Store of the future news

03 June 2022
Couche-Tard, Circle K’s parent company, is partnering with tech-company, Mashgin, to roll-out its touchless checkout system to more than 7,000 stores over the next three years. Eight times faster than traditional self-checkout Described by the company as a “Smart Checkout” system, Mashgin has developed an AI-powered self-checkout system which can improve customer checkout times by as much as...
01 June 2022
As part of its strategic priority to reinforce is position as a low-cost operator, US-based Dollar General has launched several pilot stores that are entirely self-checkout. Fast Track programme This forms part of wider range of initiatives centred on improving efficiencies. Dollar General has not been immune from the cost headwinds which have been experienced across the industry, pressurisin...
20 May 2022
US-based Albertsons is partnering with Veeve Smart Carts to launch smart carts in around a dozen stores across the country. The retailer is aiming to develop a fast, contactless experience for its shoppers. Skipping traditional checkouts A growing number of retailers are piloting smart carts to offer a checkout-free shopping experience. Veeve Smart Carts enable shoppers to place their items...
04 May 2022
Marks & Spencer (M&S) launched an impressive new concept store in a former Debenhams department store site. The M&S ‘store of the future’ was opened on the Roaring Meg retail park in Stevenage on Thursday 28 April 2022. The 75,000 sq. ft M&S store overs two floors, with the food hall, women’s clothing and a beauty department on the ground floor and homeware, baby and kids wear, an opticians, a...
12 April 2022
Building on the launch of a new concept last year, USA-based, The Fresh Market, has opened a new store to showcase its premium retail credentials. Sensory experiences As with the new concept which launched in Greensboro last year, the store experience is based around two sensory elements. It has partnered with Roasting Plant Coffee to offer an exclusive "Just Roasted, Just Brewed, Just...
12 April 2022
We have visited the first permanent cashierless store in Spain, which was opened by locally based start-up Geniot, in Madrid in March. The pilot store relies on the APRE (Automatic Pilot Retail) system, which has been developed by Geniot, and enables the store to be open 24/7 with a minimal number of staff. The launch comes after the opening of a pop-up cashierless store from start-up Ghop and fo...
28 March 2022
FamilyMart continues to adapt its stores to meet food for later missions. Our view: magnification of minimarts Earlier this year, we highlighted five trends that will shape retail in Asia . The magnification of minimarts was one of them, and this is impacting the product mix of convenience stores across the region. FamilyMart is not only upgrading food and beverages in Taiwan, but also doi...
02 March 2022
Foxtrot, Choice Market and The Goods Mart operate fewer than 30 convenience stores combined in the U.S, a market that has almost 150,000 convenience stores. However, we believe all three businesses have innovations that can be applied globally. We round up what can be learned…   Foxtrot: digitally enabled convenience Chicago-based Foxtrot was founded by Mike LaVitola in 2013. It was origina...
30 January 2022
In the next phase of Walmart’s Supercenter development programme, the retailer has revealed a bold new look for its core hypermarket concept. We take a look inside this store and consider what it means for the wider business and its long-term strategy. Phase two: revolution  Following the launch of a new look Supercenter in 2020 , focused on wayfinding and integrating offline and onlin...
24 January 2022
Amazon Style will launch later this year with in-store technology enhancing and personalising the shopping experience. Advanced technology in-store Amazon’s first physical clothing store, Amazon Style, is set to open in Los Angeles later this year. According to Amazon, it will offer a “ seamless and elevated shopping experience” . The store will feature items from brands customers “know an...