Innovation news

26 September 2019
Walmart’s Sam’s Club business is launching the Care Accelerator to offer its members a series of bundled healthcare plans. Saving money and improving health outcomes Sam’s Club is partnering with healthcare companies Humana and 98point6 as part of a plan to make healthcare more affordable for its members and improve their long-term health. The retailer will offer a series of plans covering ...
25 September 2019
Alibaba has announced a game changing partnership with Perfect Corp. to integrate advanced beauty AR solutions into Taobao and Tmall platforms. Virtual try-on before you buy The partnership allows shoppers use Perfect Corp’s augmented reality (AR) technology to virtually try on various beauty products, including lipsticks, blush, eyeliner, eyelashes, eye shadow and complete makeup looks. ...
24 September 2019
The cryptocurrency can now be bought at all 7-Eleven stores across the country. Bring Bitcoin to everyday shoppers Abra has formed a partnership with ECPay to sell Bitcoin for cash in the Philippines. Abra is a well-known cryptocurrency investment app company and ECPay a payment processor firm. The partnership will introduce cryptocurrency to 6,000 locations across the Philippines, inclu...
23 September 2019
We look at some of the enhancements Walmart’s been making to its online grocery proposition in the US, including live order tracking and smart substitution. Expanding footprint Speaking at Groceryshop in Las Vegas, Tom Ward, SVP Digital Operations at Walmart, outlined how the retailer is continuing to invest in its online grocery service. The retailer is focused on enhancing the customer ex...
20 September 2019
Online shopping mall Rakuten and supermarket chain Seiyu have agreed to road test autonomous delivery robots service, in collaboration with JD.com. Delivering goods using the Rakuten UGV The autonomous delivery robots service is to be tested from September 21 to October 27. Using the Rakuten Drone app, shoppers can place their orders from the Seiyu Livin Yokosuka Store and have the goods...
19 September 2019
From the sessions we attended to the discussions that were had, five key themes emerged at this year’s Groceryshop event in Las Vegas. These are centred on the consumer, efficiency, innovation, organisational readiness and data. 1. The consumer is in charge and dictating terms The refreshing aspect of most of the presentations was that most new initiatives are being driven with a consumer-f...
18 September 2019
Coinciding with the Groceryshop retail technology and innovation event in Las Vegas, several technology-led companies made new funding and partnership announcements. We look at some of the moves being made by the companies we’ve been tracking over the last 12 months. IGD perspective: tapping into the ecosystem These announcements highlight how infused grocery retail has become with leadin...
28 August 2019
Following an open call earlier this year, Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation has selected seven companies to participate in its programme aimed at reducing and preventing food waste. $1m food waste fund for first cohort Kroger received over 400 applicants to the programme, with grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 available from a $1m fund designated for the first cohort. The p...
22 August 2019
7-Eleven has launched mobile checkout at its stores in New York City, U.S. Greater convenience during busy hours After testing mobile self-checkout with employees at its Store Support Center store, 7-Eleven launched the service in several Dallas locations in 2018 to get customer feedback for further refinement. Now, customers at 7-Eleven in New York City can skip the checkout line and pa...
20 August 2019
Building on their existing collaboration, Walmart and BuzzFeed’s Tasty are launching shoppable recipes. Customers will be able to add full ingredient lists from Tasty’s 4,000 videos into their Walmart online grocery shopping carts. Builds on existing partnership Last year, the two companies partnered to enable the in-app purchasing of kitchen tools, bakeware and appliances. This has been a ...