The winners of the 2019 International Visual Merchandising (VM) Awards were announced at the RetailExpo, a European retail trade event, in London earlier this month.
Overall winner: SM City Dasmariñas
The awards, which ran for the third consecutive year, rewards the best examples of VM from around the world and across all sectors, covering any season or theme. This includes window dressings, point-of-purchase and displays.
This year's awards attracted more than 200 entries from around the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia, with all shortlisted entries displayed in the Design Zone at RetailExpo.
Retailers, brands, shopping centres, high streets and creative agencies submitted admissions to an expert judging panel including: Matthew Valentine, editor, Retail Design World; Aoife Blicher, head of VM, Magasin du Nord; Clare Otte, visual merchandising director, Foot Locker; and Daphne Duttileux, Retail Design and VM Director, L'Oreal Luxe.
The category winners and overall winner of the Grand Prix prize were announced at a ceremony at RetailExpo on 1 May 2019.
And the winners are...
Overall winner: SM City Dasmariñas
Fashion Footwear and Jewellery: Office in collaboration with Nike
IT, Telecomms and Electricals: EE
Department Stores: ABC Sal
Best Use of Digital: Macy's, Inc.
Most outstanding Feature or Prop: ABC Sal
Shopping Centres, Town Centres and Airports: SM City Dasmariñas
Beauty and Cosmetics: Penhaligon's
Grocery - Including Supermarkets, Food and Drink: Frank & Honest
Entries are now open for this year's South African Council of Shopping Centres' (SACSC) Retail Design and Development Awards 2019...
13 May 2019
VM more crucial than ever
Matt Bradley, event director at RetailExpo, commented prior to the show: “As retailers globally face increasingly complex trading conditions the art and skill of visual merchandising is more crucial than ever as shoppers demand even more from in-store experiences and expect to be surprised and delighted by the retail environment.
"Indeed, the latest research in our One Vision report shows that 70% of shoppers would shop elsewhere – either online or with a competitor – if a retailer didn’t provide an exciting or engaging environment, while 63% of shoppers also said they want the places they shop to be inspiring."
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It is always a motivational factor to be recognised in the form of receiving an award. Regardless of the scale of the event, being awarded would always drive a person to perform even better. It is a win-win situation for both the giver and the recipient.
while it's most certainly quite important to recognize the top businesses in each field, I wonder how much of visual merchandising plays a part now in this digital age. All of you products could be easily rendered on a application without ever having to worry about what your final product really looks like...