7-Eleven cleans up at AACS awards

By Nick Hall | 20 Aug 2019 View comments

Industry giant, 7-Eleven has collected a string of accolades at the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) gala night. The annual AACS awards night celebrates the industry’s top-performing brands, stand-out operators and emerging innovators.

7-Eleven Hallam was named the AACS awards winner for Store of the Year in the franchise/independent category, capping off a successful year for Victorian operator Hemant Mittal and his team.

While the success of the 7-Eleven Hallam outlet was a massive boost to the franchisee network, the brand also picked up major individual AACS awards for retail excellence.

7-Eleven head of brand, Lisa Birch was named AACS Woman of the Year for her contributions to the industry. In her position, Birch is responsible for 7-Eleven’s overall brand proposition and execution across the business both internally and externally.

Angus McKay, 7-Eleven CEO said that recognition at the AACS awards was a reflection of Birch’s commitment to industry innovation.

“One of Lisa’s greatest achievements has been her relentless commitment to 7-Eleven’s sustainability journey,” McKay said in a statement.

“This journey has seen her play a crucial role in developing 7-Eleven’s partnership with Closed Loop, primarily the Simply Cups project. Lisa’s career achievements are impressive, contributing to both sustainability solutions and fresh food reputation for 7-Eleven and the industry more broadly.”

Additionally, 7-Eleven multi-site store manager Melanie Stocker was named Store operator of the Year.

“Melanie is a talented and driven leader, as shown through her amazing career progression since joining us as a store team member in 2016,” McKay said.

“She continues to take on new challenges with great outcomes, coaching teams to deliver the highest of standards and service in her stores. Melanie also leads by example in making a contribution to the local community.”

Representing the convenience giant in the Peter Jowett industry award was Carlos Mahecha. The title goes to an outstanding young person for their innovative, out-of-the-box thinking, with the 7-Eleven marketing business improvement manager taking out the win.

McKay said the wealth of AACS awards 7-Eleven collected on the night was a testament to the brand’s commitment to providing excellent customer service and head office support.

“Across our 700 stores nationwide, it’s our people who make our stores such a great experience for our customers,” McKay said.

“Whether that be in our store teams or our support office, they are what makes our business extraordinary. I’m delighted to have some of our brilliant team members recognised as the best in their industry by AACS.”

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