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VIP Awards 2023 Preview: Celebrating Community and Partnership in Retail


On January 13, 2023, Vendors in Partnership will host the VIP Awards 2023 in New York City. The event highlights the value creation resulting from strong relationships between retailers and their solutions partners. 

Coresight Research is a sponsor of the VIP Awards 2023. In this report, we present a preview of the event.

VIP Awards 2023: Coresight Research Insights

A Focus on Partnership

The VIP Awards 2023 marks the third annual retail industry celebration and presents an opportunity to recognize contributions to the retail ecosystem. Vicki Cantrell, CEO of Vendors in Partnership and Co-Founder of the VIP Awards, explained that the event enables retailers and solution providers to “connect and reconnect, with old friends and new, and catch up on business and life” prior to the busy, exciting week at NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show, hosted by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

The VIP Awards 2023 celebrates community and partnership; it provides an occasion for retailers and solution providers to engage, “learn about new companies and new solutions, and see potential new partnerships,” said Cantrell. She emphasized that the event is “an acknowledgement of retail solution providers’ great innovation, service and way of doing business.”

Coresight Research believes that retailer-vendor partnerships are a primary source of value creation in retail, and as retailers enter 2023 facing brisk headwinds, a strong retail community and deep partnership will key to weathering the challenges ahead. 

Deborah Weinswig, CEO and Founder of Coresight Research, looks forward to the VIP Awards 2023 as “an opportunity to celebrate the power of integration between retailers and solution providers.”

The Awards Ceremony

The awards at the VIP Awards Ceremony span retail insights, technology, partnerships, sustainability and more. Billy May will serve as the emcee of the Awards Ceremony. He boasts a 25-year-long career in the retail industry and has previously served as the Vice Chair and member of the Board of Directors of Shop.org, the digital division of NRF.

Vendors in Partnership will present 21 awards for 2023 across multiple categories, including:

·    Analytics ·    Innovation in commerce ·    Security
·    Communication ·    Marketing ·    Supply chain innovation
·    Community ·    Payments ·    Sustainability

The event will also feature a keynote speech by Dave Finnegan, a retail executive and world traveler who will share his adventures and insights into the impact of human connections.

Event Sponsors

In addition to Coresight Research, sponsors of the VIP Awards 2023 include Reach Partners (a Diamond Partner) and other prestigious companies: