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RetailEXPO Innovation Awards 2019: Shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced for the RetailEXPO Innovation Awards 2019 – with winners due to be announced live at the event, which is held from 1-2 May.

The highly competitive awards scheme celebrates agencies and vendors which have developed innovative products or services designed to enhance customer experience across the entire retail sector. Ideas from in-store design and digital signage to biometric payments technology and robotics, and much in between, are eligible.

Each year a panel of industry experts judges the entries. The panel this year included JML CEO Ken Daly, Hammerson head of customer experience Kathryn Malloch, Payments Consultancy director Mark McMurtrie, Essential Retail editor Caroline Baldwin, and Retail Design World editor Matthew Valentine.

The ten shortlisted entries will be featured on the Innovation Awards Wall at RetailEXPO, and the winner named at the Tech Zone Networking Bar on the first day of the event.

“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.  Our Innovation Awards champion the ground-breaking solutions that have the power to re-energise retailers’ operations and drive business performance,” says RetailEXPO event director Matt Bradley.

“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.”

Last year the award was won by Tokinomo. Founder Ionut Vlad says, “We were delighted to win the Innovation Award at last year’s show – there is always so much innovation on display, making it a highly competitive award programme, so we were thrilled to come away with the win. It is a real honour and testament to the dedication, passion and innovation that is behind the solution, which looks to drive forward in-store customer experience.”

The shortlisted entries this year are:

Digimarc Corporation – Digimarc Barcode, an advanced code for packaging, thermal labels and apparel hangtags, offering more reliable and efficient scanning for shoppers and associates (stand 5A71)

DigitalBridge – Aspect, a guided design platform that integrates onto retailers’ websites to help customers design and buy their dream bathroom or kitchen (stand 2A30)

Dotaki – an AI solution that improves online conversions by adapting content and experiences to each visitor (stand 5F80)

EUVEKA – a biometric robot mannequin to enhance performance and mass customisation (stand 5F80)

Geoblink – a location intelligence platform delivering in-depth market research via advanced predictive data capabilities (stand 2B52)

Klarna – Pay Later, gives consumers the option to pay later or over time, providing a frictionless checkout experience (stand 4D20)

M-Netics – iM2Retail provides a full visibility of online and retail stock on one single platform (stand 5G49)

Onestock – an agile omnichannel order management solution, connecting online demand with store supply (stand 5F80)

NearSt – a solution that drives footfall by integrating with a store’s POS to identify available product and connect it in real-time to local shoppers’ online search (stand 2A30)

Trueform – a bespoke digital signage provider shortlisted for its work with Westfield in delivering digital interactive display hubs (stand 2F75)

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