By Erin Harris, editor-in-chief
We just wrapped up our inaugural Retailer Innovation Awards, and we could not be more excited to unveil the Winners and Finalists in a special report Matt Pillar’s penning for our January/February 2017 issue. To say that the number of thoughtful nominations far exceeded our expectations is an understatement — they were riddled with actionable data and quantifiable results from best of breed retailers both large and small. The competition was fierce, but we think you’ll agree that our Winners earned the title.
Throughout October, we invited IRT subscribers to nominate the most entrepreneurial and groundbreaking retailers in critical areas of business transformation, including omni-channel retailing, customer engagement, in-store operations, WFM/HCM, loss prevention, and supply chain/fulfillment — and their use of retail technology to drive growth and innovation. Each category had clear winners and some pleasant surprises.