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    Future Group bags four honours at Images Retail Awards — Biyani is Retail Face of the Year

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    The 4th Images Retail Awards (IRA) 2007 felicitated India’s top performing companies and professionals in the business of retail. The annual event was hosted by Images Group at The Grand , Mumbai.

    Future Enterprises Q1 profit at Rs315.48 crore
    Figures are not comparable with the previous year/quarter” due to demerger of the retail business into Bharti Retail

    The 21 award categories sought to cover all verticals of India’s evolving retail industry. (For the entire list, see below)

    – the man who gave the country several unique retail concepts like value chain , fashion and lifestyle department chain Pantaloons, seamless mall Central, and a plethora of retail estate to almost all major verticals of retailing under The umbrella – won the IRA ‘Retail Face of the Year’ honour. It was Biyani’s fourth podium finish in a row for the title. This year, contenders for this award included Sunil Bharti Mittal, BS Nagesh and . The chairman of Images Group, Amitabh Taneja, presented the award to Biyani.

    Actors and were the anchors for the function, witnessed by over 2,000 denizens from the Indian retail industry, along with renowned retail professionals and experts from across the globe. The celebrity group also had Indian cinema actors – , Bhagyashree, Mahesh Bhatt, Padmini Kolhapuri, Pooja Bhatt and Zeenat Aman. The audience was treated to performances by singer KK, drumming virtuoso Sivamani, and jazz pianist Louis Banks.

    The Images Retail Awards was the culmination of India Retail Forum (IRF) 2007, Asia’s premier business of retail meet held on September 4, 5 and 6 at Renaissance Hotel, Powai, Mumbai. The last day of IRF saw a panel discussion by over 50 CEOs from the retail industry mediated by world-renowned speaker Reg Athwal.

    The Images Retail Awards adhere to international benchmarks in deciding the top honours, with global consulting firm IRIS as knowledge partner. The process involves self-nominations as well as a countrywide industry poll to short-list the nominees. The information is then set out in easy flowcharts to a high-profile jury to cast their votes for different parameters and submit the same to IRIS to finally audit the entire selection process and finally submit the results to the organisers, Images Group.

    The awards

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Large-format Multi-Product Store
    Winner: Big Bazaar

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Exclusive Fashion
    Winner: Levi’s

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Catering Services
    Winner: Barista

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Food & Grocery
    Winner: Food Bazaar

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Beauty Care & Fitness Centre
    Winner: Kaya Skin Clinic

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Leisure
    Winner: Crossword

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Entertainment
    Winner: FAME Adlabs

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Consumer Durables & Electronics
    Winner: HCL Digilife

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Forecourt Retailing
    Winner:

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Retail Company of the Year
    Winner: Pantaloons

    Most Admired Retail Face of the Year
    Winner: Kishore Biyani

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Innovative Concept
    Winner: VLCC

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Pharmaceutical Retailer
    Winner: Fortis Health World Lifestyle

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Rural Retailer
    Winner: (Kisaan Seva Kendra)

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Home/Office Equipments
    Winner: Home Town

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Telecom/Mobile Services
    Winner: Airtel

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Employee Satisfaction
    Winner: Titan Industries

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Retail Marketing Campaign
    Winner: The Mobile Store

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Supply Chain & Logistics
    Winner: Madura Garments

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Socially Responsible
    Winner:

    Most Admired Retailer of the Year – Retail Design & Visual Merchandising
    Winner: PVR Cinemas