Innovation news

22 September 2020
Walmart is targeting zero emissions across its global operations by 2040. The retailer also plans to manage or restore at least 50m acres of land and 1m square miles of ocean by 2030 to help combat the cascading loss of nature. On the path to becoming a regenerative company These new goals represent a raising of ambitions at Walmart as the retailer aims to play a leading role in transformin...
21 September 2020
Kroger is partnering with Everseen, a leading AI-based vision technology firm, to monitor checkout and self-scan areas in-store. Identifying unusual scanning movements Located in Cork, Ireland, Everseen’s system helps retailers monitor customer behaviour, helping to identify missed items or products which may have been scanned incorrectly. Overhead cameras help to compare customer baskets w...
20 September 2020
Having initially been in discussions with Microsoft to make a bid for the social media platform, TikTok, Walmart is partnering with Oracle and other investors to take a stake in a new company, TikTok Global. TikTok Global TikTok is creating a new company called TikTok Global that will be responsible for providing all TikTok services to users in the US and most of the users in the rest of th...
18 September 2020
Following the launch of the first Walmart Health facility last year, Walmart has outlined plans to take the initiative to at least 22 locations by the end of next year. Targeting the Florida market The first Walmart Health facility opened in Dallas Georgia, followed by a further four locations in the state and one in Bentonville, Arkansas. This year, the retailer plans to open seven f...
17 September 2020
Following a pilot programme, Sam’s Club is rolling out Scan & Go for fuel purchases. National roll-out by the end of the year Scan & Go has been hugely popular with Sam’s Club members, with usage increasing significantly since the start of the pandemic. Member adoption rate has doubled over the past 12 months. The retailer is building on this with a mobile pay-at-the-pump experience than br...
09 September 2020
Metro Inc. is accelerating the roll-out of the FoodHero app to almost 100 stores, following a successful pilot over the last nine months. Saving customers 30-50% Launched last May, the FoodHero app enables customers to save 30-50% on unsold products that are close to their expiry dates. Following a pilot in five Metro stores in Montreal, over 30,000 products were sold via the app. Through t...
09 September 2020
Walmart is partnering with Flytrex to pilot drone delivery for grocery and household essential items. Understand the associate and customer experience The pilot is taking place in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The goal of is to take learnings which could form the basis of a larger-scale drone delivery programme. The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control ...
27 August 2020
Walmart is in discussions for a joint-bid with Microsoft to acquire the TikTok social media platform. US government prompted sale Earlier this summer, the US government indicated to ByteDance that it would close the platform down unless it was sold to a US-based company by mid-November. Several companies are reported to be interested in acquiring the business. Walmart and Microsoft partnere...
27 August 2020
Latest developments include queuing solutions, earlier Christmas shopping, a new marketing campaign, and innovative services.... Virtual queuing trial Six Waitrose stores and three John Lewis stores will trial a virtual queuing system, reports The Grocer. The trial will run for four weeks, encouraging shoppers to scan a QR code to hold their place in line. They will receive a text message w...
25 August 2020
Loblaw has expanded the range of meal kits for delivery available from its pcchef.ca service through partnering with a range of Toronto-based restaurants. Launched during COVID-19 pandemic Loblaw launched its PC Chef delivery service earlier this year, offering a range of meal kits available for next-day home delivery in the Greater Toronto Area. Initially, the retailer offered a range of p...