Innovation news

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...
30 May 2019
Walmart Canada has unveiled a new look hypermarket format in Toronto. The Supercentre has been developed specifically for downtown locations, an area where the retailer is relatively under penetrated. Second new concept to launch next year The new look Supercenter has been developed within an existing location, at the Stockyards, Toronto. The store features a new design and layout, a broade...
27 May 2019
VinMart, a leading retailer in Vietnam, has placed large posters displaying images of over 100 daily essential products on shelves to look like a supermarket in 20 locations. Shoppers can buy these products by scanning QR codes on their mobile phone and pay with the VinID app. Expanding to more locations These virtual stores are placed in dormitories, office buildings, schools and bus stops...
21 May 2019
Kroger and Loop, the circular ecommerce platform developed by TerraCycle, have formed an exclusive grocery retail partnership agreement in the US. Designed to reduce reliance on single-use packaging The launch of Loop was announced earlier this year. International recycling company TerraCycle initially partnered with a group of 25 leading consumer product companies including Unilever, Pro...
16 May 2019
Waitrose & Partners is extending its in-home unattended delivery service, While You’re Away, following a successful initial trial. Successful pilot In October 2018, Waitrose became the first UK retailer to deliver groceries through in-home unattended delivery. The retailer’s While You’re Away service was initially trialled with 100 customers located within the delivery area of its dotcom fu...
15 May 2019
Kroger is partnering with Lindsay Goldberg, a private investment firm, to develop a new platform to identify, invest and help grow the next generation of leading consumer brands. Supporting Kroger’s alternative profit streams model The two companies will create a new entity, PearlRock Partners, which will sit within Kroger’s alternative profit streams portfolio. PearlRock will be one of the...
14 May 2019
Having introduced free two-day shipping two years ago, Walmart is adding free next-day delivery on a range of general merchandise products from Walmart.com. Launch follows on from Amazon’s one-day shipping change for Prime members The launch of this new service aligns with the growing focus on reducing fulfilment lead times, with Amazon recently announcing that it would move to one-day ship...
13 May 2019
We look at how Loblaw is using gamification to drive home its low-price credentials within its No Frills discount business. Supporting the brand’s new marketing campaign No Frills has launched a new web-based game, Hauler: Aisles of Glory. The retro 8-bit 2D animation video game, which can be played in-browser on mobile, tablet and desktop, supports the brand’s new marketing campaign which ...