Innovation news

29 November 2018
We’ve identified the top five trends shaping the Asian retail market and influencing retailer strategy in 2019 and beyond. Nick Miles, our head of Asia-Pacific, discusses each one and reveals what it means for suppliers in the region. The top five trends Ultimate convenience Partnerships shaping the future of online Health and freshness at the heart Social sh...
22 November 2018
As we approach the end of 2018, we have reflected on some of the major changes we have seen in global retailing, and have predicted five key trends that we expect to develop and shape the global retail market over the next 12 months and beyond. We believe we’ll see retailers and brands introduce numerous initiatives to address these trends in 2019: Data dictates the way Doing good i...
14 November 2018
Walmart is partnering with Ford to test grocery delivery using autonomous vehicles in Miami. Pilot focused on understanding the future of delivery Walmart is working with Ford, and its delivery partner, Postmates, to undertake this pilot. It will help the retailer to better understand the future of delivery and the role of these vehicles as part of a broader mix of fulfillment options. Both...
12 November 2018
We look at Walmart’s plans to create an AI-driven ‘Intelligent Retail Lab’ in one of its US stores. Project team sits within Store No.8 incubator TechCrunch reports Walmart will launch the concept at its store in Levittown, New York. The retailer will equip the store with technologies which will enable it to deliver and test new experiences for its customers and store associates. This for...
05 November 2018
7-Eleven is piloting a new mobile self-checkout feature, Scan & Pay, at stores in Dallas, US. Geo-fencing technology enables in-app Scan & Pay feature The retailer has launched the pilot at 14 stores in the Dallas area. This enables shoppers to scan their own products with their smartphone and check-out without having to queue. The technology is integrated into the 7-Eleven app and the reta...
31 October 2018
Albertsons is set to become the first national grocer in the US to pilot and implement a robotic picking and micro-fulfilment solution for grocery ecommerce. Utilising a range of ecommerce models Albertsons is partnering with Takeoff Technologies to launch an automated ecommerce fulfilment centre. The pilot is set to launch next year. The retailer currently operates a range of ecommerce mod...
30 October 2018
Guaranteed next day delivery of letters and parcels. 7-Eleven launches Speed-D express delivery Starting from today, you can get your mail delivered at more than 3,000 7-Eleven stores in Bangkok. The service is a joint venture between CP Group, Thailand’s largest grocery retailer and local delivery company Dynamic Logistics. Next day delivery is guaranteed for all packages that are recei...
30 October 2018
Sam’s Club is launching a new club concept, developed to enable the retailer to test the latest tech-led initiatives and adapt the in-store layout. Incubating, testing and refining new technologies Located in Dallas, the new club will trade under the Sam’s Cub Now banner. Developed as a technology lab, this will enable the retailer to incubate, test and refine technologies. The goal is to b...
18 October 2018
Retailers continue to invest in private label, with recent enhancements across different tiers including entry level, premium, organic and ethical ranges. We round up six of the latest innovations across the region, featuring activity from Tesco, Coop Sverige, REMA 1000, Jumbo, Carrefour and Sonae MC. 1. Tesco unveils Jack’s private label range in new discount format Tesco has introduced ...
17 October 2018
Singapore online concierge service opens innovative bricks-and-mortar marketplace. Supermarket, restaurant and retail experience in one location Launched this week, Habitat by honestbee is the online concierge’s first entry into offline grocery retail. Occupying 60,000 sq ft, the store at Pasir Panjang contains a supermarket with more than 20,000 Asian and global flavours and ingredients. ...