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December 19, 2012 at 1:11 PM

National retail group lauds Bezos

Amazon.com has hoovered up the largest share of online commerce, but other retailers still appreciate what founder Jeff Bezos has done, apparently.

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Today the National Retail Foundation announced that it is presenting Bezos with its annual Gold Medal award, “the most coveted award in retail, given to an individual who has served the industry with distinction and achieved a national reputation for excellence.”

The NRF award is one of several that Bezos can hang on the wall of Amazon.com’s expanding headquarters in Seattle. Last month he was named Fortune magazine’s 2012 businessperson of the year.

The NRF award will be presented at the trade group’s convention in New York on Jan. 15.

The “retail innovator of the year” award went to John McCarvel, president and chief executive of Crocs, and “international retailer of the year” went to Christine Day, Vancouver, B.C.-based chief executive of lululemon athletica and a former Starbucks executive.

Kohl’s senior executive vice president of logistics, Ken Bonning, won a “Silver Plaque Award” for contributions to the group and industry.

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