Innovation news

22 July 2019
7-Eleven is targeting millennial shoppers and coffee drinkers at its new stores in San Diego, U.S. Reaching a wider customer base A new 7-Eleven store  has opened on 4350 University Ave. in City Heights called an ‘innovative store’. It is 325 sq m and aims to reach a broader customer base. Delivery service via the 7Now app is available, and the carries a wider range of products compared to ...
17 July 2019
Saha Group, which operates in consumer goods (Lawson convenience stores), fashion, textiles and services, will launch its first unmanned store in Thailand within three months. Technology-led store Saha’s first unmanned store under the banner “His & Her” is 100 sq m. It uses facial recognition, QR code reading and radio frequency identification technologies invested by the company. The store...
10 July 2019
Just weeks after trialling a temporary meat free butchers, Sainsbury's is to open a pop-up alcohol free pub in London. Open for two days only The Clean Vic No & Low Alcohol pub will trade for just two days (24/25th July) at 33 New Oxford Street, serving a wide range of beers, wines and mocktails. While the pop-up will look exactly like a traditional pub, everything on offer will entirely no...
25 June 2019
7-Eleven Inc. has announced that it will deliver to more than 2,000 “hot spots” such as parks, beaches and concert venues in the U.S. Bringing shoppers greater convenience Embedded under the retailer’s delivery app 7NOW, “7NOW Pins” will allow shoppers to order products and get them delivered to hot spot locations, including New York’s Central Park and Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Customers...
24 June 2019
Walmart is using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the self-checkout experience at its US stores. Reducing error rates As reported in Business Insider, Walmart has equipped self-checkouts in around 1,000 Supercenters in the US with AI technology which has helped it to improve the accuracy of customer scans and reduce error rates. In partnership with technology company, Everseen, the c...
18 June 2019
Loblaw is expanding its food waste programme with Flashfood to additional stores across Canada. Products purchased through the Flashfood app The Flashfood app enables Loblaw customers to purchase food items nearing expiration at a reduced price, with discounts of up to 50%. Earlier this year, Loblaw launched the programme in 139 stores in Quebec. This has been extended to its Real Canadian ...
18 June 2019
Rakuten and Seiyu will deliver products from the Seiyu LIVIN Yokosuka Store in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, to visitors in Sarushima via drones. Drone service to launch on 4 July 2019 Starting on 4 July 2019, the new initiative will service Sarushima, a popular sightseeing destination and the only uninhabited island in Tokyo Bay. It will run for around three months, and Rakuten Drone...
10 June 2019
We look at some of the key announcements and innovations we saw at Walmart’ Shareholders Week in Bentonville, Arkansas, and outline how they fit with its ongoing transformation and what they mean for the world's largest retailer. Two consistent areas of focus underpinning robust performance Investing in people and technology. Familiar themes for Walmart over the last three years, and they...
09 June 2019
Loblaw has partnered with Loop to bring the circular ecommerce platform developed by TerraCycle, to the Canadian market. Programme to include private label products Starting next year, customers in Toronto will be able to receive selected products from Loblaw’s President’s Choice private label range and national brands in reusable containers, delivered to their homes. Commenting on the prog...
07 June 2019
Walmart will launch a new ‘InHome’ service later this year which will enable online grocery customers to have their orders delivered directly into their homes, including their fridges and freezers. Why is Walmart launching this service? The launch of this service is all about optionality and providing customers with choices for their online orders. It complements its existing same-day groce...