Judges selected a total of 59 award-winning projects in the 2018 Shop! Design Awards competition. The association also named three finalists for the Merriman Above & Beyond Award, presented annually to the Shop! member who delivered extraordinary service to their customer. Top winners for these competitions, as well as the OMAs and Global Awards, will be announced during the Shop! Awards Celebration on Wednesday night, March 28, in Chicago at GlobalShop 2018. Tickets are on sale now.
“Shop is proud to produce four engaging competitions that celebrate the worldwide creative talent within the retail design and in-store marketing industry,” says Shop! CEO Steven A. Weiss, CAE. “The Shop! Awards competitions showcase the work of the retail professionals, designers, marketers, and suppliers who work behind the scenes to create shopper experiences that make brick and mortar stores relevant and exciting.“
This year’s Design Awards winners will include 19 Gold, 19 Silver, and 18 Element Awards, plus the Store of the Year, Fixture of the Year, and Visual Presentation of the Year Awards. Once again, entries were global in nature, with winning projects from Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and Spain in addition to locations across the U.S.
A panel of independent judges came together in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., U.S., Feb. 1–2, to review a total of 219 entries within 29 categories.
“Judges deliberated thoughtfully, with sometimes-lengthy discussion about the merits of projects,” says Jo Rossman, LEED AP ID+C, competition judge and publisher/editor of Retail Environments magazine. “While the changes in retail this year were more evolutionary than revolutionary, some projects truly stood out— including some from unexpected players. We look forward to honoring them at the Shop! Awards Celebration.”
The judging panel comprised past winners and industry publication editors:
- Jennifer Acevedo, Editor-in-Chief, VMSD magazine
- Danny Boddy, Sr. Vice President, Retail, Soft Surroundings
- Jessie Dowd, Executive Editor, design:retail magazine
- Jose Padron, Sr. Manager, Global Retail Design, The Hershey Company
- Diana Revkin, Managing Director, Retail, TPG Architecture, LLP
- Jo Rossman, Publisher/Editor, LEED AP ID+C, Retail Environments magazine
- Dee Spiro, Director of Sustainability / Associate, Bergmeyer
The 2018 finalists for the Merriman Above & Beyond Award, named for retired Executive Director Klein Merriman, who led the association (formerly A.R.E. and NASFM) and PAVE for 18 years, are:
- 555 International
- Nashville Display Manufacturing Co.
For a complete list of the 2018 Design Awards finalists and more information about all four Shop! Awards competitions, visit shopawards.org.
Tickets to the Shop! Awards Ceremony, considered by many as the “Academy Awards” of the retail design and brand marketing industries, are available at shopawards.org.