We came out on top in two categories at this year’s prestigious Retail Week Technology Awards, scooping the prizes for EPoS Initiative of the Year and Multichannel Integration of the Year.
In what has become a must-attend event in the retail calendar, the Lancaster London was packed with retailers and suppliers. With some of the biggest names in retail amongst the finalists, we had everything crossed as the results were read out and were delighted to win two major categories:
1. EPOS initiative of the year category
Our collaboration with Aurora Fashions has seen us implement a mobile POS solution on in-store iPads. The technology was trialled at the flagship Oasis store in London, before being rolled out across more stores and other brands.
Liz Evans, managing director of Oasis, explains: “Using iPads is a fun and more practical way of shopping. People don’t have to queue and can buy anywhere on the shop floor. They can also look things up online and take pictures of themselves when trying on clothes. We are making shopping more fun, intuitive and innovative. In our first week of operation, iPad transactions accounted for 20 per cent of sales.”
2. Multichannel Integration Project of the Year
Late last year, the Aurora brands launched a new approach to stock management and order fulfilment in partnership with BT Expedite & Fresca (BT Expedite) and Retail Assist. Anywhere, Everywhere is a strategy in which all selling channels– both on and offline – are integrated such that order fulfilment across all channels can be realised from one stock pool through industry leading systems capability.
Retail Week editor Joanna Perry said on the night: ”The structural changes taking place in our industry at the moment are giving technology a new higher-profile. In the past few years I’ve seen IT go from being thought of as a necessary cost to an enabler of change and a creator of new business opportunities. Everyone in the room – retailers and suppliers – is playing their part in this transformation. Whether you are a winner tonight or not, you should be proud of what you are achieving. Now really is your time to shine.”