradition, a representative from Gift for Life, a charitable organization, will also announce the winner of its Industry Achievement Award.

GDA is still accepting submissions for the REAs, so submit now if you’d like to nominate a store, sales rep or manufacturer.


Learn With Us!

For the first time ever, Gifts & Decorative Accessories will be hosting an educational conference, Together We Retail, in conjunction with the awards gala.

With the mission of helping the gift industry to achieve excellence, the virtual educational conference will be a half-day event on Aug. 3, from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. EST, just before the digital 70th annual Retailer Excellence Awards ceremony.

The theme for this year’s conference is “mastering the digital landscape,” and sessions cover such topics as expanding into ecommerce, managing your online reputation, point-of-sale point of views and social media strategy. The conference will be hosted on a robust platform, allowing retailers to message speakers and network with one another.

Tickets are $20 and include access to both the virtual conference with retail networking and the digital REA awards ceremony.


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