CEO Vicky Brock wins Innovator of the Year award


Clear Returns’ CEO, Vicky Brock, was yesterday named Innovator of the Year at the 2014 FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards. Judges said Brock, of Glasgow, was deserving of such an award because she is “solving a real-world problem and being a fantastic tech pioneer.”


Vicky commented “it is important for women working in technology to step forward and be role models to encourage and inspire more women into the technology sector. It’s a myth that computing and technology is just for the boys, or just for the science graduates. At Clear Returns, we’ve created jobs for men and women of all backgrounds and we’re using technology to make the world better for shoppers and retailers. There’s a wealth of career opportunities for entrepreneurs and for people to work with technology and I hope I can inspire young women to consider that this exciting and varied field could be for them.”

CEO Vicky Brock shortlisted for Innovator of the Year


After being named as Ecommerce Innovation of the Year, Clear Returns’ CEO Vicky Brock is continuing the theme having been shortlisted for Innovator of the Year at this year’s Everywoman in Technology Awards.


“I’m honoured to be nominated for this award,” says Vicky, “I want to thank Everywoman for the recognition and congratulations to all the finalists.”


The ceremony takes place on March 19th and is a night not to be missed. From the whole team at Clear Returns, we wish Vicky the very best of luck!


Winners of Ecommerce Innovation of the Year


Clear Returns were delighted to be awarded Ecommerce Innovation of the Year at the Ecommerce Scotland Awards on February 13th.


Thanks must be paid to ScotlandIS for the honour, and to all the Clear Returns team for their continued dedication and hard work.


Official launch with M&Co


Clear Returns have officially launched their analytics software with retail partner M&Co.


Nichola Toner, Website and Customer Services controller at M&Co, has commented “Customer experience and operational efficiencies are essential to the profitability of the online channel and tackling returns are key to both. We’re working with Clear Returns as it fits our innovative approach to ensuring that we deliver quality and service to our customers at an affordable price.”


Winners of Best New Product at the Digital Technology Awards


Clear Returns are delighted to win Best New Product at the Digital Technology Awards.


CEO, Vicky Brock, adds “Winning this Award is a fantastic achievement for the whole of my team who have worked tirelessly to ensure our product is ready for market and ready to save retailers – or anyone with a returns issue – money. Looking today’s headlines on the issues that retailers are facing, there is no doubt it’s the right product at the right time.”


Watch Clear Returns in ‘The Entrepreneurs’ BBC documentary


Clear Returns will feature in a new BBC documentary which follows the journey of several start-up companies based in the business accelerator Entrepreneurial Spark.


Catch part 1 on BBC2 at 9pm on April 24th and part 2  the following week on May 1st.



CEO Vicky Brock to speak at IMRG Connect


Vicky Brock will deliver an insightful presentation at next month’s IMRG Connect event in London on May 2nd.


During the slot entitled ‘How can the returns process be turned to advantage to help drive sales and customer satisfaction’ Vicky will highlight how returns intelligence techniques can benefit customer loyalty and consequently impact retailers bottom lines.



Clear Returns hits the headlines


Clear Returns are delighted to have been featured in the Scotsman this week.


Read the full article to find out the story of how the company came to be and how large the returns problem really is for retailers.



Clear Returns win prize from the EDGE fund


Clear Returns have received a funding award from the new Scottish Government initiative the EDGE fund.


The Evening Times and The Herald both provided coverage of the award winners.


We wish to thank all of our supporters and well-wishers, with special thanks to Scottish Enterprise, RBS and Entrepreneurial Spark.




Clear Returns feature on Voice America


CEO of Clear Returns, Vicky Brock, was interviewed by the Business Reinvention show for Voice America on February 11th.


Vicky explained the company’s predictive technology and the key features and benefits it provides. She also shared her insights on the retail industry and what it looks for in business intelligence technologies.


Download the Business Reinvention podcast on iTunes.


IBM select Clear Returns as SmartCamp winners


Clear Returns, a start-up from Glasgow, Scotland, has won IBM’s SmartCamp Kickstart Dublin competition. The company will now head to IBM’s European Kickstart final event in Berlin, Germany, to compete against other SmartCamp winners from around Europe for a place in the global finals in New York.


As IBM explain, past participants in SmartCamp have captured the attention of the global venture capital community and gone on to rapidly expand and drive innovation in their industry.
“Startups face tremendous challenges in a global market, especially as they compete against much large companies going after data analytics opportunities,” said Noel Crawford, Manager, Innovation Centre and Developer Relations, IBM Ireland. “IBM can help convert these companies from ‘startups to speedups’, supporting them getting to global markets faster by providing coaching and connections to IBM clients and partners.”


Big Data Venture Challenge Winners


Glasgow tech startup, Clear Returns, has beaten off competition from China, the US, Israel, Finland and the UK to win the Big Data Venture Challenge. Clear Returns won both the audience choice award for best pitch and the overall award, sponsored by media measurement giant Nielsen.


The final of the competition for young data driven technology companies took place in Rome this week, at I-COM, the International Conference on Online Media Measurement. CEO, Vicky Brock, was one of eight finalists presenting to a panel of investors and leading data experts from around the world.
“At less than 6 months old, Clear Returns was the youngest of the companies presenting in Rome. And there were some seriously big data firms in the mix. But our solution, and its clever use of data to make a real business impact for retailers, really captured the imagination of the audience and judges. It is an amazing honour to win against such smart competition.”