Store of the future news

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...
10 March 2021
Walmart Canada is partnering with Ghost Kitchen Brands to open ghost kitchens in its stores. Five kitchens planned initially Ghost Kitchen Brands has partnered with over 20 restaurant brands to operate ghost kitchens across Canada. Its operating model and technology-led solution enables it to produce meals from all of its partners within a single kitchen. Through this partnership, it will o...
05 March 2021
Japanese retailer Ryohin Keikaku plans to significantly expand Muji’s grocery business by allocating 30% of space at its new stores to premium food and drinks. Growth in food sales at the end of 2020 Ryohin Keikaku’s September to November 2020 sales has increased by 69% to JPY12.2bn (US$115m) from the same period last year.  This is driven by 60% growth in grocery sales, which Muji attributes...
04 March 2021
Amazon has launched a grocery store format in the UK operating under the Amazon Fresh banner. The 2,500 sq ft store is located in Ealing, London. Amazon Fresh is the first convenience grocery store to offer Amazon’s Just Walk Out Technology, used in its US ‘Go’ format, outside of the US. Amazon plans to rollout the concept by opening additional stores in the Greater London area. Amazon ha...
03 March 2021
As part of its five-year $3.5bn investment plan, Walmart Canada is set to open its first store featuring automated micro-fulfillment and automated pickup kiosk for grocery ecommerce. Investing in stores, supply chain and technology Walmart Canada outlined its investment plan last year, with a focus on its stores, supply chain and technology. Several of the new elements came to life at...
03 March 2021
We look at Target’s latest results and its strategic update which included details of its investment programme for the next few years. This includes a $4bn annual investment plan in digital commerce, new stores and remodels and its supply chain. Q4 key numbers Total revenue up 21.1% to $28.3bn Fourth quarter comparable sales increased 20.5%, with traffic up 6.5% and average ticket up ...
02 March 2021
Last month our Future Talk webinar looked at where grocery retail is heading in North America, with a focus on store of the future developments. This replay is available for subscribers only. Part one: from store of now to the store of the future (2:00 minute mark) Covid-19 and grocery formats Future store elements Five big bets for the store of the future Part two : inside Wa...
01 March 2021
Last September, Albertsons opened the latest iteration of what it refers to internally as Pavilions 2.0, which features a new décor package for its upscale banner. We look at how fresh foods are being executed across three departments. Remodeled store The store, located in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, is an expanded version of an older Pavilions. This banner forms part of t...
25 February 2021
With Apple becoming the latest partner for Target as it builds a differentiated store experience, we look at what this means for the retailer. Enhanced in-store and online experience Target is partnering with Apple to offer customers an enhanced shopping experience in store, and online. The roll-out will start in 17 locations initially across the US this month, with further sites to be laun...
24 February 2021
Mars Wrigley has partnered with US-based retailer, Wakefern, to pilot a robotic kiosk in-store to offer a range of its impulse products for sale. Designed to engage and entertain shoppers Deployed at Wakefern’s ShopRite store in Monroe, New York, the robot has been developed to offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase products which can be found within the checkout zone. Mars Wrigley is par...