Digital Retail Innovations Report 2016 launched


The ‘Digital Retail Innovations Report 2016’ has launched with Amazon commandeering the top end of the table with three innovations listed in the top 10 places.

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This year’s report, sponsored by Webloyalty, includes the Top 50 innovations in the UK and Ireland so it is particularly impressive that one company can account for nearly a third of the top 10 innovations.

It has its Echo and Dash products listed along with its developing logistics infrastructure. Echo topped the table with an incredible 925 points out of a possible 960 as scored by an Advisory Panel of 14 respected individuals in the retail and technology industries.

They included Daniel Heaf of Burberry, Paul Wilkinson of Tesco, Jonathan Wall of Shop Direct, Nadia Shouraboura of US-based Hointer, Simon Harrow of Elevaate and Alastair Lennox of Fitch.

But this year’s innovations are not all about mighty Amazon because smaller players also feature highly in the table, with Fittery, Unmade Clothing, and Snap Fashion featuring in the top 10.

This is also the year virtual reality and robotics gains a significant presence compared with the two previous years the report has been published. Included in the 2016 report are Tesco robots, IKEA VR kitchen, Sherry Fitzgerald VR home viewing, Heal’s GoInStore, Domino’s delivery robots, McDonald’s Happy goggles, Fáilte Ireland VR, and Starship delivery robots.

Fashion again features highly with a total of 14 innovations in the report, with the highest ranked innovation being Fittery in seventh place with a score of 765. Unmade is just behind it with 762 points. Last year’s top innovation Doddle has also performed well with its 19th place, which highlights that it continues to innovate.

The Digital Retail Innovations Report 2016 also feature a top 10 overseas innovations that is topped by Macy’s Go! solution developed with Hointer and which is followed by the Operator collaboration with UberRUSH.

Glynn Davis, editor, Retail Insider