NARM has unveiled the finalists for its 2003-04 Merchandiser and Supplier of the Year Awards. Billboard Information Group is a finalist in the category of related products and services, as is sister c

NARM has unveiled the finalists for its 2003-04 Merchandiser and Supplier of the Year Awards. Billboard Information Group is a finalist in the category of related products and services, as is sister company Nielsen SoundScan.

Finalists for retailer of the year, large division, are Amazon.com, Best Buy Co., Borders Inc., Target Stores, Tower Records/Video/Books/MTS Inc. and Trans World Entertainment Corp. Contending in the distributor of the year category, large division, are BMG Distribution, EMI Music Marketing, Sony Music Distribution, Universal Music & Video Distribution and WEA Corp.

Up for wholesaler of the year, large division, are Alliance One Stop Group, Anderson Merchandisers and Handleman Co. Competing for the entertainment software supplier of the year, large division, are Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Columbia Records, EMI Jazz & Classics/Blue Note & Angel Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, RCA Music Group and Rhino/WSM.

Awards are also handed out for medium and small divisions.

Other finalists in the related products and services category, for which there is no size distinction, include Case Logic, Concrete Marketing, Hal Leonard Corp. and the NPD Group.

The awards will be handed out at a gala dinner Aug. 24 at the San Diego Marriott hotel, on the final day of the annual NARM convention.

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