Wayfair Named Internet Retailer of the Year in 2016 Internet Retailer Excellence Awards
Wayfair wins the Internet Retailer of the Year Award and MSC Industrial Supply wins top honors in business-to-business e-commerce in the second annual Internet Retailer Excellence Awards handed out at IRCE.
Wayfair Inc., the online home furnishings retailer that grew its online sales 71% last year in its first year as a public company, was named Internet Retailer of the Year, taking the top prize in the second annual Internet Retailer Excellence Awards, held Wednesday night.
"Our job is never really done," said Jane Carpenter, Wayfair's director of public relations, in accepting the award. "We're really focused on creating the world's best e-commerce experience for the home."
Wayfair, No. 24 in the Internet Retailer 2016 Top 500 Guide, operates e-commerce sites Wayfair.com, Joss & Main, AllModern, Birch Lane and Dwell Studio, and increased its active customers in 2015 to 5.4 million from 3.2 million. The e-retailer was selected as the winner of the Internet Retailer of the year award over four other finalists: Amazon.com Inc. (No. 1), Etsy Inc. (No. 23), Nike Inc. (No. 47) and Nordstrom Inc. (No. 18). A panel of judges that included Internet Retailer editors and industry consultants selected the winner.
Judges awarded a total of 13 prizes, including three in business-to-business categories. MSC Industrial Supply Co. won the top honor, claiming the award of B2B E-Commerce Player of the Year. W.W. Grainger Inc., which won the top B2B prize last year, was named winner of the award for the B2B E-Commerce Website Design of the Year. In the category of B2B Marketer of the Year, the winner was label printer Cenveo Inc.
The 13 prizes were awarded Wednesday night at a banquet at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, where the 2016 Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition is taking place.
Here are the winners in all 13 categories in bold, followed by the other finalists in each category:
-Emerging E-Retailer of the Year: Boxed Wholesale LLC, Harry’s, Ipsy, Green Chef Inc.