RetailEXPO Innovation Awards shortlist announced
Written by Hannah McGrath
RetailEXPO has announced the shortlist for its 2019 Innovation Awards.
The awards celebrate vendors whose innovative products and services can re-energise operations to deliver enhanced customer experience, from in-store design and digital signage, to payment solutions, biometrics and robotics.
The ten shortlisted companies are:
Digimarc Corporation – Digimarc Barcode, an advanced code for packaging, thermal labels and apparel hangtags, offering more reliable and efficient scanning for shoppers.
DigitalBridge – Aspect, a guided design platform that integrates onto retailers’ websites to help customers design and buy their dream bathroom or kitchen.
Dotaki – an artificial intelligence-based solution that improves online conversions by adapting content and experiences to each visitor.
EUVEKA – a biometric robot mannequin to enhance performance and mass customisation.
Geoblink – a location intelligence platform delivering in-depth market research via advanced predictive data capabilities.
Klana – Pay Later, which gives consumers the option to pay later or over time, providing a frictionless checkout experience.
M-Netics – iM2Retail provides a full visibility of online and retail stock on one single platform.
Onestock – an omnichannel order management solution, connecting online demand with store supply.
NearSt – a solution that drives footfall by integrating with a store’s point of sale units to identify available product and connect it in real-time to local shoppers’ online search.
Trueform – a bespoke digital signage provider shortlisted for its work with Westfield in delivering digital interactive display hubs.
Each year the entries to the RetailEXPO Innovation Awards are independently judged by a panel of industry experts. This year the judging panel was made up of: Kathryn Malloch, head of customer experience at Hammerson; Ken Daley, chief executive of JML; Mark McMurtrie, director at the Payments Consultancy; Matthew Valentine, editor of Retail Design World; and Caroline Baldwin, editor at Essential Retail.
Matt Bradley, event director for RetailEXPO, commented: “At a time of unprecedented technological advancement and in the context of a fast-moving and challenging retail trading environment, innovation has never been as critical to the success of modern multichannel retailing.
“A hallmark of the very best-in-breed technologies that have the power to digitally transform retailing, we congratulate all of the companies shortlisted in what was a highly competitive competition this year, and look forward to announcing the overall winner at the show in May,” he concluded.
The awards will take place during the first day of the show, on 1 May at London Olympia.