Technology news

13 October 2021
Circle K has retrofitted a store with Standard AI’s autonomous checkout technology in Tempe, Arizona, U.S. The launch follows a successful pilot last year. Our view One of the major benefits of Standard AI’s platform is that it is designed to work without using facial recognition. This will widen the scope of customer adoption, especially those that have data privacy concerns. Biometric a...
29 September 2021
With a total area of 70,000 sq m (comparable to 10 football fields), the world’s largest and China’s first Sam’s Club flagship store has opened in Waigaoqiao Bonded Zone, Pudong New Area, Shanghai on 26 September. A shopping and entertainment destination The outlet includes a Sam's store, as well as catering, entertainment, and education. " It is not just another shopping outlet, but combin...
24 September 2021
Emart24, the convenience chain of South Korean retail giant Shinsegae, said this month that it will increase the number of “hybrid” semi-unmanned stores that operate without workers late at night. Part of the cost-saving initiative It is part of the initiative to save costs by cutting down manpower. 80% of Emart24’s 5,300 stores are closed or without staff from 11pm to 6am, instead of openi...
02 August 2021
As part of its plan to develop new revenue and profit pools, Walmart is to start offering several of its technologies and capabilities to other businesses. Enabling further investment in the customer value proposition Under this initiative, Walmart will aim to monetise the technologies it has developed over the last few years to support its digital transformation and moves towards creating ...
02 July 2021
Walmart and Kraft Heinz have partnered to launch 11 episodes focused on healthy, convenient meal solutions, across its shoppable interactive video hub, Walmart Cookshop. Walmart initially partnered with tech company eko in 2018 to develop original, interactive content to help the retailer develop more frequent and deeper engagement with its customers. The technology enables a new level of pers...
29 June 2021
Following the launch of a beta test last year, Robomart, the autonomous grocery store, has launched the first of several concepts in Los Angeles, California. Autonomous grocery store concept Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2018, Robomart is an autonomous grocery store which consumers can summon to their home in less than ten minutes using a dedicated app. Described by the...
17 June 2021
Building on an existing partnership with DroneUp, Walmart is investing in the company to support its work in developing a scalable last-mile delivery solution. Earlier this year, it invested in self-driving company, Cruise. Flights over people and moving vehicles Walmart and DroneUp partnered last year to launch trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. Since the launch, se...
16 June 2021
Walmart is converting its Supercentre hypermarket in Terrace, BC to a cashier-free model, using different configurations of self-checkouts. US trial The store in Terrace has been selected due to its high self-checkout use. The store will be remodelled to feature traditional self-checkouts and larger self-checkouts for bigger baskets and carts, with store associates available to support cust...
10 June 2021
Convenience retailer Circle K has introduced 100 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in its 140,000 square foot distribution centre in Hong Kong. AMRs provided by Geek+ Geek+ is a technology company specialised in advanced robotics and AI technologies, and provides robotics solutions for warehouses and supply chain management. The AMRs will be used to move racks of goods to human employees p...
07 June 2021
With unstaffed stores one of eight trends currently driving format development in North America, we look at how licensing deals could catapult their growth further. In our new report, 25 stores shaping the future of retail in North America , we’ve identified eight trends underpinning their development. While several stores have opened in the last 12 months reflecting these trends, we have...