Technology news

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
Reliance Retail has announced that it is extending the date to complete the purchase of Future Retail.  While waiting for the merger to be approved by the authorities, Reliance Retail is focusing more on growing its private label brands, while Future Retail has enhanced its digital capability with a two-hour delivery guarantee for online shoppers of Big Bazaar. Potential acquisition of Future R...
17 March 2021
Amazon is on track to launch its first robotics fulfilment centre in the market by the end of 2021. 200,000 sq m facility If it stays on schedule, the new 200,000 sq. m. facility will open in late 2021. It aims to deliver a faster, more consistent experience for customers across Australia and is set to be the biggest warehouse in the country. As reported by 9News.com.au, the FC could theore...
05 March 2021
Walmart-owned Flipkart will expand its online grocery operations to more cities in India, start voice search in English and Hindi, and make changes in its board of directors.  The online grocery market has grown rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this expansion allows it to compete with the likes of Alibaba-backed BigBasket, Grofers, Amazon and Reliance Industries’ JioMart. Flipkart’s o...
04 March 2021
Amazon has launched a grocery store format in the UK operating under the Amazon Fresh banner. The 2,500 sq ft store is located in Ealing, London. Amazon Fresh is the first convenience grocery store to offer Amazon’s Just Walk Out Technology, used in its US ‘Go’ format, outside of the US. Amazon plans to rollout the concept by opening additional stores in the Greater London area. Amazon ha...
03 March 2021
As part of their commitment to sustainability and zero carbon emissions, Walmart-owned Flipkart and Amazon have recently started to shift to electric vehicles for customer deliveries in India. Source: Amazon Stories India Flipkart targets transition to 100% electric vehicles in the next ten years Flipkart plans to have more than 25,000 electric vehicles by 2030.  It will be partnering with ...
26 February 2021
Earlier this year, we outlined five global trends that will shape the convenience channel this year and beyond. Below are some case studies to show how convenience retail and technology are connecting further. Edeka opens automated store in Germany Edeka has opened a 24/7 automated convenience store at Renningens train station. ‘E 24/7 Karow & Sommer’ stocks 300 SKUs items and will gra...
22 February 2021
During a year like no other, Ocado Group delivered a 33% year-on-year (YoY) increase in sales. 2020 saw the launch of the first international CFCs for Groupe Casino in France and Sobey’s in Canada. In 2021, seven partners will be live with Ocado’s technology with ten CFCs live worldwide. Ocado will continue to invest in the Ocado Smart Platform to attract new partners and find efficiencies. In...
18 February 2021
The pandemic has triggered the decline of the beauty market in 2020, but key suppliers such as Procter & Gamble and L’Oréal are now expecting growth to return, through their online sales. L’Oréal: ecommerce to aid return to growth of cosmetics Although the total sales of L’Oréal has dropped for the full year of 2020, APAC is the only region that reported growth during the year.  This is mai...