Innovation news

22 May 2020
Target is providing consumers with additional opportunities to purchase its products through a new initiative in partnership with Instagram. Instagram Checkout Instagram Checkout was launched last year, enabling users to buy products without leaving the Instagram app. Through this initiative, customers can directly purchase products featured in posts @Target and @TargetStyle accounts. Shopp...
21 May 2020
The rapid growth in ecommerce penetration has been one of the defining features of the coronavirus pandemic. Faced with increasing demand, retailers have been looking at temporary and longer-term solutions to boost capacity.  We recently sat down with the co-founders of Takeoff Technologies, one of the leading firms in the online grocery hyperlocal, automated micro-fulfillment space. We discussed...
01 May 2020
Loblaw has launched a new range of meal kits under the PC Chef brand, including a dedicated delivery service. $5 delivery fee The new range is currently available for next-day home delivery in the Greater Toronto Area. Customers can choose from a range of eight kits which serve two people, ranging from $17.00 to $19.50. Each kit consists of pre-portioned ingredients and a recipe card. The r...
16 March 2020
7-Eleven has launched a second foodservice concept in the U.S, opening Raise the Roost Chicken & Biscuits store in lower Manhattan. Delivering new food options Raise the Roost share space with 7-Eleven’s Evolution Store in New York. It is the retailer’s second venture towards foodservice / restaurant. The first was Laredo Taco Company , which launched in Dallas in March 2019. Raise th...
12 March 2020
Hospitality group, OTG, is partnering with Amazon for its ‘Just Walk Out’ technology. It will be deployed at its CIBO Express Gourmet Markets, a convenience store format developed for travel locations. Launching at Newark airport The first sites will go live on March 16 at Newark Liberty’s Terminal C airport, which serves the New York area. It will be followed by additional stores at Newark...
02 March 2020
We visited the new Amazon Go Grocery format in Seattle, the retailer’s larger format store featuring its just walk-out technology which opened last week. Largest store to launch This new store format at 14,000 sq ft is significantly larger than the 24 Amazon Go stores which have opened to date. Most of these stores sit within the 1,000-2,000 sq ft range. This store adopts the fresh green an...
14 February 2020
Walmart is closing its conversational commerce and ordering by text service, Jet Black. It will apply the learnings from this venture into its core ecommerce business. Membership-based service Jet Black was launched 18 months ago as the first company within Walmart’s Store No 8 incubator. The $50 per month membership-based service enabled members to text in their shopping requests, use Appl...
07 February 2020
7-Eleven is testing a cashierless checkout-free store at its corporate headquarters in Irving, U.S. The 65 sq m / 700 sq ft store is currently available to 7-Eleven employees only. How does it work? 7-Eleven’s cashierless store carries a range of 7-Eleven’s most popular products, including beverages, snacks, food, groceries, over-the-counter drugs and non-food items. The shopping process...
20 January 2020
It’s been almost two years since Amazon Go opened to the public in Seattle. We visited a recently opened store in New York to see how the format is evolving. Over the last two years, the network has grown to 24 stores across four cities, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. The retailer has opened in a mix of locations, with a range of different footprints, typically 1,000 to 1,500 sq...
16 January 2020
We’ve been out at NRF’s Retail Show in New York, the largest retail technology event globally. Here’s our view on how the tech landscape is evolving. 1. Technology firms are focusing on helping retailers be better operators Given the scale of the event, technology providers covering the entire supply chain from distribution and logistics through to customer apps and shopper loyalty were pre...