ANWR Group, the biggest German and European cooperative of independent shoe retailers, will select for the first time innovative and creative shoe retailers for the August-Planke award during its next convention, held on June 22-23 in Mainhausen near Frankfurt. August Blanke was one of the founders of the Nord-West buying group for shoe retailers, which merged with the Ariston buying group to the Ariston-Nord-West-Ring buying group in 2001. The award will be given in two different categories. One will be honoring a successful implementation of a creative and innovative business idea with a €10,000 prize. The second prize will reward an eligible idea, which is important for the future of the shoe retail industry, with an amount of €5,000 including support for the implementation of the idea.