Morrisons was named Multiple Magazine Retailer of the Year (over 250 stores) in the PPA MagSell Awards 2012.
The Multiple Magazine Retailer of the Year (up to 250 stores) category was awarded to Eason.
The lunchtime ceremony, at Kings Place, London on 8 March 2012, followed the 2012 PPA Retail Forum, and was attended by leading figures from publishing, retail and the wider magazine supply chain.
WHSmith High Street and Future Publishing jointly scooped the Best Sales or Marketing Initiative of the Year award for their collaborative offer for Official Tour de France, supported by Seymour Distribution. The promotion achieved the highest ever sales of the title through the WHSmith High Street retail network.
In the individual categories, Gemma Koo of Morrisons was named Magazine Category Champion of the Year for her work to maintain the magazine category at the forefront of Home & Leisure development within the Morrisons’ estate. The judges praised Koo for being “proactive, strategic and open to working with publishers and distributors while challenging the status quo”.
The Outstanding Contribution to Magazine Retailing award was presented to Colin Mullins of Fore Partnership, who has championed magazine sales in a 40-year career in retail that included senior positions at the Martin Retail Group (now Martin McColl Retail Group) and Northcliffe Newspaper Group. The accolade is given in recognition of the outstanding commitment Mullins has shown to the magazine category through his consistent enthusiasm, dedication and support for the category.
The winner of the Independent Magazine Retailer of the Year will be revealed separately by the PPA at an in-store presentation.
The MagSell Awards 2012 followed the PPA Retail Forum, which gave multiple retailers, publishers and leading figures from the magazine supply chain a platform to discuss the magazine category at retail.
Following a welcome from PPA CEO Barry McIlheney, there were presentations from Martin Hoskins of Immediate Media Co; PPA chairman Kevin Hand; Ed Garner of Kantar Worldpanel; and Ben Preston, editor of Radio Times.
Jim Bilton of Wessenden Marketing then moderated a panel discussion featuring David Goodchild of H Bauer; Gemma Koo of Morrisons; Mike Mirams of COMAG; and Scott Partridge of Rippleglen.