Store of the future news

07 December 2022
Vancouver-based Georgia Main Food Group has developed a strong local following and global retail interest since the launch of its first store under the Fresh St. Market banner in 2013. As part of the growth plan for the format, alongside new developments, the retailer has also been converting former IGA locations. We visited a newly converted store in Langley, British Columbia, to see how the for...
10 November 2022
Target has unveiled a new look for the largest stores in its network, optimising additional space and incorporating new design elements. New space opportunity Over recent years, smaller formats have been the main focus of its format development plans. It has grown its network of stores of around 30,000 sq ft to over 100. Over the last two years, it also identified a new opportunity with sto...
02 November 2022
Tesco has officially opened another cashierless store in London. The Tesco Express store in Chiswell Street is fitted out with Trigo’s cashierless technology, which is a combination of check-in gates, ceiling cameras and shelf scales to enable shoppers to purchase goods without needing to pay at a cash register. What makes this store even more interesting is that it offers shoppers the abil...
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 ...
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...
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...
01 September 2022
Save-On-Foods is Canada’s fifth-largest grocery retailer, predominantly operating almost 190 supermarkets across four western provinces. This month it opened a flagship store, featuring a contemporary new look and feel and multiple new product features. We visited this store pre-opening to see how the retailer is setting a new benchmark for retailing in Canada. A new look flagship This stor...
15 July 2022
How are leading retailers rethinking convenience, large stores, discount and drugstores? We round-up recent store developments highlights from the region. 1. Alibaba’s Freshippo Outlet, China Driven by the ambition to reduce food waste, this concept uses dynamic pricing, accessed via its app, to offer the best value to shoppers. Read more here 2. ParknShop’s TASTExFRESH, Hong Kong ...
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...
03 June 2022
Couche-Tard, Circle K’s parent company, is partnering with tech-company, Mashgin, to roll-out its touchless checkout system to more than 7,000 stores over the next three years. Eight times faster than traditional self-checkout Described by the company as a “Smart Checkout” system, Mashgin has developed an AI-powered self-checkout system which can improve customer checkout times by as much as...