RetailEXPO announces Innovation Awards shortlist 2019

RetailEXPO has announced its shortlist for the 2019 Innovation Awards.

The ten shortlisted companies will feature on the ‘Innovation Awards Wall’ at the RetailEXPO at London Olympia on 1 & 2 May, with the final winner being announced on the first day of the show.

The shortlisted companies – which solve business challenges from payments and logistics to in-store design and robotics – will also have a chance to pitch their ideas to selected group of retailers and brands who will be given a guided tour of innovations at the exhibition.

“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,” said Matt Bradley, event director at RetailEXPO.

“Our Innovation Awards champion the ground-breaking solutions that have the power to re-energise retailers’ operations and drive business performance. 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.”

Ionut Vlad, founder of Tokinomo, the winner of the 2018 Innovation Awards, added: “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.”

Entries were independently judged by a panel of industry experts. This year the judging panel was made up of: Kathryn Malloch, head of customer experience, Hammerson; Ken Daley, CEO, JML; Mark McMurtrie, director, Payments Consultancy; Matthew Valentine, editor, Retail Design World and Caroline Baldwin, editor, Essential Retail.

The ten shortlisted companies for RetailEXPO’s 2019 Innovation Awards 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)