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The 2020 Hardware Awards are all go and proceeding as planned!

Despite these "unprecedented" times, the 25th Hardware Awards will again be the highlight of the hardware, home improvement and building supplies calendar.

The 2020 Awards are now being held on Wednesday 4th of November (note the revised date!), still at Cordis Auckland. 

Tickets can be purchased online ($285.00+GST per seat), but don’t leave it until too late or you may miss out!

For obvious reasons, we have also pushed out the nomination and entry deadline dates (see below for details) as well as implementing changes for this year to some categories (see below).

For this year, for example, the Retail Store and Trade Store of the Year categories are no longer split into large and small.

Please note: due to a sudden and unexpected rush of demand to reinstate the Trade Account Manager of the Year category, we have reconsidered and will include this category again this year! !


Retailer of the Year

Open to hardware and builders’ supply merchants.

This award recognises a truly outstanding retailer – builders’ merchant (aged 33 years or over as at August 7, 2020) who has shown initiative and enterprise in leading their  team. Entrants will be owners, managers or JV partners of a hardware store or builders’ supply merchant.

In addition to our 2020 Hardware Awards travel prizes, this year's Retailer of the Year will also be rewarded with a place at Massey University’s acclaimed two-day Strategic Transformation in Retailing executive-education programme at Massey’s Albany Auckland campus.


Young Retailer of the Year

Open to hardware and builders’ supply merchants.

This award recognises a young retailer or builders’ merchant (aged 32 years or under as at August 7, 2020) who has achieved a high standard in their retailing career.

Entrants will ideally be department managers, store managers or shareholders of a hardware retailer or builders’ supply merchants.

In addition to our 2020 Hardware Awards travel prizes, this year's Young Retailer of the Year will also be rewarded with a place at Massey University’s acclaimed two-day Strategic Transformation in Retailing executive-education programme at Massey’s Albany Auckland campus.


Trade Account Manager of the Year

Open to account managers at builders’ supply merchants.

This award recognises an account manager active in the building supplies sector who has consistently displayed a high standard of sales professionalism and has a proven record in account management.

Entrants will be account representatives or account managers who sell hardware and building supply products by calling on builders and building companies during a regular call cycle.

This is a nationwide award with no age restriction.


Supplier Account Manager of the Year

Open to supplier account managers.

This award recognises an account manager active in the sector who has consistently displayed a high standard of sales professionalism and has a proven record in account management.

Entrants will be account representatives or account managers who sell hardware or building supply products by calling on retail and merchant stores during a regular call cycle. This is a nationwide award with no age restriction.


Retail Store of the Year

Open to hardware and builders’ supply merchants.

This award recognises outstanding retail stores in the hardware, builders’ supply or home decor industries.

For 2020, this category is not being split by size. Retail stores of all sizes will be judged for the quality of their service.

Nomination of suitable candidates for these awards will be by industry retail groups. No entry forms are required for this category. Entrants for each category must have been trading for a minimum of one year as at 10 June, 2020.

NEW DATE: Judging deadline 4 September.


Trade Store of the Year

Open to hardware, builders supply trade stores which service the trade sector.

This award recognises outstanding trade stores in the hardware and builders’ supply industries.

For 2020, this category is not being split by size. Trade stores of all sizes will be judged for the quality of their service.

Nomination of suitable candidates for these awards will be by industry retail groups. No entry forms are required for this category. Entrants for each category must have been trading for a minimum of one year as at 10 June, 2020.

NEW DATE: Judging deadline 4 September.


Supplier of the Year

Open to hardware and building merchant suppliers.

This award recognises outstanding industry suppliers of products to the hardware, builders’ supply and home decor retail sectors. Judges will be looking for suppliers that demonstrate effectiveness in key operational areas.

Six categories:

  • Building products
  • Painting & decorating
  • Garden
  • Hand & power tools
  • Hardware
  • Kitchen & Bathroom NEW CATEGORY!

Nominations of suppliers will be by industry retail groups and merchants, who will nominate their top suppliers. No entry forms are required for this category.

NEW DATE: Judging deadline 4 September.