Retail Insider launches its ‘Transforming Retail 2020 Awards’

Retail Insider, the influential retail blog edited by award-winning journalist Glynn Davis, is calling for entries to its awards dedicated to digital and technological innovation.

The Retail Insider ‘Transforming Retail’ Awards 2020, now in its fourth year, has under the current circumstances been pared down in terms of the number of categories and the kind of Awards event we are going to be able to hold at the end of the judging process.

But if Covid-19 has taught us anything it is surely that retailers are overwhelmingly quick to adapt and innovate in the face of a crisis. Our Awards have always been designed to showcase the best examples of forward thinking in retail across the sector and we feel strongly that the Awards this year will illustrate just how retailers all over the country have accepted and met the challenges that the pandemic has thrown at them.

Our Awards will therefore feature five categories: ‘Most Promising Newcomer of the Year’, ‘Delivery Innovation of the Year’, ‘Most Intelligent Use of Data’, ‘Contribution to Sustainability’ and ‘Best Connected Experience’. We know the retail sector is always full of energy, ideas and creativity and we want to give you the opportunity to publicise what you have been doing during the last year to innovate in your particular field.

Entry applications will be judged by an independent panel of experts chosen by Glynn Davis.  The judging panel is as follows: Paul Wilkinson, senior product manager for Alexa shopping at Amazon; Martin Newman, founder of Customer First Group; Lawrence Shaw, CEO of Sitemorse; Simon Calver, head of venture investments at BGF; Edwina Dunn, CEO of Starcount; Sarah McVittie, co-founder of Dressipi; and Dave Elston, digital consultant.

Full details of the Awards criteria can be found here.

Entrants are only allowed to enter two categories and both entries must be different. There is no cost attached to entering.

The process for applying is very simple and is outlined in the entry documents. Entry forms/more information is available from Retail Insider – please email with any questions or requests for entry forms.

Deadline for entries is July 10, 2020. Shortlisted entries will be notified in early-August 2020. The announcement of the winners will then take place at an evening event to be held on a date TBC in late-October 2020 to which all shortlisted entrants, sponsors and Judges will be invited along with other senior executives in the retail industry.

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Glynn Davis, Editor, Retail Insider