Innovation news

07 March 2013
BIMcell, the mobile communications brand of BIM, has reached 250,000 subscribers within nine months of launch in March 2012. The service offers prepaid calling services in Turkey and 97% network coverage across the country. BIMcell enjoys growth but is a small operator in the wider market Other competitors include Turkcell, Vodafone (previously Telsim) and Avea. BIMcell is the most recent m...
27 February 2013
Until now vending machines that dispense beauty products have mostly been found in Japan and within American malls.  Innovative range of products However, the trend has now reached the UK with Harvey Nichols debuting a make-up version of the classic treat dispenser in its new BeautyMart boutique cosmetics hall in London. Previously beauty vending machines have been brand specific, fo...
19 February 2013
Coles has become the first Australian supermarket to trial a mobile wallet payment system, a significant move as the retailer looks to better leverage the use of the smartphone. Contactless mobile payment and flybuy points with a single swipe Coles has begun trials with 60 customers to test the new Coles Mastercard Mobile Wallet. The new app for smartphones will enable customers to pay for...
13 February 2013
Tesco is aiming to become the first UK retailer to use virtual reality technology to plan its categories, which should lead to better  in-store efficiencies and more effective and flexible ranging in its formats. .style1 { text-align: center; } New software will introduce faster and more reactive category planning Tesco has been working with technology company Red Dot Square for the las...
11 February 2013
Tesco has launched a new premium section to its website under the title 'The Foodhall at Tesco'. Looking to attract premium customers The new webpage on Tesco.com is designed to bring a more premium option to both 'foodie' customers and those with specialist dietary requirements. The page has been designed to deliver a premium look and feel and currently features products from six special...
11 February 2013
At IGD we keep a close eye on innovation and developments in our  industry.  Here are our latest top picks from around the world.  McCain multi-sensory bus stop ads When McCain launched its new Ready Baked Jackets, it created 3D bus stop adverts containing heating elements. As people activated them, they released  the smell of slow-baked jacket potatoes. The posters were located at bus  shel...
07 February 2013
As Tesco creates a new position for a Managing Director to oversee its operations in London, what does this mean for its strategy in the capital in terms of how its business develops going forward? Getting serious about the London opportunity Andrew Yaxley was moved from his position as UK Commercial Director for Fresh Food last October and will now take on the responsibility for all for...
24 January 2013
The HOK-Elanto co-operative has begun trialling a new self-service collection model in Finland. Next move with Foodie.fm Building on the success S Group has had with its online offer, which uses the Foodie.fm platform, the new service allows shoppers to pick up their groceries from a self-service parcel point. S Group launched a Collect & Go in-store grocery collection in November 2012 ...
22 January 2013
As the retailer looks to reinvigorate growth in its liquor formats in 2013, Coles has launched a new private label brand into the beer category. Three ales all with their own Aussie personality Coles has entered the craft beer market with the launch of its own private label branded beer. The new Steamrail Brewing Company brand has the slogan of 'Ale with a Tale', claiming that behind every...
21 January 2013
Tesco has launched its latest dotcom only warehouse store in Crawley, as it continues to build home delivery capacity through this format. A growing network delivering improved service The new dark store opened for trade on 21 January adds to those already operational in Aylesford (near Maidstone), Croydon, Edmonton and Greenford. Tesco continues to build its network of dark store wareho...