payments shortlist announced — Retail Technology Innovation Hub

Grabango, Compass Group, AiFi and CellPoint Digital are among the nominees in the Payments category at the 2022 RTIH Innovation Awards.

This award, sponsored by FreedomPayrecognizes payment initiatives that are both innovative and customer and retailer friendly.

We seek to reward an initiative that has the potential to increase a retailer’s competitiveness and effectiveness and improve the shopper’s experience. Bonus points if the project can be considered the first on the market.

2022 short list as follows:


The Brand Experience Lab (BEL) smart kiosk is powered by computer vision and artificial intelligence that accurately tracks product and process selections.

Customers open the door by scanning a QR through the smart kiosk app that has their payment information.

They can then start searching and selecting products. Once the door closes, the purchase is complete and the selected items are reflected in the app. The app also gives retailers the ability to track customer activity and send push notifications with special offers.

CellPoint Digital

CellPoint Digital is a specialist in payment orchestration worldwide. With its Velocity platform, the company’s mission is to increase the competitiveness of its retail customers by turning payments from a cost into a driver of profit.

Compass/AiFi Group

Compass Group UK&I has unveiled its first completely friction-free store.

Unveiled for the first time not just in the UK, but across the foodservice sector in Europe, the store uses AI-powered machine vision technology from AiFi, allowing shoppers to purchase items without having to wait in line. the line or stop to scan or pay.


Grabango is a leading provider of cashless technology for existing large-scale chain stores.

To get started, shoppers download the free Grabango app available for iPhone and Android, select the items they want, and walk out of the store. Payment is automatic and contactless, saving additional time for the buyer.

The system uses machine learning and computer vision algorithms, running on fault-tolerant edge computing hardware, to deliver high-precision results at low cost.

Grabango’s technology integrates with partners’ existing stores and payment systems, providing the ability to utilize promotional offers and contribute to customer loyalty points and rewards programs.

in communication

Medicare health plans offer their members a variety of supplemental benefits that are delivered through prepaid benefit cards.

However, each offering has traditionally required its own card, an arrangement that can confuse plan members trying to access multiple benefits or determine which retailers will accept plan funds as payment for over-the-counter drugs, health and wellness products, and more.

To eliminate this challenge and streamline acceptance of supplemental health plan benefits at retail, InComm Healthcare has developed the Dual Network Benefits Card.

And the winner is…

Now it’s up to our panel of judges to decide the winner.

This will be revealed at an exclusive event in central London on Tuesday 6th December.

If you are interested in attending this network/roundtable/three-course Christmas lunch event, please fill out the form at the bottom of this article and we will contact you as soon as possible.

RTIH Editor Scott Thompson says, “Innovation and technology play a critical role in the success of the retail industry, so it’s great to recognize outstanding examples through our awards.”

“Thank you to everyone who has entered the 2022 event. We received a record number of submissions and many fantastic examples of the continued resilience and dynamism of the retail space during enormously challenging times.”

“I am now looking forward to deciding the winners with our panel of judges and announcing them at our event in central London in December.”

Judging panel for the 2022 RTIH Innovation Awards as follows:

Warren Richmond, CEO and Founder, Situ Live and Revium Group

Mike Cadden, Director of Technology and Business Transformation, Start-Rite Shoes

Peter Waugh, Chief Digital and Data Officer, Compass Group

Paula Bobbett, Chief Digital Officer, Boots

Dan Saunders, Retail E-Commerce Manager, Stanley Black & Decker

Martin Newman, Founder, The Customer First Group

Toby Pickard, Global Information Leader, IGD

Matt Taylor, Technology Transformation Leader at EY, Retail and Consumer Products

Amodini Chhabra, Investor, Compass Digital Ventures

Gary Newbury, Supply Chain Consultant and Delivery Executive

Sharon Peters, Chief Technology Officer – Corporate Functions, Marks & Spencer

Nadine Neatour, Chief Marketing Officer, Selfridges

Wizz Selvey, CEO, WIZZ&CO

Simon Curtis, Commercial Director, PMC Retail

David Polinchock, Co-Founder/President, Unified Brand Experience Lab


Now in his fourth year, the RTIH Innovation Awardshosted by PMC, Marxent 3D Cloud, CAD, FreedomPayY critzrcelebrates global technological innovation in a rapidly evolving omnichannel world.

Stay tuned for more shortlists in the coming days.

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