Store of the future news

11 July 2021
Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) is working together with Reliance Retail in India to launch an in-store vending machine for its home care products.  This machine allows customers to refill any bottle with Surf Excel, Comfort and Vim, enabling lower plastic usage in the country. Customers can bring their own bottle or purchase a recyclable container from Reliance Smart Several suppliers fin...
07 July 2021
Canada's leading retailer, Loblaw, has opened its first Real Atlantic Superstore format in over a decade. We look at the concept which features the latest conventional neighbourhood model décor. Built for the future This is a new build store, located in a growing community within the Halifax Regional Municipality. It is expected to experience sustainable population growth for many years to ...
24 June 2021
Emart24 opens its first Malaysian store in Bangsar South. The location is well placed to meet the needs of young professionals working in the area.  Source: Emart24 Spacious and stylish interior Emart24 has a wide variety of products ranging from fresh Korean street food, snacks, lifestyle items, and cosmetics. It has promoted itself as being trendy, stylish and innovative, with ...
17 June 2021
The world in 2030 will look very different to today. The way people shop for their food and consumer goods is changing rapidly. Traditional store operating models are coming under significant strain. COVID-19 has both highlighted challenges and accelerated trends within our industry. We believe retailers and suppliers need to work harder to evolve store formats so they reflect these changes. I...
16 June 2021
Amazon announced it has opened a new Amazon Fresh store in Bellevue, Washington which will feature the retailer’s Just Walk Out technology. First full-size grocery store to feature the tech The new Amazon Fresh store is 25,000 sq ft. It is significantly larger than Amazon’s stores that have opened to date which feature the Just Walk Out technology. For example, its Amazon Go Grocery store t...
16 June 2021
Walmart is converting its Supercentre hypermarket in Terrace, BC to a cashier-free model, using different configurations of self-checkouts. US trial The store in Terrace has been selected due to its high self-checkout use. The store will be remodelled to feature traditional self-checkouts and larger self-checkouts for bigger baskets and carts, with store associates available to support cust...
07 June 2021
With unstaffed stores one of eight trends currently driving format development in North America, we look at how licensing deals could catapult their growth further. In our new report, 25 stores shaping the future of retail in North America , we’ve identified eight trends underpinning their development. While several stores have opened in the last 12 months reflecting these trends, we have...
24 May 2021
We look inside 7-Eleven’s x Heineken concept store in the Philippines, plus review what the retailer is doing in Singapore, Malaysia, USA and Denmark. Philippines: 7-Eleven x Heineken 7-Eleven Philippines has opened two-storey Heineken concept store in Quezon City. In addition to the typical products found at a 7-Eleven store, it features Heineken-branded posts, shelves and chillers, a walk...
24 May 2021
We look at Metro’s latest new store opening, operated by its franchise partners, Frédéric and Martin Thibeault. COVID-19 legacy The 31,425 sq ft store is the fifth to be operated by the Thibeault family and forms part of a broader commercial development being undertaken by the family. It will also incorporate one of Metro’s other key formats, a Jean Coutu health and beauty store. One of the...
07 May 2021
Rewe has opened a ‘grab-and-go’-focused store in Cologne, which uses technology from Israel-based computer vision company Trigo. Store to open initially to Rewe staff and loyalty cardholders Rewe and Trigo said the store, which is on Zeppelinstraße, close to Cologne’s Neumarkt, will only be open to the retailer’s employees and loyalty cardholders. The companies are planning for the store to...