Innovation news

21 December 2020
Having risen to prominence at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in 2018, we look at Robomart’s latest beta test, as companies tap into the demand for contactless grocery ecommerce solutions.  Autonomous grocery store concept Robomart is an autonomous grocery store which consumers can summon to their home in less than ten minutes using a dedicated app. Described by the company as a ‘store-hail...
17 December 2020
Walmart is partnering with some of TikTok’s most popular creators to offer a livestream shopping experience. Shopping directly from the TikTok platform Through this partnership the TikTok community will be able to purchase fashion items featured in content from the creators. They will be able to do this without leaving the TikTok platform. This will be the first shoppable livestream event o...
15 December 2020
Walmart is expanding its existing pilot programme with Gatik to test driverless deliveries. It is also going to test a longer route in Louisiana. Testing along the middle-mile Walmart initially partnered with autonomous vehicle company, Gatik, last year in Bentonville, Arkansas. The retailer has been using Gatik’s ‘Autonomous Box Trucks’ to move customer orders on a two-mile route between a...
07 December 2020
Finland's Kesko has grown its market share by 5% since 2014 and has doubled its operating margin during the same period. In this article, we share insight and videos from its recent virtual Capital Markets Day on what’s driving its outperformance and its strategic priorities. Six key market trends President and CEO Mikko Helander began the Capital Markets Day event by highlighting that Ke...
23 November 2020
Loblaw is partnering with Gatik to deploy a fleet of autonomous delivery vehicles to transport goods from its automated picking facility to retail locations in Toronto. Expanding 10-month pilot programme Starting next January, this will build on a 10-month on-road pilot which has been underway in Toronto using one delivery vehicle. Gatik will upfit five Ford Transit 350 box trucks with refr...
19 November 2020
Walmart Canada is expanding is partnership with San-Francisco based Focal Systems for the deployment of shelf-edge cameras. Improving product availability Building on a pilot programme, Walmart Canada will expand Focal Systems’ out-of-stock solution to additional stores next year. This forms part of a $3.5bn investment programme announced earlier this year. Focal’s cameras automatical...
11 November 2020
PepsiCo has opened an automated micro-fulfillment centre (MFC) in the Chicago area in partnership with Dematic. First-mover advantage? PepsiCo is one of the first consumer goods suppliers to open a micro-fulfillment centre in the US. The fulfillment model has gained significant traction over recent years, with several strategic partnerships being formed to support the fast-growing grocery e...
10 November 2020
Walmart is a partnering with GM-owned self-driving car company, Cruise, to pilot grocery deliveries in Arizona. Nuro also working with Kroger in the Houston market Walmart has undertaken several pilots in this space, including programmes with Nuro in Houston, Gatik in Bentonville and Udelv in Surprise, Arizona. It has also worked with Ford and Waymo, Google’s self-driving project. Cruise is...
03 November 2020
We look at why Walmart’s making the shift away from using in-store inventory scanners, often referred to as shelf-scanning robots. Technology push The Wall Street Journal has reported that Walmart is ending its use of using shelf-scanning robots within its US stores. Last April, the retailer announced that it was deploying a further 300 of the Auto-S shelf scanners to its stores, with aro...
03 November 2020
Shoppers can book slots in advance of shopping, in a move to enhance the experience and prevent queuing at M&S stores. How does it work? Shoppers select the store they wish to visit through the M&S website They pick a date and a 30 minute time slot On arrival, an in-store host greets them, managing the total number of shoppers in the store at one time Winter-friendly initiativ...