TORONTO, Ontario—Applications are open for the fifth annual Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards. Retailers of all sizes and from all across Canada are invited to enter the competition that recognizes and rewards excellence in e-commerce, customer engagement and omni-channel strategies.
Canada Post launched the Awards in 2012 to support retailers who operate online, and to help drive them and the nation’s digital economy forward. It has recognized the online initiatives of a range of winning companies, from well-known brands including Hudson’s Bay Company, Aritzia and Mountain Equipment Co-op, to start-ups such as tech company Thalmic Labs, toy subscription service Nerd Block and made-to-order footwear retailer Poppy Barley.
Winners are determined by an independent judging panel of industry experts and receive high-value prizes that include $100,000 of free shipping for large businesses and $50,000 for small businesses, along with substantial marketing packages.
This year’s finalists will be announced in August and winners will be revealed on September 22.
The categories for the 2016 Canada Post E-commerce Awards are:
Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award (Large and Small)
Pure Play of the Year Award (Large and Small)
Best Customer Engagement Award
Most Exciting Start-Up Award
Community Impact Award
Consumer Champion Award
Canada Post E-Commerce Innovator’s Award
The deadline to apply is May 27, 2016. For more information on categories and prizes, and to apply online, retailers can visit canadapost.ca/ecommerceawards.