Innovation news

17 June 2020
Loblaw has launched a temporary pop-up digital store in partnership with leading toys retailer, Mastermind Toys. Enhancing Loblaw’s third-party Marketplace The pop-up store will operate through June and July, offering a range of products from the iconic toys retailer. The range will feature within the PC Express Marketplace, Loblaw’s site for third-party sellers. While the retailer already ...
16 June 2020
Sobeys has extended its partnership with indoor vertical farming company, Infarm, to its Thrifty Foods banner in the Metro Vancouver market. We recently visited one of three stores in the initial roll-out.  Great alignment with Thrifty Foods’ proposition Sobeys launched its partnership with Infarm earlier this year, initially introducing a range of herbs at two Safeway stores in Vancouver. ...
15 June 2020
Walmart has converted a large-format Supercenter to self-checkout only. Supporting a safe shopping environment Fox Business reports that Walmart has converted a store in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to self-checkout as part of a test to determine if the change will provide a safer experience for shoppers. As part of retailers’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, we identified providing a safe s...
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...