Store of the future news

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...
05 May 2021
Sobeys has launched a new look and feel for its core Sobeys supermarket format in the Legacy neighbourhood, located in south-east Calgary. We look inside this new store. Cleaner look, sharper lines This new store is the first from Sobeys to feature this updated look and feel. While several elements are retained from the original Sobeys concept, new signposting has been introduced for fresh ...
04 May 2021
In the last few weeks we have seen both Coles and Woolworths announce new AI-enabled solutions that it hopes will make stores both more efficient and better to shop. Coles to automate fresh produce replenishment Coles has partnered with Relex Solutions to replace its manual fresh produce ordering system with a new cloud-based AI platform. The new technology will help Coles maintain and impr...
21 April 2021
We look inside the first Shell Café concept located along the A16 motorway in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Netherlands. Our view Fuel remains the primary mission at forecourts, but a relevant food offer can convert ‘just for fuel’ missions to more regular in-store purchases. In Europe, for example, coffee is a very important mission, often an everyday routine purchase, so getting this right is vita...
16 April 2021
Walmart is partnering with Texas-based French bakery and café chain, la Madeleine, to test a new Express prototype at stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. 10 pilot locations to open The partnership will see 10 test la Madeleine Express locations open with Walmart Supercenters, its hypermarket format. The first is expected to launch in Garland this July, with the remainder opening in the ...
12 April 2021
FamilyMart has opened several new convenience stores in Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan. We explain why each one is significant and what can be learned from FamilyMart. The first FamilyMart drive-through in Malaysia The pilot drive-through store is located at Berkeley Uptown, Klang, Selangor. Products such as oden (skewers of assorted items such as fish ball and tofu), bento, ice cream ...