Innovation news

16 August 2019
We look at how Kroger is using one of the fastest-growing social media apps to reach younger shoppers with its back-to-school promotion. Reaching Gen Z TikTok has emerged as one of the fastest growing apps in the US, with a new platform launched last year following the merger with musical.ly. As the international version of the Chinese short-form video app, Douyin, it’s similar to Snapchat ...
09 August 2019
Japanese railway firm JR East is set to open its first unstaffed, cashless NewDays convenience store at its Musashisakai Station in Tokyo, Japan. How will it work? There will be self-checkout counters for shoppers to scan product barcodes. Cash payments and age-restricted products will not be available. Like other unstaffed stores around the world, products at the NewDays store will be rest...
29 July 2019
We look at how Walmart is using self-driving vehicles to transfer customer orders between stores to support its online grocery initiative. Partnering with Gatik Walmart has partnered with autonomous vehicle company, Gatik, for the pilot which is taking place in Bentonville, Arkansas. Walmart has been working to support new legislation in the state which allows for autonomous vehicles to ope...
22 July 2019
7-Eleven is targeting millennial shoppers and coffee drinkers at its new stores in San Diego, U.S. Reaching a wider customer base A new 7-Eleven store  has opened on 4350 University Ave. in City Heights called an ‘innovative store’. It is 325 sq m and aims to reach a broader customer base. Delivery service via the 7Now app is available, and the carries a wider range of products compared to ...
17 July 2019
Saha Group, which operates in consumer goods (Lawson convenience stores), fashion, textiles and services, will launch its first unmanned store in Thailand within three months. Technology-led store Saha’s first unmanned store under the banner “His & Her” is 100 sq m. It uses facial recognition, QR code reading and radio frequency identification technologies invested by the company. The store...
10 July 2019
Just weeks after trialling a temporary meat free butchers, Sainsbury's is to open a pop-up alcohol free pub in London. Open for two days only The Clean Vic No & Low Alcohol pub will trade for just two days (24/25th July) at 33 New Oxford Street, serving a wide range of beers, wines and mocktails. While the pop-up will look exactly like a traditional pub, everything on offer will entirely no...
25 June 2019
7-Eleven Inc. has announced that it will deliver to more than 2,000 “hot spots” such as parks, beaches and concert venues in the U.S. Bringing shoppers greater convenience Embedded under the retailer’s delivery app 7NOW, “7NOW Pins” will allow shoppers to order products and get them delivered to hot spot locations, including New York’s Central Park and Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Customers...
24 June 2019
Walmart is using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the self-checkout experience at its US stores. Reducing error rates As reported in Business Insider, Walmart has equipped self-checkouts in around 1,000 Supercenters in the US with AI technology which has helped it to improve the accuracy of customer scans and reduce error rates. In partnership with technology company, Everseen, the c...
18 June 2019
Loblaw is expanding its food waste programme with Flashfood to additional stores across Canada. Products purchased through the Flashfood app The Flashfood app enables Loblaw customers to purchase food items nearing expiration at a reduced price, with discounts of up to 50%. Earlier this year, Loblaw launched the programme in 139 stores in Quebec. This has been extended to its Real Canadian ...
18 June 2019
Rakuten and Seiyu will deliver products from the Seiyu LIVIN Yokosuka Store in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, to visitors in Sarushima via drones. Drone service to launch on 4 July 2019 Starting on 4 July 2019, the new initiative will service Sarushima, a popular sightseeing destination and the only uninhabited island in Tokyo Bay. It will run for around three months, and Rakuten Drone...