Store of the future news

17 February 2021
The Giant Company is partnering with Swisslog to provide automation technology featuring AutoStore at its new GIANT Direct ecommerce fulfillment centre in Philadelphia, USA. Building an omnichannel supply chain This pilot comes as Ahold Delhaize continues to expand its ecommerce fulfilment capabilities as part of building a stronger omnichannel supply chain. Following the significant growth...
16 February 2021
A.S. Watson has reported some trends that will shape the future of health and beauty, and other retail channels in 2021. Offline + online strategy as the new retail standard The pandemic has changed the shopping habits of customers, evolving their expectations and desires.  Like other retailers, A.S. Watson Group has witnessed a surge in online shopping in 2020, but it was able to adapt qui...
10 February 2021
Following the launch of the format in 2018, Publix has opened the eighth location of its GreenWise Market format. We look inside this store, which is the first to be developed by the retailer as part of a high-rise development in a downtown location. Downtown location The store is located on the ground floor of The Main Las Olas building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The retailer has taken t...
09 February 2021
After eight months of works. Sainsbury's has completed a multi-million pound relaunch of its Hempstead Valley superstore in Kent, creating a showcase for its latest product offer and format design. Why Hempstead Valley is significant Hempstead Valley is Sainsbury's most important store launch since  Selly Oak in 2018 and takes forward the mission based thinking applied at  Hedge End . K...
23 January 2021
Reliance Retail plans to integrate its own e-commerce app JioMart into WhatsApp, within the next six months.  This would enable 400m users of India’s most popular messaging app to order food and grocery products, without having to switch to another platform. Integration challenges Flipkart and Amazon in India’s online retail market Customers can place their orders on JioMart by adding its W...
21 January 2021
A.S. Watson Group and Grab, the leading delivery and payment solutions provider in Southeast Asia, have formed a new partnership that will create the largest omnichannel health and beauty partnership in the region. Access to more than 62,000 health and beauty products in six markets Shoppers can now purchase a wide assortment of more than 62,000 health and beauty products from Watsons throu...
20 January 2021
Asda is trialling a vegan butcher counter with vegan concept creator, Kbox Global, called Veelicious, in its Watford store. We visited during the counter’s opening week to see how Asda was positioning the offer and activate it for shoppers, as it looks to benefit from growing interest in veganism. Inspiration during Veganuary Coinciding with Veganuary, the counter launched on 11 January, an...
16 January 2021
Reliance Retail will depart from its previous strategy of directly selling packaged grocery products.  Instead, its e-commerce platform JioMart will soon use Kirana stores as franchise partners to deliver non-perishable grocery items in India.  Kiranas will be leveraged for non-perishable items; Reliance Retail will fulfill perishable goods JioMart will utilise the existing inventory of the...
15 January 2021
Driving online profitability, creating safe shopping spaces, and bringing the out-of-home experience in-home are among the key trends expected to shape global retail in 2021, according to new predictions from IGD. Following a disruptive 2020, five trends stand out as areas for businesses to focus on this year: 1. System upgrade: digitally enhancing operations What we expect in 2021: ...
11 January 2021
Mexican business FEMSA, which owns the OXXO convenience store chain, are trialling autonomous convenience stores in Mexico. The small-sized units are designed to serve customers in hospitals, apartment complexes and offices. FEMSA has launched two stores in the format, which it has named OXXO Smart. Source: FEMSA Key characteristics of OXXO Smart The stores are fully autonomous (r...