Innovation news

07 February 2019
In addition to expanding its Home Chef meal kits range to 500 additional stores, Kroger is also enabling shoppers to customise their kits online. Range available in 700 locations Kroger introduced the Home Chef range of meal kits into its stores last October following its acquisition of the company. Although the retailer had developed its own range, Prep & Pared, in-house, the acquisition e...
06 February 2019
The ‘last mile’ has become an increasingly competitive place, as the food industry and disruptors continue to create solutions that make online shopping even more convenient. We know that the convenience and ease of online shopping is extremely appealing to shoppers. We’ve identified several examples of last mile solutions that help online shoppers embrace this convenience. Increase in un...
05 February 2019
FamilyMart has launched its first laundry-convenience store in the Sanchong District of New Taipei, Taiwan. A multipurpose convenience store FamilyMart's new laundry convenience store, which opened last month, operates approx. 140 sq m. The store is fitted with five all-in-one washer-dryers, a service support/payment counter, an area for daily consumables, cigarettes, and more. The retailer...
31 January 2019
Hear IGD future thinkers Toby Pickard, Vanessa Henry and Chris Irish discuss the global retail trends we expect to see in 2019. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES IGD Futures The future of food and gorcery Find out more
31 January 2019
25 leading consumer product companies have unveiled a reusable packaging subscription service, along with TerraCycle, an innovative waste management company. The service, called Loop, will launch in Paris and New York in Spring 2019. Coalition of consumer product companies International recycling company TerraCycle has partnered with a group of leading consumer product companies including U...
29 January 2019
The retailers take different, innovative approaches to long-term reduction of plastic waste. M&S supporting circular economy with plastic take-back initiative New recycling bins in store will allow shoppers to return plastic packaging which they can't recycle at home. This includes items such as black ready meal trays and cosmetics containers. Packaging collected will be used to create stor...
25 January 2019
Amazon is piloting its own delivery robot with Amazon Scout. The devices will deliver packages to customers in a neighbourhood in Snohomish County, Washington. How Amazon Scout will work Amazon customers in Snohomish County can order products on the Amazon App or Amazon.com, and receive the order by an Amazon carrier or by Amazon Scout. The same delivery options will apply including fast, F...
23 January 2019
We look at some of the key technologies on show at this year’s NRF retail technology show in New York which are starting to make the connected store a reality. Interest driven by Amazon Go launch and concepts from Asia Multiple retail-technologies were on show at NRF’s annual expo, including smart shelves, robotic fulfillment and digital smart screens. However, several checkout-free store c...
14 January 2019
Kroger’s CEO, Rodney McCullen, shared his views on the future of retail at NRF’s Retail Show in New York. We look at how this aligns with the retailer’s strategic plan. Developing a new vision for the business Speaking at the NRF event, Rodney McCullen outlined how retail will look very different in the future. He expects it to: Be a blend of physical and digital Designed to solve ...
11 January 2019
Online retailer Ocado has introduced a palm oil-free ‘aisle’ to its website and the Ocado app. Growing demand Ocado’s customers can now browse over 3,000 products that do not contain palm oil. Ocado aims to make searching for palm oil-free products easier and simplify this process with the new aisle on its website. The launch follows a 28% increase in searches for palm oil-free products in ...