Overview

Retail is one of the most important industries in Hong Kong.  Thanks to those outstanding enterprises who are committed to drive business innovation and technology adoption to achieve excellence across retailing.  With what it calls the Smart Retail or New Retail, adoption of the latest technologies such as mobile, omni-channel, cloud, big data etc prevail as the key driver for competitive advantage.

In order to recognize and encourage excellence in retail technology adoption, we annually organise the Hong Kong Retail Innovation Award since 2017 which honor the outstanding retailers and technology vendors driving the innovation.  In addition, there is an award category which recognizes the most innovative product or service developed by local start-ups.

        
Application Procedure

Participating companies should complete the entry form:

Key Dates
Entries Open :2 May 2018
Entries Close : 29 June 2018
(Due to overwhelming response, the application deadline is extended!)
Awards Presentation :20 September 2018
No admission charge for entry
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Hong Kong Retail Innovation Award?

The Hong Kong Retail Innovation Award is organized by the Hong Kong Retail Technology Industry Association (RTIA) to recognize the outstanding application projects with adoption of retail technologies and to encourage the homegrown innovation and development of retail technologies and products.

Why do we (RTIA) launch the Hong Kong Retail Innovation Award?

There has never been a more exciting time as every part of the retailing services is actively looking at new innovation. With what it calls the Smart Retail or New Retail model, adoption of the latest technologies such as mobile, omni-channel, cloud, big data etc prevail as the key driver for competitive advantage. In order to recognize and encourage excellence in retail technology adoption, we organise the Hong Kong Retail Innovation Award which honor the outstanding retailers and technology vendors driving the innovation. 

What are the award categories available and how many winners will be selected?

The Hong Kong Retail Innovation Award 2018 comprises three main categories and five awards, and there will be Gold / Silver / Bronze Award and Certificate of Merit to be presented in each award:

    For Retailers
  • Best Retail Innovation (Application) Award
  • Media Choice Innovation Award

    For Technology Vendors
  • Best Retail Innovation (Product) Award
  • Retailer Choice Innovation Award
  • Media Choice Innovation Award

    For Technology Start-ups
  • Best Retail Startup Innovation (Product) Award
  • Retailer Choice Innovation Award
  • Media Choice Innovation Award

Who are eligible to enter?

The award is open to all locally registered companies who are engaged in the deployment or development of retail-oriented applications or products. Eligible entries can be any ICT applications/products deployed or developed for use across retailing that facilitates point of sale, order processing, payment transaction or any consumer-related activities.

Our business focuses on online retailing – can we enter?

Yes. We take a broad and inclusive view of the retail industry’s progression towards online retailing. Participating companies do NOT need to operate a physical retail outlet as long as they offer any consumer-related services through some sort of service channels that facilitates the exchange of goods or services.

We are global technology vendors with presence in Hong Kong – can we enter?

Yes. We would advise global technology vendors to submit an entry jointly with retailers who have deployed the related applications for the Best Application Award category. There will be no restriction on the number of entries even for the same product as long as the first applicant is different.

Our project has just been completed – can we enter?

For application into the Best Application Award category, the mentioned project application should have been completed in Hong Kong for at least 3 months before the date of application.

Our product has just been launched – can we enter?

For application into the Best Product Award category, the mentioned product application should have been launched in Hong Kong for at least 3 months before the date of application.

Our product is a joint development with an overseas company – can we enter?

For application into the Best Product Award category, a significant part of the mentioned product innovation must be carried out in Hong Kong. As long as the participants can demonstrate some key processes of the product development are carried out locally, we welcome their submissions.

We are part of a large technology vendor – can we enter the startup category?

For application into the Best Startup Product Award category, the participating company must be incorporated for no more than 2 years before the date of application, with a significant part of the mentioned product innovation carried out in Hong Kong. As long as the applicant is not majority owned by a holding company who has been incorporated for more than 2 years, we welcome their submissions.

Who are the judges?

Judging panel comprises renowned figures from relevant industry associations, research organizations and academic fields.

What are the judges looking for?

Assessment is based on the following main factors: innovation and creativity, functionality, marketability, benefits and impact. Participating companies need to demonstrate not only an innovative adoption of technologies but also a sound business case with market potential, stakeholder benefits and industry impact.

What happen if we win?

Award winners will be invited to attend the Awards Presentation Ceremony and Gala Dinner organised by the Hong Kong Retail Technology Industry Association. This will be a great opportunity for the winners to promote their remarkable achievements to be recognized by the industry.

What are the prizes for winners?

Winners will be entitled to receive award trophies of the Best Retail Innovation Award as a permanent momento of their success; to display the official award logo on their publicity materials to signify their outstanding performance; to one-year free membership of the Hong Kong Retail Technology Industry Association; to participate in the promotional events and media coverage to publicise their winning projects/products and company.

What is the admission charge for entry?

No admission charge is required.

Contact Us

For further information about the Hong Kong Retail Innovation Award 2018, please contact our Secretariat Office.

Hong Kong Retail Technology Industry Association – Secretariat Office
Tel:(852) 3586 9285
Fax :(852) 3585 1060
Email :award@hkrtia.org
Address :Unit 757, 7/F, The Wave, 4 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Website :http://www.hkrtia.org/campaigns/reinaward2018