Retail TouchPoints Announces 2018 Retail Innovator Awards

28 Retail Execs Honored for Innovation in Retail

Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, UNITED STATES

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J., May 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Retail TouchPoints (RTP), the industry’s go-to source for customer engagement strategies, has announced the 2018 Retail Innovator Award winners. In its fifth year, the Retail Innovator Awards honor business leaders who are embracing positive disruption in retail.

“It was a great year for disruption in the retail industry,” said Debbie Hauss, Editor-in-Chief of Retail TouchPoints. “We are impressed by the innovative and unique strategies, technologies and ideas retail executives launch into the increasingly competitive retail marketplace. Undeterred by talks of a ‘Retail Apocalypse,’ these pioneers are forging forward with long-term sustainability as their goal.”

All 28 winners were announced at the Retail Innovation Conference, April 30-May 2, 2018, at the Convene event space in New York City. Attendees heard from the winners and learned their success stories and insights into their winning strategies.

This year the winners are grouped into seven categories:

Tech Innovator

  • Charles Brown, President, The Source
  • Clay Johnson, CIO, Walmart
  • Chris McCann, President, Inc.

Data Guru

  • Shane Sampson, Chief Marketing & Merchandising Officer, Albertsons
  • Aaron Bernstein, Senior Director, Insights & Advocacy, Walmart
  • Luke Chatelain, VP of Innovation, West Elm
  • Erin Estelle, Marketing Director, 99 Cents Only Stores
  • Ian Marquis, E-Commerce Manager, Stonewall Kitchen LLC
  • Aaron Sanandres, CEO and Co-Founder, UNTUCKit

Operations Operative

  • Alexandre Hubert, Senior Director, IT Strategy & Logistics, Browns Shoes
  • Sahal Laher, Chief Digital Officer and CIO, Destination XL Group, Inc.
  • Romain Liot, COO, Adore Me
  • Deb Roth, Sr. Director for Process Improvement, Retail Systems and Omni Channel, Office Depot
  • Mike Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, PVH Corp.
  • Julie Wainwright, CEO and Founder, The RealReal

Loyalty Leader

  • Alicia Anderson, Marketing Manager, Zumiez
  • John Wompey, Vice President, Customer Experience & Connectivity, North America, Foot Locker

Mobile Mogul

  • Kimberly Williams-Czopek, Vice President of Digital Commerce, Lilly Pulitzer

Influencer Marketing Pro

  • Julie Campbell, VP of Marketing, Astral Brands


  • Eugene Alletto, CEO and Quarterback, BEDGEAR
  • Miki Berardelli, CEO, KIDBOX
  • Manish Chandra, CEO and Founder, Poshmark
  • Eric Lichtmess, VP Advertising and Integrated Media, Tommy Hilfiger
  • Natalie Mackey, CEO, Glow Concept
  • Jesse Montano, VP of Marketing and E-Commerce, Coyuchi
  • Monique Salvador, CEO and Founder, Blushup
  • Shivika Sinha, CEO, The Veneka Group
  • Heidi Zak, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, ThirdLove

To learn more, you can download the full 2018 Retail Innovator Awards Report.

About the 2018 Retail Innovation Conference
Hosted by Retail TouchPoints, the 2018 Retail Innovation Conference (#RIC18) is a three-day educational and networking event that aims to help retailers think differently by spotlighting the disruptors who are driving business success. #RIC18 was held April 30-May 2, 2018 at the Convene event space in New York City.

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, special reports, web seminars, exclusive benchmark research, an insightful editorial blog, and a content-rich web site featuring daily news updates and multi-media interviews at The Retail TouchPoints team also interacts with social media communities via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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