THORNHILL, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 26, 2013) - At a gala held last night at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Jewlr took home top honours in the 2013 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards. Recognized by the judging panel for its innovative business model in delivering personalized jewelry and for providing a superior online customer experience, Jewlr was named the Most Innovative (Large) Retailer. Jewlr will share a $1 million total prize package - which includes shipping services and customized direct marketing packages - with seven other retailers that were recognized in their specific categories.
"Canadian shoppers have increasingly high expectations when it comes to online user experience, product selection, shipping and returns solutions, and customer engagement," says René Desmarais, Senior Vice-President, Parcels, Canada Post. "Jewlr is among a select group of innovators that are pushing the boundaries and creating opportunities for homegrown commerce. We are very pleased to recognize and support their success."
Jewlr is at the forefront of the movement towards personalized jewelry. The company combines innovative custom design technology, 3D printing and traditional handmade manufacturing to deliver high quality, stylish and personalized jewelry - including Rings, Pendants, Charms or Earrings - that is manufactured and shipped in a matter of days. Consumers looking for that perfect piece of jewelry for themselves or as a gift can choose their favourite style, stone (e.g., emeralds, sapphires, birthstones, diamonds - genuine, synthetic or Swarovski Zirconia stones), metal (e.g., silver, gold or tungsten), and engravings. All jewelry orders include free shipping and a 99-day "hassle-free" returns policy.
"We are absolutely thrilled with our win. We were up against some of the biggest brand retailers in the Canadian market, and walked away with top honours," said Tony Davis, founder of Jewlr. "This award, and our success in the marketplace, has clearly demonstrated that consumers are looking for innovative shopping experiences that give them the ability to create custom made personalized items that can be delivered in a matter of days."
The judging panel included Rafe Petkovic, Google Canada Head of Industry (Retail); Josh Bloom, Facebook Canada Director of Global Marketing Solutions and Retail Vertical Lead; Stéphane Ricoul, Sid Lee Technologies Director of Client Relations, eBusiness, and eComMTL Founding President; Duncan Payne, Hut2Hut Events President and DX3 Co-Founder; and Siobhan Vinish, Postmedia Network Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Audience Development.
About the Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards
The Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards were created to recognize and accelerate e-commerce excellence in the country. Canadian retailers that sell and ship to Canadian customers through the online channel were invited to compete and share $1 million worth in total prizes. Winners in various categories will receive lucrative shipping contracts valued up to $100,000, customized direct mail marketing packages - which include data and targeting solutions - as well as valuable real estate marketing prizes. For more information on the Awards, visit canadapost.ca/ecommerceawards.
About Canada Post
Canada Post is the country's leading provider of business-to-consumer delivery. By reaching more than 15.3 million addresses, and operating the country's largest retail network, with nearly 6,400 post offices, Canada Post is ideally positioned to offer affordable and reliable service, with convenient pickup and return options. Together, Canada Post, Purolator Inc. and SCI Logistics offer market-leading end-to-end solutions for e-commerce shippers by leveraging the assets and expertise of the Canada Post Group of Companies.
Jewlr.com is a leading online jewelry retailer specializing in the design and manufacturing of personalized jewelry. Founded in 2009 by Internet entrepreneurs, Jewlr has transformed the jewelry shopping experience by using the latest web technology to give customers the ability to create and instantly preview custom jewelry. Every Jewlr item is then custom manufactured, using 3D printing and traditional hand crafting to deliver high quality personalized jewelry in only a matter of days. Additional information is available at jewlr.com.