Retail Insider ‘Transforming Retail’ Awards 2020

The Awards

Retail Insider is proud to launch its fourth ‘Transforming Retail’ Awards for 2020 after the success of last year. The aim of the awards is to showcase the best examples of innovation in retail technology across the sector.

We would like to invite relevant organisations to apply to be shortlisted in the relevant categories.

If you wish to nominate for an award all you need to do is choose from the categories below, then submit written evidence to support the application in no more than 500 words using the judging criteria listed below.

Companies are  allowed to enter two categories but the entries must be different. There is no cost attached to entering.

To receive an application form immediately please contact: christina@busicomm.co.uk

Deadline for entry is 31 July 2020. Shortlisted entries will be notified in mid-August 2020.

The Categories

There are five categories to enter:

1. Most Promising Newcomer

Judges will be looking for a company that has made an impact in its youth but is not a disruptor that will flame-out. There must be some longevity to its business model. The company could be a retailer that is quickly making its mark or a technology provider that is delivering a particularly impressive solution to its retail clients.

2. Best Connected Experience of the Year

Judges will be looking for a company that has been able to deliver a seamless experience across the various channels in which it operates. Evidence of a consistent customer experience and intelligent management of inventory across the channels will be good indicators of success.  Retailers that operate predominantly online but have some physical presence will also be welcome to enter this category.

3. Delivery Innovation of the Year

Judges will be looking for a technology that has helped retailers deal with one of the most troublesome aspects of their businesses: effective and cost-efficient delivery. Evidence should be provided that highlights specifically how the solution has directly benefited retailers in their delivery of goods to consumers.

4. Most Intelligent Use of Data

Judges will be looking for a solution that is an outstanding example of how data is being cleverly used within retail organisations. This could be through the delivery of personalisation that has improved the customer experience or it could be the use of data in the back-end that has markedly helped the operational efficiency of the retailers’ business.

5. Contribution to Sustainability

Judges will be looking for an individual, business, or a solution that has made a significant contribution to sustainability within the retail industry. There needs to be evidence that environmental impact has been made and that it has not simply been about positive PR.

Plus one final award:

Editor’s Special Award

Editor Glynn Davis will be proposing, and then considering, a solution, business, or person that receives this special award for what is regarded as a major noteworthy contribution to the industry over the course of the year.

Entrants are allowed to enter two categories but the entries must be different. There is no cost attached to entering. Entries to be submitted by 31 July.

The Judging Process

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

Awards ceremony

The announcement of winning entries will be at an evening event to be held on a date TBC in late October 2020 to which all shortlisted entrants and sponsors will be invited along with other senior executives in the retail industry.