Innovation news

06 August 2020
Having revealed details earlier this summer of its plans to host drive-in movies at its stores, the retailer has launched the experience which will roll to 160 stores. Optimising store car parks Walmart is repurposing its large car parks through the summer to offer drive-in movies. This comes as traditional movie theatres are starting to re-open with social-distancing measures in place. The...
05 August 2020
M&S: latest shopping innovations New initiatives from the retailer include food-to-go vending, rolling out its checkout-free shopping app, and opening a "store for the new world". M&S also prepares for the Ocado switch-on in September. Trial for food-to-go vending Cherwell Valley is the first M&S site to trial a new vending solution for M&S's food-to-go, reports The Grocer. A second tria...
28 July 2020
Japan’s three largest convenience chains, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart and Lawson will test a joint delivery and logistics solution in a bid to reduce the number of delivery trucks on the roads. One week trial in Tokyo Jiji Press reports that the joint transport solution will be for confectionery and beverage products. Products will be gathered at a joint logistics centre, then distributed to 40 st...
23 July 2020
Two Sanrio-themed 7-Eleven stores have opened in Taipei, Taiwan. Unique design and differentiated merchandise 7-Eleven Liufu and Xinhanhua stores are decorated with familiar Sanrio characters such as Hello Kitty on the walls. Vibrant colours also used in both stores, e.g. on shelves and ceiling, etc. In addition to typical products that can found at 7-Eleven stores, a selection of Sanrio it...
20 July 2020
We look at Walmart Canada’s $3.5bn investment plan, the programmes its drawing on from the US and what it means for the business. Plans shaped by new CEO The retailer’s five-year plan to invest $3.5bn its stores, supply chain and technology comes nine months after the appointment of Horacio Barbeito as the retailer’s new president and CEO. He joined the retailer having held leadership roles...
02 July 2020
We look at three new initiatives from Walmart, arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic, and consider what they mean for its longer-term strategy. 1. New cashier-free model Updating on an initiative which launched last month, Walmart has shared more details on its cashier-free test in Fayetteville, USA . The retailer has adopted a unique layout in the checkout area, removing the traditiona...
30 June 2020
We round up the latest developments from Salling Group, as it introduces three brand new apps across its grocery formats. Netto: Fillop ambient grocery online subscription service Earlier this month, the leading Danish discounter introduced the Fillop app, an ambient grocery online subscription service. Source: Salling Group, Apple The new service aims to remove the need for regula...
19 June 2020
Shoppers at 7-Eleven in Japan can now use the retailer’s multi-function machines to purchase MS&AD Insurance Group's life insurance. How does it work? Customers can begin the process by applying on their smartphones or PCs partly. The sale is completed once the insurance fee is paid at the checkouts in-store. The two businesses have also set up call centres where licensed insurance employee...
17 June 2020
Loblaw has launched a temporary pop-up digital store in partnership with leading toys retailer, Mastermind Toys. Enhancing Loblaw’s third-party Marketplace The pop-up store will operate through June and July, offering a range of products from the iconic toys retailer. The range will feature within the PC Express Marketplace, Loblaw’s site for third-party sellers. While the retailer already ...
16 June 2020
Sobeys has extended its partnership with indoor vertical farming company, Infarm, to its Thrifty Foods banner in the Metro Vancouver market. We recently visited one of three stores in the initial roll-out.  Great alignment with Thrifty Foods’ proposition Sobeys launched its partnership with Infarm earlier this year, initially introducing a range of herbs at two Safeway stores in Vancouver. ...