Store of the future news

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...
15 November 2021
Valora has a multiformat strategy with eleven trading banners and more than 2,600 stores in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. We highlight the retailer’s latest innovations for inspiration. Sales is recovering in-line with easing of restrictions and mobility… Valora expects to return to pre-pandemic profitability within the next six months. Source: IGD R...
01 November 2021
We look inside the first Motor Fuel Group forecourt that features a Pret A Manger store. Full on-site Pret kitchen offering those that want a more premium experience Source: IGD Research With mobility recovering, the site will benefit from Pret’s brand-pull and strong food offer  MFG Southgate provides consumers access to Pret’s freshly made food and organic coffee when they...
27 October 2021
Reitan Convenience has made one of its 'largest investments ever' , by opening PBX , its sustainable convenience store of the future, in partnership with design agency Reactor AB . In launching the concept, the retailer hopes 'to set a new standard for ourselves and for our industry' . In this feature, we highlight ten sustainable innovations that make PBX stand out. Source: Re...
14 October 2021
Format innovation continues to be high on the agenda for regional retailers in the US as they aim to differentiate versus their larger, national competitors. On the path to the store of the future Over the last month, three new formats have launched in the US, with a focus on creating stores with destination status. With a goal of creating exciting and experiential formats, these stores ali...
13 October 2021
7–Eleven has signed a master franchise agreement with Electra Consumer Products Ltd. to develop and operate 7-Eleven stores in Israel.  7-Eleven confirms Israel market entry Speculation first emerged in November 2020, but the retailer has now signed an official agreement. 7-Eleven will support Electra to implement and localise the offer. The shopping experience, food-to-go and variety o...
21 September 2021
bp and Albert Heijn have reaffirmed their commitment to expand their partnership in the Netherlands. By the end of 2022, more than 100 petrol stations will have an AH to go The two businesses first partnered in 2016 and announced expansion plans in March 2020 , but progress has stalled because of the pandemic. The roll out will help boost bp’s food credentials, while enable Albert Heijn to...
16 September 2021
Leading UK convenience retailer Co-op has added a new format to its portfolio with the opening of its first 24-hour self-serve, cashless Micro Market. Located at the head office of British cleaning appliances manufacturer Numatic, the outlet offers the 1,000 staff access to Co-op own-label products such as food-to-go meal deals, breakfast items, milk, bread, ready meals as well drinks on the g...
13 September 2021
Our latest research provides recommendations on how you should prepare for energy transition in convenience retail. Available to IGD Retail Analysis subscribers: The future for forecourts in Europe Below are some of the key highlights… Looking for more insight? Retail Analysis subscribers can read more here: Your guide to convenience...