Innovation news

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...
21 September 2022
We look at how Walmart is partnering with a range of companies to enhance its retail media opportunities through expanding its social commerce presence. Taking advantage of social commerce growth Walmart’s retail media business, Walmart Connect, is set to pilot new programmes with a range of ‘Innovation Partners’, including TikTok, Snap and Firework. This will enable advertisers to reach sh...
15 September 2022
Zabka has just unveiled its new Eko Smart format of stores, showcasing plenty of innovation by the Polish convenience retailer. Further innovation amongst its rapid expansion Zabka has launched the first of its Eko Smart stores in Poznan, with plans for three further stores. The new format combines ecology and technology and is part of the Zabka Group's ongoing responsibility strategy. E...
30 August 2022
The checkout area continues to a focal point for new innovations and pilots. We look at the latest partnership between Standard AI and Compass Group, and round-up some of the other key developments in this space. Targeting the educational sector Standard AI is one of the leading tech-firms driving the development of checkout-free concepts globally. Its autonomous solution can be deployed in...
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...