CHICAGO, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Edison Awards, celebrating 25 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced today that applepeak and sister company Kinek were voted Silver winners. At the sold-out April 26th event in NYC, Kerry McLellan, CEO and founder of applepeak and Kinek, joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world's most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the 2012 Edison Award winners.
applepeak's Wellness Record product, which received a Silver Edison Award in the Life & Social Impact category, gives individuals private, personalized online wellness resources to manage their health. These resources include risk assessments, interactive health tools, certified medical content, fitness and medical device integration, health trackers, goal-setting tools, clinical monitoring, and program-based social media. KinekPoint by Kinek – which enables customers to have packages shipped to one of thousands of secure and convenient KinekPoint locations, foregoing lost/stolen packages and missed deliveries – received a Silver Edison Award in the New Retail Frontiers category. By becoming KinekPoints, retailers can attract new foot traffic and increase store visits from existing customers without additional marketing/advertising costs. Both companies were founded by Kerry McLellan.
Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. The awards are named after Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) whose inventions, new product development methods and innovative achievements literally changed the world, garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents, and made him a household name.
"As the pace of innovation quickens and the "race to next" becomes ever more competitive, it's increasingly important to take a moment out of our hectic lives to recognize excellence in innovation and greatness in the teams of innovators who make our future. We are honored to present applepeak and Kinek with Edison Awards as leading innovators of today and tomorrow," says Thomas Stat, 2012 Edison Awards Steering Committee Chairman.
The ballot of nominees for the Edison Awards™ was judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, members of the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), academics, and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medical.
This year, in a comprehensive peer-review process, the nominees were judged on a new set of evaluation criteria developed in partnership with Nielsen. The new criteria establish a new definition of innovation, leveraging the primary assessment themes of Concept, Value, Delivery and Impact.
Danny Forster of SCIENCE's "Build It Bigger" emceed the April 26 ceremony at the historic Capitale ballroom in New York. One of the evening's many highlights was the presentation of the prestigious Edison Achievement Award to TED Curator, Chris Anderson. The award honors innovation leaders and business executives who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers. The Edison Achievement Award serves as inspiration to future innovators and to the world at large.
In addition to the Awards Gala, the annual Edison Awards program encompassed multiple events over a two-day period including a 25th Anniversary Opening Reception, Meet the Innovators Forum and the Innovators' Showcase, which offered guests a hands-on experience with many of the winning products.
applepeak is an innovation leader in the development of advanced, individual-centered health and wellness solutions. Recognizing the importance of health and wellness in past, current and future lifestyle choices, applepeak offers a solution to focus on proactive health and wellness management. The Wellness Record, its flagship product, enables organizations to improve the outcomes of their health and wellness initiatives and yield positive returns through a combination of evidence based e-health content, online health risk assessments, informational resources, flexible e-learning technologies, health management tools, and professional oversight/support services. For more information on applepeak and its programs, call (506) 694-1250 or visit the applepeak website at www.applepeak.com.
Kinek is a nationwide delivery network of trusted businesses, also known as KinekPoints, who receive and store packages that have been ordered online or offline by users. Through a simple sign-up process, Kinek allows users to find their nearest KinekPoint and notifies them via email or text message when their packages have arrived. Kinek, which is e-tail and courier company agnostic, continues to build its network of over 1,000 KinekPoint locations throughout North America. Partners enjoy Kinek's creative value-added services, while users appreciate its ease of use, security and convenience.
About the Edison Awards
The Edison Awards represent the spirit of innovation personified by Thomas Edison, inspiring America's drive to remain in the forefront of creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Sponsors of the 2012 Edison Awards include: Nielsen, USA TODAY, Discovery Communications, SCIENCE, CSRware, applepeak and ViridiSTOR. For more information about the Edison Awards and a full list of winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.