Innovation news

28 October 2022
Israeli-based Trigo, which has developed technology to power autonomous, or checkout-free stores, has raised $100m in new funding to drive expansion in Europe and the Americas. We look at what this means for the broader sector. Taking the technology to larger stores Trigo has been one of the leading technology partners for retailers to help them develop autonomous shopping experiences. The ...
23 October 2022
Walmart is introducing a new programme which will enable influencers and creators monetise their audiences. We look at how it’s doing this and consider whether all retailers need an influencer network. Democratizing access The new Walmart Creator platform has been developed for creators to monetise shoppable products from the retailer by creating engaging, typically video-based, content. Th...
12 October 2022
Axios has reported that TikTok is planning to open fulfillment centres in the US. Job postings on LinkedIn highlight a new service, ‘Fulfilment by TikTok Shop’ that’s being developed for sellers. Could TikTok become more than a marketing platform? What does this mean? Social commerce is moving beyond being a marketing platform to offering shoppable ads and content TikTok is reported t...
07 October 2022
Walmart’s acquisition of Alert Innovation is a signal that it’s ramping up its plans for automated micro-fulfillment (MFC). It’s been a long time coming. What does this move mean for Walmart, the future of MFC, and other companies in the sector? What are the impacts of the acquisition? Walmart can move at pace in this area. The deal brings new expertise to Walmart, enabling it to acceler...
06 October 2022
Following a pilot programme which saw Loblaw undertake 150,000 autonomous deliveries with a safety driver on board, the retailer has gone fully driverless for selected online grocery orders in the Toronto market. Moving orders from picking location to stores In January 2020 Loblaw launched the pilot programme in partnership with Gatik, a leading operator in autonomous middle-mile logistics....
04 October 2022
The current cost-crisis, along with labour challenges, is leading to a new wave of automation at store level. We look at three recent innovations from Japan, Poland and the US. Replenishment: tackling Japan’s labour challenge In Japan, leading convenience store chain, FamilyMart, is partnering with Telexistence to install its AI robot, TX SCARA, in 300 stores. This has been developed ...
28 September 2022
We look at how Kroger is using Everseen’s Visual AI platform to reduce customer friction and losses at self-checkouts. Reducing checkout errors Everseen’s platform is one of the most advanced in our industry, leveraging AI technologies from powerhouses including Lenovo and NVIDIA. It is being used by Kroger at over 1,700 stores to improve the shopper experience at self-checkouts, where erro...
27 September 2022
Walmart is launching two different experiences on Roblox, developed to offer unique interactive content and entertainment for users of the platform. Launching on large, fast-growing platform Roblox is an immersive, 3D online platform developed to play and create new games. Accessible through desktop and mobile browsers, its predominantly used with gaming consoles. Roblox is often considered...
27 September 2022
JD.com has introduced a new format of supermarket in Beijing that provides shoppers with a one-stop shopping experience. A combination of shopping and recreation This new supermarket format, under the banner of "Seven Fresh", which is the third generation of its development, aims to provide shoppers with a one-stop shopping experience that combines the concept of shopping and recreation. ...
23 September 2022
With no real desire to create another term or label in the retail industry, and anyway p-commerce has already been bagged as participatory commerce, the Groceryshop event in Las Vegas this week cemented a view that has been fermenting in my mind for a while that we are on the cusp of a new era of personalised commerce. Achieving the dream We must take a step back and remember that personalisa...