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RetailEXPO has announced the shortlist for its 2019 Innovation Awards.

The highly competitive RetailEXPO Innovation Awards celebrate vendors whose innovative products and services present visionary ideas on how retailers can re-energise their operations to deliver enhanced customer experience across their business, from in-store design and digital signage, to payment solutions, biometrics and robotics.

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)

Klana – 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)

Each year the entries to the RetailEXPO Innovation Awards are 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

All ten shortlisted exhibitors will be featured on the dedicated ‘Innovation Awards Wall’ at the show. Each shortlisted company will also be featured as part of guided tech tours, led by independent retail analyst and Chairman of Retail Connections, Chris Field.  The tours will take retailers and brands direct to the shortlisted exhibitors’ stands throughout the day for a three-minute elevator pitch explaining how their solution benefits retail businesses.

The overall winner of the 2019 Innovation Awards will be announced on the first day of the expo, held at London Olympia on 1st and 2nd May, at the show’s Tech Zone Networking Bar.

Matt Bradley, Event Director for RetailEXPO, commented: “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.”

“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,” he concluded.

Ionut Vlad, Founder at Tokinomo, the winner of the 2018 Innovation Awards, commented: “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.  RetailEXPO is a landmark show for us to be a part of, especially in the new format of a unified expo, and we look forward to showcasing the exciting new features we have added to our unique device at the show in May.”

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