Submission Requirements

All submissions for the 2016 Innovation Achievement Award should contain the following information:

  • A clearly stated summary of how/why the program is considered innovative.
  • Specific details from idea conception to program development and execution. Examples of items to include: objectives, goals, timeline, milestones, etc.
  • A comprehensive program budget including expenses and revenues.
  • Additional results regarding statistics or financial benefits, revenue increases, inventory turns, inventory reduction, and other numeric values associated with the program. (Financial information can be documented in percentages to protect proprietary budget data)
  • A thorough list of all benefits the store incurred with the rollout of the program.  Items to consider: traffic increases, public relations exposure, positive image building, branding, loyalty building, enhancements in the quality of campus life, culture, or health, financial and/or other resource savings, improved service to students, faculty, or staff, and community outreach.
  • Other supporting documentation demonstrating the success of the program such as: graphics, charts, surveys, testimonials, etc. 
  • Changes made from initial conception or obstacles incurred through the course of the program. 

Judging Criteria

1. Imaginative/unique quality of college store product, service or program
  • Does the program create unique new opportunities or solve a problem?
  • Does the program build on relationships (stakeholders - faculty, administrators, vendors, customers, coworkers) for success?
  • How was the program received by stakeholders?
  • How was the need determined to develop, implement and evaluate the program?
  • Is the program truly unique? Did you consult with other industry leaders? 

2. Adaptability for other college stores

  • What is the potential impact that the program may have on the college store industry?
  • Were clear standards and goals established?
  • Did the program reach the strategic objectives of the store?
  • What competencies (employees/resources) are required to make this program a success?
  • Can the success of the program be easily measured?
  • Can other college stores easily implement the program?

3. Enhancement of Customer Service

  • Does the program demonstrate opportunities to build/enhance customer relationships?
  • Was customer feedback used to develop the program?
  • Does the program attract new customers?
  • Was customer feedback incorporated into the program and periodically measured as a part of the program?

4. Generation of additional revenue or reduction of costs

  • Were new revenue generating opportunities captured and maximized through the program?
  • Is the program effective in utilizing and optimizing available resources?
  • Have cost savings been realized in the areas of ordering, receiving, promotion, inventory and returns?
  • Is an improvement (increased cost savings) demonstrated through the program?
  • Were new processes and procedures discovered?

5. Overall Presentation Quality

  • Were the innovative aspects of the program presented succinctly?
  • Were the four criteria areas outlined above clearly addressed?
  • Was the presentation well organized and easy to understand?
  • Did the presentation meet the overall requirements in length and content? 

General Guidelines

  • A completed nomination form and written description of the program or project (a minimum of 5,000 words, not exceeding 10,000) and any supporting documentation must be submitted by the established deadline.
  • Awards are presented in recognition of successful results within the prior 24 months.

Program Deadlines

  • November 30, 2015 is the deadline for programs conducted between October 1, 2013 and November 30, 2015.
  • Winner announced at CAMEX 2016.