“Ladies & Gentleman. The Fraud Awards 2017 are hereby declared… open for entries!”

Yes, it is that time of the year again.

Entries to this year’s Fraud Awards open today…

On October 5th the Who’s Who of Profit Protection will gather at the King Power Stadium, Leicester to recognise excellence in the field, with a glittering gala dinner.

The Fraud Awards have become firmly established as the Profit Protection event of the year; a great place to network, celebrate, entertain, reward teams and individuals and enjoy a special evening; whether winners or not.

And this year we are making the Fraud Awards even more special…

New Categories

We have revised our Awards categories to embrace the ever-widening remit of Risk Management and Profit Protection roles and to recognise the vital contribution of online profit protection in today’s fight against crime. We also have an international award, for the first time in the history of the Fraud Awards.

Simplified, Free Entry System

Entry to the Fraud Awards has always been free. Now we have simplified the entry process to make it easier than ever to enter and gain valuable recognition for yourself, an outstanding colleague, vendor or retailer business. At the same time, we have ensured a level playing field for all entrants, irrespective of the amount of resources available to support an entry.

The Biggest Night Ever

This year we are expecting more guests than ever before, with a revised seating plan for the gala evening. VIP guests can expect a magnum of champagne on arrival and then a sumptuous five course meal including some excellent wines and port. The whole evening will be expertly compered by TV’s Mark Maier.

International Judges

These days international reputation is becoming more important than ever. This year our judging panel is drawn from top retailer businesses from around the world, not just the UK. We are delighted to have some of the most talented, experienced and respected people working in online and offline Profit Protection – giving of their time to make certain that the event is peerless in terms of its quality of judging.

To explore which Awards categories you should enter, or to submit an entry, just select a category from the list below, click the button for that category and the link will take you to a nomination panel: just fill in the details of your nomination and your contact.

To book your gala dinner table at the Fraud Awards 2017, contact us by clicking here.

Good luck!

THE RULES

PLEASE OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING RULES.
FAILURE TO DO SO WILL, REGRETTABLY, LEAD TO YOUR ENTRY BEING DISQUALIFIED WITHOUT NOTICE.

This year, entries for each Award category are limited to 750 words. Your entry should contain text only.

  • You must NOT exceed 750 words
  • You must NOT include pictures
  • You must NOT include video
  • You must NOT append attachments
  • You must NOT include any links to other websites or information

In the interests of fairness, entries not complying with ALL of the above rules will be disqualified without notice upon receipt. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

FRAUD AWARDS 2017 CATEGORIES

BEST NEWCOMER

What the judges are looking for

This Award recognises the most exciting new vendor-lead or in-house developed solution, or company to enter the retail risk and loss prevention arena, supplying any part of the risk and loss prevention industry. To qualify the solution or company must have launched within the last two years.

Last year’s winners

Winner Agon – Concept Tag
Highly CommendedWhispli – Fraudsec

MOST INNOVATIVE IN-STORE SOLUTION

What the judges are looking for

Here judges are looking for innovative approaches to an existing, tried and tested solution or genre. The solution can either be from a vendor, or be an in-house retailer solution.

Last year’s winners

Winner – Checkpoint Systems – EVOLVE-Store
Highly Commended – GCS – Jarloc

MOST INNOVATIVE IN-STORE SURVEILLANCE SOLUTION

What the judges are looking for

It’s not just about CCTV! There are many ways that a retailer can utilise camera or surveillance technology, to bring benefit to not only the Profit Protection department, but also the wider business.

Last year’s winners

Winner – Kings Security – Kings Intelligence Service (KIS)
Highly Commended – StopLift Checkout Vision Systems – Scan-It-All

MOST INNOVATIVE ONLINE SOLUTION

What the judges are looking for

Here judges are looking for innovative approaches to an existing, tried and tested solution or genre. The solution can either be from a vendor, or be an in-house retailer solution.

Last year’s winners

Winner – GBG – GBG Connexus
Highly Commended – Axis – Zip Stream Technology

MOST INNOVATIVE CROSS-FUNCTIONAL SOLUTION

What the judges are looking for

Here judges are looking for an innovative product, solution or service that has a risk and loss prevention benefit, but that sits outside of the Profit Protection department – for example people counting and hot spotting that has increased sales and reduced shrink.

