This article was originally published by The Australian Financial Review
By Beverley Head
August 9, 2019
McLaughlin, who is also head of technology, adds: “That’s the difference between us and a larger organisation where innovation can be quashed. Where people make mistakes at larger organisations, they will often try to cover it up or pass on the blame.”
Specialising in technology to streamline online clothes purchasing and bespoke tailoring, CIC has learnt enough from its mistakes to be named best overall innovation program in the 2019 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies awards.
CIC has been recognised for two innovations: a smartphone-based full-body scanning tool that captures the exact dimensions of customers’ bodies; and a 3D printing technology that can produce life-sized, recyclable mannequins for custom tailoring jobs.
In their eighth year, the awards are compiled by leading Australian innovation consultancy Inventium, which defines innovation as “change that adds value”.
In previous years, the awards have listed the top 100 most innovative companies. This year, judges broke down the awards into 10 industry-focused categories. Judges assessed an innovation that entrants had implemented in the past 12 months; how innovation has been embedded in the organisation; and the results of an employee survey designed to reveal the innovation drivers in the business.
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