Store of the future news

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...
11 January 2022
In November 2021, we visited Dublin to see some of the newest food-to-go stores and concepts.  Here are five of the must-see stores in Dublin that prove that Ireland remains best in class for food-to-go inspiration.  1. Centra, Miller’s Glen The new Centra store in Miller’s Glen, opened in November 2021, has a clear food-to-go focus, with a range of fresh hot and cold options, spanning a...
02 December 2021
Croatia’s Konzum, which is part of the Fortenova Group, has enabled shoppers to pay with nine different cryptocurrencies through its online stores. Solution enables shoppers to pay online with range of cryptocurrencies Konzum has allowed shoppers to pay with a range of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Dai, Ripple, Stellar, alongside stablecoins like Tether and ...
22 November 2021
Tops Market, Tops Superstore and Central Food Hall stores are now equipped with Temjai, an AI service robot, a first of its kind in Thailand supermarkets. Safe and fun shopping experience Using artificial intelligence (AI), the robot serves as an assistant to store staff to offer a new level of service. Stephane Coum, CEO of Central Food Retail Company Limited under Central Retail, said, “...
18 November 2021
As the Colruyt Group looks to regain share it has lost during the pandemic, the retailer has rolled out three innovative initiatives. Colruyt Group trials unstaffed store under Okay Direct banner Colruyt is trialling an unstaffed store under the Okay Direct banner in the centre of Ghent. The retailer said the 150 sq. m store, which stocks about 650 SKUs across both brands and private labels...