By Lisa LaBruno, executive vice president, retail operations & innovation
This year, RILA launched the Supply Chain Innovation Awards with a single mission in mind: to find and recognize startups and legacy solution providers developing game-changing technology that will reimagine and transform retail supply chains. We called on companies that are helping retailers innovate in areas like customer experience, internal operations, leveraging data, automation, and supply chain management.
A panel of top retail supply chain executives helped narrow the pack from fifty applicants to seven finalists: Bell and Howell, Dematic, DHL, FourKites, Kindred, Onfleet, and Shyft.
The finalists joined us in Orlando this week at RILA LINK, RILA's Retail Supply Chain Conference to pitch their technologies from the main stage to a captive audience of over 1,500 retail supply chain executives. A committee of retail executives and industry thought leaders experienced the finalists' technology first-hand and subsequently selected first, second, and third place winners. In addition, retailer attendees cast their vote for "Retailers' Choice" award, reflecting the industry favorite from among the finalists.
The winners are:
"The Awards are an unparalleled opportunity to expose retailers to true innovators whose technology can empower the industry to achieve seamless supply chains," said Lisa LaBruno, RILA's executive vice president of retail operations & innovation. "These winners not only embody the spirit of innovation propelling the retail industry forward today, but they have developed tangible solutions to some of retail's biggest supply chain challenges, as well. We are thrilled to be able to showcase these companies on supply chain's biggest stage this week in Orlando."