ousts John Lewis as Britain’s Best Retailer for customer satisfaction in Verdict Awards

FacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail has won Verdict’s prestigious Best Retailer Award for 2015, showing that selling online only is no longer a barrier to delivering great customer satisfaction.

The electricals pureplay retailer won the accolade at Verdict’s Customer Satisfaction Awards, which were held at the Banking Hall, London last night, preventing John Lewis from a hat-trick of wins, having won in 2013 and 2014.’s victory marks both the first time an online pureplay retailer and the first time an electricals specialist has taken the top prize. The Award for Best Electricals Retailer went to John Lewis with in second place, followed by Amazon.

The awards are based on two surveys of 22,000 shoppers carried out by Verdict, in which scored highly across all areas of service, with standout scores in delivery options and returns policies, price and value for money.

Patrick O’Brien, content director at Verdict, said: “ has been pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved online. Its extensive use of video, customer reviews and detailed product information and knowledge are clearly appreciated by its customers, backed up with free next day delivery and low prices.”

John Lewis, which was runner-up overall, still took home three awards. It came top for clothing and homewares, and also managed to beat to win in electricals, but it missed out on the Best Overall Retailer prize due to its performance in other product areas in which it operates.

In the online awards, which were sponsored by Royal Mail, came out on top, showing that the retailer’s high investment in personalisation is resonating with shoppers, while Next won the click & collect award for the second year running, despite much greater competition this year as many retailers have invested heavily in this area.

Award Winner Second Third
Best Retailer John Lewis Apple
Best Food Retailer Waitrose Aldi Marks & Spencer
Best Clothing Retailer John Lewis ASOS Next
Best Footwear Retailer Clarks Marks & Spencer Next
Best Electricals Retailer John Lewis Amazon
Best Homewares Retailer John Lewis IKEA Next
Best Furniture Retailer IKEA Amazon B&Q
Best Health & Beauty Retailer Avon Boots Amazon
Best DIY & Gardening Retailer Screwfix Amazon IKEA
Online awards sponsored by Royal Mail      
Best Online Retailer Very John Lewis Amazon
Best Online Fulfilment Retailer Amazon Next
Best Click & Collect Retailer Next John Lewis Boots