The awards are open to design and display schemes for all forms of retail outlet including but not limited to shopping centres, supermarkets, high streets, pop-ups, retail concepts and in-store features.
Climate change and other environmental problems demand an urgent and coherent response from the retail industry. Sustainable materials and design are no longer considered the inferior choice, they can enhance the in-store experience.
The judges are looking for a display that clearly pushes the boundaries to create a solution that is environmentally friendly and affordable without compromising on quality. The scheme must utilise sustainable and/or recycled materials. Demonstrate what happens to the display after life end – can it be re-used/recycled?
Demonstrate how the POP/POS display stood out amongst competitors, and how the design met the client’s brief. Did it communicate the brand and promotional message? How did you overcome specific challenges? Show results of sales uptake as a result of the POP/POS concept.
Seasonal or temporary display
A display scheme that could be installed and taken out with ease for a seasonal promotion. Demonstrate how the scheme met the brief, and what were the benefits to the retailer in terms of logistics and any in-store challenges. How did the installation reflect the brand and the promotional campaign? The scheme can be Christmas, Easter, Pride, Black Friday etc.
An in-store lighting scheme that complements the brand and its products, helping to bring to life the in-store environment. Creating the mood and ambience of a space with the lighting implementation.
Graphics, signage and wayfinding
Signs and/or graphics used to create clear communication within store. Demonstrate how the project balances communicating information effectively whilst demonstrating brand values in their best light.
Surfaces & finishes
Demonstrate how the materials used reflect the brand's ethos and complement the interior design of the store. Why were they chosen? What do they bring to the in-store environment?
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Does the scheme complement the brand and products on display? Show originality, creativity, storytelling and flair in visual merchandising. This category covers both windows and in-store schemes.
Innovative Display product
Goods and services can be displayed to highlight their features and benefits. How does the display attract, engage and motivate the customer towards making a purchase?
As retail embraces transformation, technology plays a key role in store.
Demonstrate how the technology enhances the retail store and enriches the customer experience.
Pop-up retail is the temporary use of physical space to create a long term, lasting impression with potential customers. Does the pop-up communicate the brand's ethos through the use of a unique and engaging physical environment while creating an immersive shopping experience? Demonstrate how the scheme pushed the boundaries for the brand, such as strong social media following and an uptake in sales.
Store-in-store or concession
A store-in-store concept or concession that stands out from the crowd. Needs to reflect the brand effectively while complementing the overall surroundings of the store.
Food/Beverage and Supermarket Design - NEW
Open to food retailers of all sizes, whether a supermarket or specialist store, you need to demonstrate excellence in design and layout.
Discuss any innovations such as merchandising initiatives, marketing techniques, or improvements to the instore environment.
Independent store (max 3 stores)
This award highlights the value of innovative design within independent retail. Demonstrate what makes the store stand out in the community; how does it stand out amongst larger competitors?
Moving away from store design, this award focuses on the customer experience, creating a memorable, enriching and engaging environment for shoppers. Looking at experiences that help retailers stand out against competitors, encouraging shoppers to return. This category is open to permanent and temporary stores, pop-ups and concessions.
Overall store collaboration (supplier, designer and retailer)
New stores opened in the last 12 months that demonstrate clear communication and collaboration between suppliers, designers and the retailer throughout the whole design process, from planning to completion. Provide details of achievements in terms of build, finish and translating design ideas.
C A Design Services will be giving category finalists a StoreView 360 virtual tour of their project to share ahead of the Awards Ceremony.
Store fit-outs and refurbishments from within the last 12 months, delivering an inspirational environment for today’s consumers. Demonstrate how the store design benefits the shopper journey throughout the space, enhances the retail brand, encourages dwell time and ultimately sales.
Inspirational Person Award 2019
A clear demonstration of outstanding achievement over the past 12 months in your job role. Please provide examples of work with a short brief and images. Supporting statistics about how the redesign/display/installation benefited both the retailer and consumer. Individuals can enter themselves or be put forward by colleagues.
Judges Choice Award
All entrants are considered for the Judges Choice Award.
A standout entry from the judging process that has caught the panel’s eyes and is worthy of recognition. Something that goes the extra mile in providing interest, innovation and something a little bit special. This can be a product, new store design, refurbishment or experience.