Honoring the best in Retail in India: Images Retail Awards 2017
The 14th edition of IMAGES Retail Awards marked a befitting climax to this year’s edition of India Retail Forum (IRF) 2017, India’s largest retail intelligence business conclave.
The 14th edition of IMAGES Retail Awards, powered by Vegas Mall, were presented at the Renaissance, Mumbai, on September 20. A day earlier, it was the turn of IMAGES Retail Technology Awards (IRTA 2017) that was unveiled at the same venue. The Awards marked a befitting climax to this year’s edition of India Retail Forum (IRF) 2017, India’s largest retail intelligence business congregation.
Recognising excellence in the business, IMAGES Retail Awards were conferred through 30 very stylish trophies in 21 categories from a roster of over 150 nominations for retailers and professionals across categories. The awards were presented to recognize and felicitate India’s most forwardlooking and exciting retailers who fuelled growth and innovation across multiple categories in fiscal 2016-17. On its part, IMAGES Retail Technology Awards celebrated some of India’s most outstanding achievements in retail and honoured excellence in digital innovation and implementation in the retail industry. Today, technology deserves a stand-alone status as both a key challenge and facilitator for consumer-facing businesses and IRTA aims to serve as a benchmark in the Indian retail industry by bringing in best practices in honouring the efforts of the retail and technology fraternity.
The awards served as the high point of the twoday India Retail Forum 2017, which was powered by MAPIC. The annual conclave brought together delegates from India and the world. More than 200 distinguished speakers from across the globe, 100+ exhibitors of next-generation retail innovations attended the event this year, which offered innumerable opportunities to tap into India’s high potential retail market. Eminent retailers, including Govind Shrikhande, Chairman, IRF’17 and CCA and MD, Shoppers Stop; Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India, IRF Chairman 2016; Arvind Varchaswi, Managing Director, Sriveda Sattva Private Limited; Philip Auld, MD, Tata Trent; Rakesh Biyani, Joint MD, Future Retail; Shashwat Goenka, Retail Sector head, RP-SG Group; William Bissell, Co-founder & MD, Fabindia; and B.S. Nagesh, Founder, TRRAIN were among the speakers at the event.
“IRF is truly the only forum which matters in India when it comes to retail leaders sharing game changing insights, world-class concepts, as the breaking ground for India entry strategy for global players, and as the incubation ground for fruitful multi-million-dollar partnership ideas and alliances,” said Govind Shrikhande. He further stated, “Over the past two decades incredible transformation in Indian consumer markets has been witnessed by the retail industry. We’re the world’s fastest growing major market, and populated by demanding, aspirational, globally-connected, and ‘living-for-thenow’ consumers. For brand marketers and retailers, as if that were not enough, there is now the added complexity of digital consumption. I believe that,