Haven’t had a chance to submit a nomination for the sixth annual Retail Innovator Awards? You’re in luck! Due to high demand, we’re extending the deadline for nominations to March 29, 2019, so you still have time to nominate individuals who have rejuvenated and shaken up their retail businesses with outside-the-box ideas.
Retail TouchPoints invites you to nominate retail company executives, bloggers/authors and/or industry association executives for the honor. Nominations must highlight:
In 2018, 28 retail executives received Retail Innovator Awards across seven categories. Some of the winners, and their achievements, include:
Clay Johnson, CIO, Walmart. Category: Tech Innovator
Johnson implemented technology, data and design to digitally transform the Walmart associate experience. For example, Walmart rolled out Facebook Workplace, a business chat and collaboration tool where associates can share pictures of product displays with other stores, broadcast news via a live video stream or communicate between different geographies.
Chris McCann, President, 1-800-Flowers.com. Category: Tech Innovator
Under McCann’s leadership, 1-800-Flowers.com has implemented new initiatives around AI, voice search, machine learning and intelligent agents. In particular, the retailer launched an AI-powered gift concierge for mobile and desktop e-Commerce called GWYN (Gifts When You Need).
Aaron Sanandres, CEO and Co-Founder, UNTUCKit. Category: Data Guru
Working with SATO Global Solutions, UNTUCKit rolled out RFID chip technology that collects data on men’s shirts and tracks store traffic and in-store customer behavior.
Heidi Zak, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, ThirdLove. Category: Disruptor
ThirdLove considers the unique needs of diverse body types and shapes; more than 8 million women have completed ThirdLove’s Fit Finder to find the right bra size. The company has donated more than $3.5 million worth of bras to women in need throughout the country.
Kimberly Williams-Czopek, VP of Digital Commerce, Lilly Pulitzer. Category: Mobile Mogul
Williams-Czopek led the charge at Lilly Pulitzer to onboard progressive web apps (PWAs) designed for its growing mobile consumer base. The PWAs engage shoppers on the web without requiring a download from an app store, and are designed to be faster than a typical mobile app experience.
Deb Roth, Senior Director for Process Improvement, Retail Systems and Omnichannel, Office Depot. Category: Operations Operative
Under Roth’s leadership, Office Depot increased sales from omnichannel fulfillment initiatives (in-store pickup, ship-from-store and same day delivery) by 40%. The retailer rolled out mobile dashboards to track daily progress and completion rates.
Previous Retail Innovator Award winners from 2017 include: