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The ‘last mile’ has become an increasingly competitive place, as the food industry and disruptors continue to create solutions that make online shopping even more convenient. In this report we’ve identified numerous examples from around the world of last mile solutions that help online shoppers embrace this convenience.
Amazon has launched an online platform, Amazon Live, that allows sellers to live-stream videos showcasing their products.
Walmart’s Store No. 8 incubator has announced the launch of its second portfolio company, Spatial&. It will focus on the opportunities to create virtual reality commerce (V-commerce) experiences.
As part of celebrations to mark RNF’s 10th anniversary and the launch of its white-label app offering BEAM COMMERCE RNF is giving away four, fully-branded ordering apps for free.

We look at the UK online market, retailers' ecommerce strategies and the opportunities for manufacturers.

Included in the report:

  • Essential information on UK online shoppers
  • UK online and channel sales forecast
  • Emerging trends in the UK online market e.g. personalisation and within the hour delivery
  • Retailers' strategies: Tesco, Asda, Ocado, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and Amazon
  • Future developments e.g. meal planners, frictionless shopping and social commerce 
In spring 2019, Ahold Delhaize-owned Stop & Shop will introduce autonomous grocery delivery to Boston, Massachusetts.
Waitrose & Partners customers are able to have freshly-made sushi delivered to them within two hours.

We review Alibaba's current performance, its growth forecasts for the next five years, plus progress against key strategic objectives.

Included in this report:

  • Alibaba’s wider economy: Tmall, Taobao,, Alipay and on-demand services
  • Five year forecasts for Alibaba and Lazada
  • Strategic priorities: New Retail, partnerships and innovation
We’ve picked five new concept stores that are tech-laden, data-driven, delivery-oriented and ultimately integrating online and offline shopping in China.
Amazon is piloting its own delivery robot with Amazon Scout. The devices will deliver packages to customers in a neighbourhood in Snohomish County, Washington.