Innovation news

22 July 2022
We look at some of the latest checkout-free concepts to open, or soon to open, in North America, the range of formats they’re being developed within and assess where the various models go next. Key learnings Hybrid models will be the future, with shoppers able to enter and pay as in a regular supermarket, or use the cashierless technology There is no limit to the type of format where ...
12 July 2022
Walmart has signed a definitive agreement with Canoo to purchase 4,500 units of its all-electric Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle, with an option to purchase up to 10,000 units. Plans to launch in 2023 The Lifestyle Delivery Vehicle (LDV) is a US-made commercial elective vehicle (EV) which has been optimised for sustainable last mile delivery use cases. Using steer by wire technology, the design ...
06 July 2022
Zabka Nano have just opened its 50 th store in Poland and has rapidly become the operator of the largest chain of cashierless stores in Europe. Rapid Expansion that outpaces any other retailer in Europe The new store in the Norblin Factory in Warsaw is Zabka Nano’s 50 th store opening in just over a year. Zabka clearly has confidence in the new format and technology that supports it. The in...
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...