Innovation news

22 November 2019
The new concept is being tested in Quincy, Mass at its Retail Business Services' offices. Seamless experience The concept is around 300 sq ft and is called Lunchbox. The frictionless technology allows registered shoppers to scan in, shop and walk out, and offers fresh, healthy options which are available 24/7. This builds on a variety of experimental concepts that Ahold Delhaize has been te...
21 November 2019
Loblaw is extending the range of products that it offers online through the development of an online marketplace. Extended range and supplier partnerships Through this new marketplace, Loblaw will offer an extended range of brands and products across baby, toy, home, kitchen and pet categories. Although the retailer offers a broad general-merchandise offer through its hypermarkets, this wil...
13 November 2019
Loblaw becomes the latest retailer to partner with Takeoff Technologies to automate in-store grocery ecommerce picking. Adding capacity to the PC Express service Loblaw is investing in its PC Express grocery ecommerce service by building an automated picking facility within one of its stores in the Greater Toronto area. The partnership with Takeoff Technologies is expected to launch next ye...
11 November 2019
Retailers in Japan are exploring innovative ways to make shopping more convenient. Drone deliveries to support the elderly Lawson has teamed up with Rakuten to offer drone deliveries in Minamisoma. The town has many elderly residents who have difficulty getting around. The service will run for six months before the companies decide whether to make it permanently available. Nearly all of ...
08 November 2019
JD will open its largest offline store on Singles Day in Chongqing in western China. JD E-space will operate 50,000 sq m The 50,000 sq m JD E-Space experience store will be powered by 5G technology. JD plans to enhance shopping by offering unique experiences, allowing customers to interact with the latest technologies, brand-experience zones and smart products from more than 1,000 brands in...
04 November 2019
The duty-free arms of Shinsegae and Lotte have launched facial recognition payment technology at their stores in South Korea. After registration, Chinese customers can automatically settle payment by standing in front of a facial recognition camera, enabling shoppers to pay without cash, card, or a mobile phone. Shinsegae adds WeChat Pay facial recognition WeChat Pay facial recognition paym...
30 October 2019
Walmart and Green Dot are partnering to establish a new fintech accelerator, TailFin Labs, LLC, to develop innovative products, services and technologies that sit at the intersection of retail and consumer financial services. Integrating omnichannel retail and financial services This new initiative builds on the existing relationship between the two companies. Green Dot is the issuing bank ...
29 October 2019
Automated micro-fulfillment has emerged as one of the key trends in the US grocery ecommerce channel. We recently visited a site with Takeoff Technologies, the leading company in this space with multiple sites operational, to see its model in action. Range of fulfillment models The challenge of developing a profitable model for grocery ecommerce as it scales is underpinning much of the inno...
28 October 2019
Loblaw’s drugstore business, Shoppers Drug Mart, is partnering with SmileDirectClub, Inc. to test the company’s SmileShop concept. This will be piloted within two drugstores initially in the Ontario market. Lowering healthcare costs SmileDirectClub operates SmileShops in 300 locations in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. It expanded into Canada last year, with Smil...
28 October 2019
Loblaw has opened a new store-front, PC Express, in downtown Toronto where customers can pick up their online grocery orders. Over 700 pickup points across Canada Loblaw is the leading online grocery ecommerce retailer in Canada. Over the last few years it has developed a network of over 700 pickup points and launched an on-demand delivery service in partnership with Instacart. While most o...