Last year’s winners

Winner – River Island – !D Cloud
Highly Commended – Wicklander-Zulawski Europe – Non confrontational Interviewing

BEST OF THE BEST

What the judges are looking for

(All entries in all product categories will be shortlisted into this category).

You can’t enter this category directly. The judges will look at ALL entries from the above categories and crown one vendor or solution ‘Best of the Best.’

New category

VENDOR OF THE YEAR

What the judges are looking for

The judges will be looking for a vendor who consistently goes over and above the role of ‘just’ being a supplier. The Vendor of the Year Award will acknowledge those vendors who form tangible and lasting partnerships with their retail clients.

Please note that the winner from the previous year will be ineligible to enter the following year. However, they will be invited to the Fraud Awards evening to present the Award.

Last year’s winner

Cardinal Group

BEST COLLABORATIVE SOLUTION

What the judges are looking for

At one end of the spectrum we have Crime Partnerships, through to Commercial Data Sharing Partnerships and even Partnerships with local Police forces. At the other, a few neighbourhood retailers working together to combat crime. What the judges are looking for here is real, tangible business benefits resulting from genuine collaboration along with a clear ROI.

Last year’s winners

Winner – ORIS Forums
Highly Commended – John Lewis Distribution, Retail Profit Protection Teams & JL Transport

RISING STAR AWARD

What the judges are looking for

The judges are looking to recognise the success of an outstanding individual who has made a positive contribution to the bottom line performance and overall loss prevention landscape within their place of work. The winner does not necessarily work full-time in profit protection. They might be from another discipline, but “really get” risk and as such has made a significant difference – either financially or culturally – within their place of work.

Last year’s winner

Winner – Debbie McDonald – Scotmid Profit Protection Team
Highly Commended – Jodie Patton – Gap
Highly Commended – Jenny FletcherJohn Lewis

REGIONAL PROFIT PROTECTION MANAGER OF THE YEAR

What the judges are looking for

Often the unsung heroes of the Profit Protection Team, the judges are looking to recognise outstanding Regional or Divisional Heads who provide both their stores with genuine support and guidance in the fight against retail risk, fraud and loss prevention, as well as showing a grasp of the bigger, company-wide aims and objectives. As such, they bring genuine value and benefit to their company and the wider network.

New category

IN-STORE PROFIT PROTECTION TEAM OF THE YEAR

What the judges are looking for

Formerly LP Team of the Year, but rebranded to reflect the dynamic nature of our industry, this Award recognises the Profit Protection Team that undertook that difficult technology role out that was delivered in record time, or that enthused a whole company to ‘think shrink’. This Award is a real pat on the back for a whole team. The name says it all.

Last year’s winners

Winner – GAP Loss Prevention Team
Highly Commended – River Island Loss Prevention Team

ONLINE PROFIT PROTECTION TEAM OF THE YEAR

What the judges are looking for

Recognises the Profit Protection Team that undertook that difficult online technology role out that was delivered in record time, or that enthused a whole company to ‘think shrink’. This Award is a real pat on the back for a whole team working to provide online solutions. The name says it all.

Last year’s winners

Winner – Superdry Loss Prevention Team
Highly Commended – The Body Shop Profit Protection Team
Highly Commended – John Lewis Profit Protection Team (Distribution)

INTERNATIONAL PROFIT PROTECTION TEAM OF THE YEAR

What the judges are looking for

Open to Profit Protection teams from retailers headquartered outside of the UK, the criteria are the same as for the equivalent in-store and online Awards above. However, here the judges are looking to acknowledge and recognise the increasing number of global Profit Protection teams who enter the Awards each year.

New category

HALL OF FAME

What the judges are looking for

Each year the judges will induct one person into the Retail Risk ‘Hall of Fame’ – this person will be someone whom the judges feel has contributed above and beyond their duty to the cause of Profit Protection, Risk Management or Loss Prevention.

The winner of this award will be announced on the night.

Last year’s winner

Sue Fish

RETAIL RISK DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

What the judges are looking for

The judges are looking for outstanding contribution from one individual. That could be in the face of difficult trading conditions, or the implementing of challenging new strategies and technologies. The winner of this prestigious award will be recognised by his or her peers as being at the pinnacle of modern retail risk and loss prevention and a leader in their field.

Last year’s winners

Winner – Mike MarshallYodel
Highly Commended – Tim EdwardsJD Sports

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