Store of the future news

07 May 2021
Rewe has opened a ‘grab-and-go’-focused store in Cologne, which uses technology from Israel-based computer vision company Trigo. Store to open initially to Rewe staff and loyalty cardholders Rewe and Trigo said the store, which is on Zeppelinstraße, close to Cologne’s Neumarkt, will only be open to the retailer’s employees and loyalty cardholders. The companies are planning for the store to...
05 May 2021
Sobeys has launched a new look and feel for its core Sobeys supermarket format in the Legacy neighbourhood, located in south-east Calgary. We look inside this new store. Cleaner look, sharper lines This new store is the first from Sobeys to feature this updated look and feel. While several elements are retained from the original Sobeys concept, new signposting has been introduced for fresh ...
04 May 2021
In the last few weeks we have seen both Coles and Woolworths announce new AI-enabled solutions that it hopes will make stores both more efficient and better to shop. Coles to automate fresh produce replenishment Coles has partnered with Relex Solutions to replace its manual fresh produce ordering system with a new cloud-based AI platform. The new technology will help Coles maintain and impr...
21 April 2021
We look inside the first Shell Café concept located along the A16 motorway in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands. Our view Fuel remains the primary mission at forecourts, but a relevant food offer can convert ‘just for fuel’ missions to more regular in-store purchases. In Europe, for example, coffee is a very important mission, often an everyday routine purchase, so getting this right is vita...
16 April 2021
Walmart is partnering with Texas-based French bakery and café chain, la Madeleine, to test a new Express prototype at stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. 10 pilot locations to open The partnership will see 10 test la Madeleine Express locations open with Walmart Supercenters, its hypermarket format. The first is expected to launch in Garland this July, with the remainder opening in the ...
12 April 2021
FamilyMart has opened several new convenience stores in Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan. We explain why each one is significant and what can be learned from FamilyMart. The first FamilyMart drive-through in Malaysia The pilot drive-through store is located at Berkeley Uptown, Klang, Selangor. Products such as oden (skewers of assorted items such as fish ball and tofu), bento, ice cream ...
12 April 2021
Japanese supermarket chain Daiei will launch an unmanned store in Tokyo, in collaboration with Chinese startup Cloudpick.  In addition, Rakuten and Seiyu are now also using robots to deliver supermarket purchases in Yokosuka City, Japan. Cost to implement Daiei’s store is 50% cheaper than similarly sized unmanned stores Daiei, an affiliate of AEON, will open this unmanned supermarket in Tok...
08 April 2021
Asia-based ecommerce platform Shopee intends to premiumise its beauty offerings, by increasing its focus on K-beauty brands.  Sales of Korean beauty continues to grow in Southeast Asia and Taiwan Korean beauty products remain as one of the top-selling products of Shopee.  The retailer has seen more shoppers searching and buying K-beauty brands on its platform, due to the popularity of K-pop c...
06 April 2021
The first CU convenience store has opened in Malaysia. South Korean retailer, BGF Retail signed a brand licensing deal with MyNews in October last year. Located in Centrepoint Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Kuala Lumpur Source: CU Malaysia South Korean products account for 60% of all products Source: CU Malaysia The 165 sq m store sells popular Korean street food over t...
06 April 2021
Hindustan Unilever’s rural distribution network, composed of Indian women micro-entrepreneurs, has become a lifeline during the pandemic.  The project has given them a source of income, while distributing Unilever’s products directly to rural consumers, without the need for a physical store. 140,000 female entrepreneurs across 18 states benefit from this project In the early 2000s, HUL starte...