Innovation news

11 November 2020
PepsiCo has opened an automated micro-fulfillment centre (MFC) in the Chicago area in partnership with Dematic. First-mover advantage? PepsiCo is one of the first consumer goods suppliers to open a micro-fulfillment centre in the US. The fulfillment model has gained significant traction over recent years, with several strategic partnerships being formed to support the fast-growing grocery e...
10 November 2020
Walmart is a partnering with GM-owned self-driving car company, Cruise, to pilot grocery deliveries in Arizona. Nuro also working with Kroger in the Houston market Walmart has undertaken several pilots in this space, including programmes with Nuro in Houston, Gatik in Bentonville and Udelv in Surprise, Arizona. It has also worked with Ford and Waymo, Google’s self-driving project. Cruise is...
03 November 2020
We look at why Walmart’s making the shift away from using in-store inventory scanners, often referred to as shelf-scanning robots. Technology push The Wall Street Journal has reported that Walmart is ending its use of using shelf-scanning robots within its US stores. Last April, the retailer announced that it was deploying a further 300 of the Auto-S shelf scanners to its stores, with aro...
03 November 2020
Shoppers can book slots in advance of shopping, in a move to enhance the experience and prevent queuing at M&S stores. How does it work? Shoppers select the store they wish to visit through the M&S website They pick a date and a 30 minute time slot On arrival, an in-store host greets them, managing the total number of shoppers in the store at one time Winter-friendly initiativ...
03 November 2020
Walmart Canada’s new store in Vaughan, Ontario, showcases how the retailer is evolving its large store format to support its fast-growing ecommerce business. Most modern omnichannel store Earlier this year, Walmart Canada outlined a $3.5bn investment plan , focused on its stores, supply chain and technology. As part of this, it is investing $110m this year in store renovations and tech...
29 October 2020
Walmart is piloting a new store concept that is designed to serve the needs of in-store and online shoppers. Creating the perfect omnichannel store Walmart has several projects and roll-outs underway centred on reinventing its physical stores. These include a new concept Supercenter and a new-look front-end . This latest test is designed to help the retailer find solutions that h...
22 October 2020
The retailer is launching a new virtual shopping experience based on an iconic movie home. The familiarity of a known location The retailer has adopted a creative approach to launch this initiative, creating the Sam’s Club National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation holiday shopping experience. This enables its members to visit a reimagined Christmas vacation home that was a key part of a Christm...
13 October 2020
Following the success of its drive-in movie initiative and summer camp programme, Walmart is launching three new events for the fall, including store and virtual Halloween activities. Halloween ‘spooky street’ Over the summer months, Walmart hosted drive-in movies at 160 stores , repurposing its large car parks. Building on this, it will transform 100 of its car parks into ‘spooky stre...
13 October 2020
Kroger has launched the first generation of Chefbot, its AI-powered Twitter recipe tool which provides customers with mealtime inspiration and personalised recommendations. Helping to provide meal inspiration and reduce food waste Chefbot has been developed in partnership with integrated creative and media agency 360i, and technology partners Coffee Labs and Clarifai. Chefbot is an innovati...
30 September 2020
Walmart has revealed a new look and feel for its US Supercenters, with inspiration taken from airports to help its shoppers complete a fast and easy trip. App driven experience Walmart has developed a new look and feel for its stores, as reported by the Associated Press. Tested in one store, the exterior and interior of the stores will feature the Walmart app icon. The store entrance area w...