The World Retail Congress, platform for senior leaders to come together and discuss the major issues and trends affecting the industry, has announced the first finalist for the World Retail Awards 2015, with further finalists to be confirmed by the end of August. Award winners will receive their prizes during a ceremony taking place on September 10, at the Rome Cavalieri hotel in Rome, Italy. As a novelty this year, a new category has been introduced by suggestion of the awards jury: the ‘young retailer entrepreneur of the year’. The aim is to recognize the new retail businesses that have launched in recent years by the next generation of retailers to meet the demands of todays’ consumers. Here’s a complete list of all award categories and the respective finalists:

Store design of the year
Rose Biketown, Munich by Blocher & Blocher.
Markthal, Rotterdam by MVRDV and Designers Winy Maas.
Hamleys World, Moscow by Fitch.
Galeria Melissa, London. Architects: IDL and Melissa’s Muti Randolph.
Madcooperativet, Copenhagen by the Inhouse Concept design team and Cada Design.
Rockar, Bluewater, UK.

E-commerce retailer of the year
Jumia, Nigeria., UK.
Michael Hill Jewellery, Australia.
Yoox Group, Italy.
Appliancesonline, Australia., China.
Mudo, Turkey.

Young retail entrepreneur of the year
Kunal Bahl, co-founder, Snapdeal.
Nitin Passi, founder,
John Winning, CEO, the Winning Group.
Bahman Nedaei, Zahir Dehnadi, co-founders, Navabi.
Gökhan Meriçliler, founder, Poi.

Retail advertising campaign of the year
M&S “For Every Milestone”. RKCR/Y&R.
Coop Italy for “Chiedilo alla Coop”. Y&R Italy.
Intel for “Get In The Mix with NE YO”. Arc Worldwide, Chicago.
Continente for “Going to Continente Makes it Worth Your While”. By Fuel
Watsons Taiwan for “Have a cozy and lazy life with Gudetama”. By Dentsu Taiwan.
M&S Food for “Adventures”. RKCR/Y&R.

Retail transformation & reinvention award
Shortlist to be announced by the end of August.