Innovation news

09 January 2019
Tesco customers in Milton Keynes can now have their groceries delivered by robot.  The service from robotics company Starship Technologies, is now available via a Tesco Extra in the Kingston Centre. How does the service work? Tesco customers can use Starship’s smartphone app to order groceries, which can then be delivered in as little as 15 minutes within a two-mile radius of the store. Mor...
09 January 2019
Walmart is partnering with Udelv to test its autonomous delivery vans in Surprise, Arizona. Builds on existing driverless deliveries The pilot will see a cargo van customised to support Walmart’s grocery delivery operation. The test builds on existing self-driving car pilots which are underway. These include a pilot program with Ford, and its delivery partner Postmates, and a similar progra...
08 January 2019
Diageo is trialling a new Scotch whisky tasting experience with Talisker, using voice technology. The Talisker Tasting Experience Diageo is piloting a new Amazon Alexa Skill, the Talisker Tasting Experience, in which consumers will experience an audio journey to educate them on how to taste Scotch whisky, and the flavours within the Talisker range. With this voice activated skill, Diageo ai...
07 January 2019
Kroger and Microsoft are collaborating to develop a connected store pilot, optimising Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. Pilot stores in Oho and Washington Powered by Microsoft Azure and connected IoT sensors, Kroger’s technology team has developed a smart technology system. This is being used to transform two pilot stores in Monroe, Ohio and Redmond, Washington. The stores will optimise Mic...
03 January 2019
Ahead of the IGD team heading to the CES technology show in Las Vegas, we outline the five technologies that we’ll be looking at in detail for their impact on the food and grocery sector. 5G networks The roll-out of 5G wireless networks is expected to be one of the dominant themes of the show. While this will be constrained to a small number of cities in a few countries this year, over time...
20 December 2018
We look at how retailers across Europe are innovating in food-to-go, featuring developments from Carrefour, Albert Heijn and Axfood. France: Carrefour opens fresh and meal solution-focused store Carrefour has opened its first “laboratory store” in Paris. The new 371 sq. m "Halle de Clichy" store is partly based on the Carrefour City concept, although the retailer has given more space to...
18 December 2018
Kroger has expanded its fleet of delivery vehicles to include Nuro’s custom unmanned vehicle, the R1. Almost 1,000 deliveries completed as part of pilot program Kroger and Nuro first partnered on a self-driving delivery service in August, piloting a programme in Scottsdale, Arizona. This utilised a fleet of Prius vehicles, accompanied by vehicle operators, with almost 1,000 customer deliver...
12 December 2018
We recently visited New York to see what grocery retailers can learn from the latest batch of new store openings in the city. Flagship central As one of the major retail destinations globally, New York is an automatic choice for retailers launching new flagships. Its iconic status, legendary shopping districts and diverse customer base make it a great showcase and testing ground for new ide...
05 December 2018
7-Eleven is testing trial facial recognition payment at one of its stores in Tokyo this month. Testing facial recognition on a small scale 7-Eleven will open a pilot store in collaboration with NEC. The store will be approx. 10-20 sq m and will only serve NEC Group employees. To access the store, staff will need to preregister themselves. They will then be able to enter the store by scannin...
04 December 2018
Target is partnering with Germany’s Metro AG to launch a new startup accelerator programme, the METRO Target Retail Accelerator. Seeking ways to differentiate the business and develop new technologies Target established its accelerator programme for startups three years ago in conjunction with Techstars. It aims to identify startups which can help the business further differentiate its offe...