Cart.com, Serve Robotics, Spacee, and Flowcode are among the nominees in the Global Startup of the Year category at the 2022 RTIH Innovation Awards.
This award will recognise the startup (based outside of the UK) with the most innovative technology offering and the company which is best placed to succeed in the long-term (management, funding, the retailers it is working with etc).
2022 shortlist as follows:
Avataar is shaping consumers’ online buying and browsing behaviour by creating immersive, interactive 3D AR shopping experiences for its retail and e-commerce partners.
Omair Tariq founded Cart.com in November 2020 to level the playing field in e-commerce for brands of all sizes seeking to compete with the digital giants who dominate this trillion dollar channel.
The company brought to market an e-commerce-as-a-service platform that today supports 6,000 brands and 29 million products for retailers that range from adidas, Guess and Bare Minerals to born in the pandemic brands like HalfDays and Rowing Blazers.
The offering includes search and social feed management, omnichannel management, digital advertising, inventory management, online storefront and fulfilment.
Coalescent Mobile Robotics
Coalescent Mobile Robotics is a startup based in Denmark, designing and developing mobile robots specifically for the retail industry.
These help floor staff and supermarkets by automating the transportation processes in operations such as restocking, order fulfilment and other needs. The robots carry full or empty trolleys from the internal warehouse to the shopfloor and vice versa.
ConverSight.ai has built a conversational intelligent platform that uses Natural Language Processing and machine learning to converge the distance between humans and machines.
Founded in 2019, Flowcode has gained notable traction in its short tenure, utilised by 60% of the Fortune 500 in the United States and globally by the likes of Marks & Spencer.
As consumers look for the same personalised, engaging and safe shopping experience in-store and online, Flowcode enables this for brands, enabling a seamless integration between in-person retail experiences and their virtual presence, both online and in the virtual world/Web3.
This is thanks to its proprietary technology for which customised QR codes serve as the entry point. By unifying data driven design with the latest in QR technology including geo tagging capabilities, Flowcode enables contactless connection with speed, security and ease.
refive is an end-to-end customer operating system that empowers retailers to know and engage their in-store customers through various offline and online touchpoints.
Retailers such as Puma, vomFass, and Shoepassion refive to: Connect each purchase in-store (via QR-based digital receipts) and online checkout with an individual customer profile to collect personal, purchase, behaviorial and attitudinal data.
Create rich customer profiles and derive actionable insights into customer behaviour via a powerful retail-focused analytics engine; Interact with customers pre- and post-checkout using a range of engagement and retention tools.
Serve Robotics is a leader in autonomous robotic delivery, backed by Uber, Nvidia, 7-Eleven and Delivery Hero.
The company has completed tens of thousands of contactless deliveries, including commercial delivery for Uber Eats customers from hundreds of restaurants, and is working to add Walmart, Chili’s and other national partners to its platform.
Shipium aims to provide the modern logistics operator with the tech needed to make fast shipping the cornerstone of business and a great shopping experience.
It helps operators build the structure necessary to make fast shipping and a clear delivery date via a “buy it now, get it on X day” promise to online shoppers a reality before they make a purchase.
Spacee provides the computer vision and AI solutions that help businesses drive new insights, improve efficiency and boost revenue.
Its interactive displays help engage and educate, and its unobtrusive shelf robots collect near real-time inventory data needed to help decrease stockouts and improve supply chain efficiency.
Zipline is an all in one store operations platform for retail brands.
It recently announced its inclusion as a sample vendor in both the Gartner Hype Cycle for Frontline Worker Technologies, 2022 and the Gartner Hype Cycle™ for Digital Workplace Applications, 2022.
And the winner is…
It’s now over to our judging panel to decide the winner, who will be revealed at an exclusive event in central London on Tuesday, 6th December.
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RTIH Editor, Scott Thompson, says: “Innovation and technology play a critical role in the success of the retail sector, so it is great to recognise standout examples through our awards.”
“Thanks to all those who have entered the 2022 event. We received a record number of submissions and many fantastic examples of the continued resilience and dynamism of the retail space during hugely challenging times.”
“I’m now looking forward to deciding the winners with our judging panel and announcing them at our central London event in December.”
2022 RTIH Innovation Awards judging panel as follows:
Warren Richmond, CEO and Founder, Situ Live and Revium Group
Mike Cadden, Technology and Business Transformation Director, Start-Rite Shoes
Peter Waugh, Digital & Data Director, Compass Group
Paula Bobbett, Chief Digital Officer, Boots
Dan Saunders, Retail E-commerce Manager, Stanley Black & Decker
Martin Newman, Founder, The Customer First Group
Toby Pickard, Global Insight Leader, IGD
Matt Taylor, Technology Transformation Leader at EY, Retail and Consumer Products
Amodini Chhabra, Investor, Compass Digital Ventures
Gary Newbury, Supply Chain Advisor and Delivery Executive
Sharon Peters, Head of Technology – Corporate Functions, Marks & Spencer
Nadine Neatrour, Marketing Director, Selfridges
Wizz Selvey, CEO, WIZZ&CO
Simon Curtis, Chief Commercial Officer, PMC Retail
David Polinchock, Co-Founder/President, Unified Brand Experience Lab
FOURTH TIME AROUND
Stay tuned for more shortlists over the next few days.