Ken Nisch, Chair­man - JGA

VM&RD - - VM&RD RETAIL DESIGN AWARDS 2016 -

“The or­gan­i­sa­tion of the en­tries made it easy to nav­i­gate, eas­ily re­view into “good, bet­ter, best” sub­mit­tals, and fa­cil­i­tate the judg­ing process. I did see that there are some cat­e­gories that are woe­fully un­der-en­tered, oth­ers that are overly-en­tered, which I think sug­gests pos­si­bly look­ing at the cat­e­gories them­selves, pos­si­bly some of the heav­ily sub­scribed cat­e­gories where there might be a dozen or two dozen en­tries might re­spond well to be­ing bro­ken into sec­ondary cat­e­gories, oth­ers pos­si­bly ei­ther there isn’t a high enough level of in­ter­est or work go­ing on that ei­ther could be elim­i­nated or ag­gre­gated. I be­lieve there is a good sense of global trends, and global stan­dards are well rep­re­sented, par­tic­u­larly among the larger re­tail op­er­at­ing groups. Again many of the en­tries are ac­tu­ally in­ter­na­tional pro­to­types and not re­flec­tive of any par­tic­u­lar ef­fort rel­a­tive to the In­dian mar­ket­place, and of course those rep­re­sent in­ter­na­tional trends and bench­mark­ing by de­fault.

I am par­tic­u­larly im­pressed with the work that is gen­er­ated within the In­dian mar­ket­place or through part­ner­ships in the In­dian mar­ket­place, as be­ing im­por­tant to the In­dian de­sign in­dus­try vs. the “parachut­ing” of in­ter­na­tional con­cepts into the mar­ket with lit­tle re­gard to lo­cal cre­ativ­ity or tal­ents.”

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