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Monday, January 14, 2013
NRF To Give Jeff Bezos Top Retailer Award Tonight
The Seattle Times reports on the decision by the National Retail Federation (NRF) to give Amazon founder/CEO Jeff Bezos its annual Gold Award, noting that "the trade group's selection of Bezos as retailer of the year may be the most surprising one yet when you consider the fierce rivalry between Amazon and the organization's brick-and-mortar base." Bezos is the first online-only retailer to get the award, following in the footsteps of people like Kip Tindell of The Container Store, Terry Lundgren of Macy's, Millard Drexler of J. Crew, and Howard Schultz of Starbucks.
Giving the award to Bezos makes sense. It probably could be argued that it is long overdue. After all, give me the name of another retailer who has had as much impact on commerce and popular culture as Bezos has in the last decade.