Innovation news

17 June 2022
Walmart is partnering with the Roku streaming TV service on a pilot project to enable users to purchase products directly from the platform. Media opportunities This new partnership has been developed to make TV streaming an ecommerce shopping destination. The new experience offers product discovery with a seamless checkout experience, enabling purchase directly at the time of inspiration. ...
30 March 2022
As Shoptalk 2022, a leading event for the retail, tech and start-up communities, concludes, here’s my view on what’s changing in retail and how the industry takes this forward. Five big ideas There were a lot of themes and topics discussed across the conference sessions, on the expo floor and passing conversations in hallways, elevators and bars. But for me, five themes or ideas kept on com...
21 March 2022
Circle K, Lawson and AmPm are bringing virtual experiences to its customers. We share the key highlights and our view on some of the benefits. Our view Metaverse provide brands a platform to learn and create moments of engagement, e.g. opportunities for promotions and games within this new space. Content and conversations with consumers will be quite different from social media. Businesses ...
25 January 2022
Walmart is investing in Plenty, a leading vertical farming company, by participating in its $400m Series E funding round. Strategic partnership Walmart plans on leveraging its investment in Plenty to deliver fresh produce to stores in California. The two companies plan on working strategically to create a new, market-leading product category in vertical farming. The retailer will start to sou...
05 January 2022
Walmart plans to recruit 3,000 associates as delivery drivers to support the expansion of its InHome delivery programme. Scaling the service Launched in 2019, Walmart’s InHome service enables customers to have their online grocery deliveries delivered directly into their homes. This includes their kitchen or garage refrigerator. With the service currently available to 6m households, t...
08 November 2021
Walmart has taken its driverless pilot with Gatik to the next level by removing safety drivers from its vehicles. Could this solve the profit challenge of grocery ecommerce? Innovating with the middle-mile Walmart first worked with autonomous vehicle company, Gatik, in 2019 in Bentonville, Arkansas. The retailer has been using Gatik’s ‘Autonomous Box Trucks’ to move customer orders on a two...
27 October 2021
Reitan Convenience has made one of its 'largest investments ever' , by opening PBX , its sustainable convenience store of the future, in partnership with design agency Reactor AB . In launching the concept, the retailer hopes 'to set a new standard for ourselves and for our industry' . In this feature, we highlight ten sustainable innovations that make PBX stand out. Source: Re...
21 October 2021
What could happen when you combine on-demand delivery with cashierless technologies. Instacart, the leading on-demand grocery delivery service in North America, has acquired Caper AI, an AI-powered shopping cart and checkout technology platform. We consider what this means for Instacart. 1. Broadening out the services it offers retailers This is an interesting move by Instacart, broadeni...
17 October 2021
Through its Store No8 incubation arm, Walmart is testing a text to shop service. This forms part of its braoder plans for conversational commerce. Conversational commerce Walmart’s Store No8 and Global Tech teams are testing a beta experience which enables customers to add products to their online shopping list by text. Available in selected areas, the retailer is aiming to make this more w...
12 October 2021
We look at three new programmes from Walmart and what they mean for the business. Netflix partnership to offer a range of music, clothing, toys and games Walmart has partnered  with Netflix to create a dedicated retail hub on Walmart.com to offer a range of exclusive merchandise and digital content. The launch of the ‘Netflix Hub at Walmart’ is the first digital storefront for the streaming...