Hasbrouck Heights, NJ, May 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retail TouchPoints has announced the first annual Retail Innovator Awards, honoring top executives who have helped improve the consumer shopping experience and uncover new ways to positively impact the retail industry with innovative ideas and solutions.

Award winners will be honored at a luncheon ceremony on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the Yale Club in New York. Seating is limited. Reservations can be secured here: 2014 Innovator Awards registration.

Recipients of the 2014 Innovator Awards include:

v  Jeff Raider, Co-Founder, Harry's and Warby Parker

v  Craig Elbert and Jason Bornstein, Marketing, Bonobos

v  Rudy Hermond, SVP, AT&T

v  Jane Park, CEO, Julep

v  Scott Moore, SVP Marketing, Best Buy

v  Robert Notte, CTO, Jamba Juice

v  Johnna Marcus, Director, Digital Business Development, Sephora

v  Valentino Vettori, Chief Strategy Officer, Century21 Stores

v  Ed Rennemann, Chief Transformation Officer, Crate & Barrel

v  Leena Munjal, SVP, Member Experience and Integrated Retail, Sears Holdings

v  Kevin McKenzie, Global Chief Digital Officer, Westfield Labs

v  Andrew Parkinson, CEO, Peapod

v  John Thrailkill, VP, Container Store

v  Gary Schwartz, CEO/President, Impact Mobile

v  Greg Buzek, Founder, RetailROI

"Retail TouchPoints is in the unique position of watching the retail industry change and evolve in real time," said Debbie Hauss, Editor-in-Chief of Retail TouchPoints. "We've created the Retail Innovators Awards this year because we want to honor those retail executives and thought leaders who think outside the box to develop and foster innovative concepts and strategies that help move the overall retail industry forward, particularly in today's world of ever-changing technology."

About Retail TouchPoints

Retail TouchPoints is an online publishing network for retail executives, with content focused on optimizing the customer experience across all channels. The Retail TouchPoints network is comprised of a weekly newsletter, category-specific blogs, special reports, web seminars, exclusive benchmark research, and a content-rich web site featuring daily news updates and multi-media interviews at www.retailtouchpoints.com. The Retail TouchPoints team also interacts with social media communities via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Caroline Ferns