Store of the future news

29 March 2021
With at-home demand remaining elevated and most retailers picking online orders from stores, the centre store is under pressure for the first time in many years. We look at how retailers are responding to this and what the longer term implications could be. Retailers and suppliers are generating positive returns as they implement omnichannel-focused initiatives. In our latest report for Retail...
25 March 2021
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a high level of format innovation in the UK this quarter. In this article we highlight five key stores that have opened and the trends driving store innovation. 1. Sainsbury’s new flagship store In February, Sainsbury’s relaunched its Hempstead Valley supermarket after eight months of redevelopment work to create a next generation state-of-the-art...
25 March 2021
Although performance at urban convenience stores has been challenged amidst COVID-19 in many Western European markets; Reitan Convenience has invested in four new concept stores as it seeks to be fit for the future in partnership with design agency Reactor AB. These new store concepts elevate the customer experience across its formats to a whole new level, while PBX could set the benchmark...
24 March 2021
7-Eleven has opened its third Evolution Store in Dallas and sixth in the U.S. This time, the store is connected to Laredo Taco Company and features a drive-through concept. 7-Eleven's sixth Evolution Store  Source: 7-Eleven / M Booth The store serves tacos on handmade tortillas with chorizo, barbacoa, and carnitas. More than 30 drink options are also available, including Slurpees an...
23 March 2021
7-Eleven has reached another milestone in Taiwan, opening its 6,000 th store in Kaohsiung's Fongshan District. 7-Eleven Fengyi Store Source: 7-Eleven Taiwan Source: 7-Eleven Taiwan Source: 7-Eleven Taiwan Source: 7-Eleven Taiwan Look to Taiwan for inspiration on convenience At almost 29% of the grocery retail market, Taiwan’s convenience channel has the h...
22 March 2021
Ahold Delhaize’s The GIANT Company has opened its new urban-focused flagship in Philadelphia. We look at how the retailer has developed an innovative format for this city-centre location. A store for the community The 65,000 sq ft store is located on the second floor of a 25-floor residential tower in the heart of the city. Overlooking the Schuylkill River, the store is the centre-piece of ...
19 March 2021
Metcash and Ritchies Supermarkets has launched the second SUPA VALU store in Australia in Ballina, New South Wales. New larger format set to impress The new store is a conversion of an existing SUPA IGA and is the second SUPA VALU store to open in Australia, following the Doonside store opening in western Sydney last year. At 3,000 sq m the store is larger than the first one, but has a very...
17 March 2021
Autonomous stores are a growing trend we are seeing globally. Since the start of the pandemic, customers have preferred to shop in stores closer to their home. The compact size of autonomous stores enables businesses to open units that are closer, making them a convenient and safer option. Here we explore three autonomous store concepts we have seen in the region.  Oxxo Smart, Mexico ...
16 March 2021
Amazon has opened its second Amazon Fresh store, with Just Walk Out technology, in Wembley Park, London. Plans for further rollout At the beginning of March, Amazon launched its first Just Walk Out grocery format outside the US, operating under the Amazon Fresh banner, in Ealing, London. The retailer has now opened its second Amazon Fresh store in Wembley Park Boulevard. The 2,500 sq f...
12 March 2021
FairPrice is working with local agencies to test the use of autonomous robots in providing on-demand deliveries in Singapore. Greater convenience and flexibility Source: IMDA The trial is currently limited to a neighbourhood shopping complex in Punggol and the residential area nearby. The one-year trial will assess: Technologies such as AI for autonomous navigation, obstacle det...