Store of the future news

20 January 2021
Asda is trialling a vegan butcher counter with vegan concept creator, Kbox Global, called Veelicious, in its Watford store. We visited during the counter’s opening week to see how Asda was positioning the offer and activate it for shoppers, as it looks to benefit from growing interest in veganism. Inspiration during Veganuary Coinciding with Veganuary, the counter launched on 11 January, an...
16 January 2021
Reliance Retail will depart from its previous strategy of directly selling packaged grocery products.  Instead, its e-commerce platform JioMart will soon use Kirana stores as franchise partners to deliver non-perishable grocery items in India.  Kiranas will be leveraged for non-perishable items; Reliance Retail will fulfill perishable goods JioMart will utilise the existing inventory of the...
15 January 2021
Driving online profitability, creating safe shopping spaces, and bringing the out-of-home experience in-home are among the key trends expected to shape global retail in 2021, according to new predictions from IGD. Following a disruptive 2020, five trends stand out as areas for businesses to focus on this year: 1. System upgrade: digitally enhancing operations What we expect in 2021: ...
11 January 2021
Mexican business FEMSA, which owns the OXXO convenience store chain, are trialling autonomous convenience stores in Mexico. The small-sized units are designed to serve customers in hospitals, apartment complexes and offices. FEMSA has launched two stores in the format, which it has named OXXO Smart. Source: FEMSA Key characteristics of OXXO Smart The stores are fully autonomous (r...
17 December 2020
Update: IGD Store of the Month, January 2021 Gridserve has been voted our store of the month for January.  Retail Analysis subscribers can watch the video here Gridserve first look Earlier this month, the world’s first solely electric forecourt opened in Braintree, UK .  The site is a prototype for up to 100 locations to be built by Gridserve across the UK over the next ...
24 November 2020
On November 5 Walmart Mexico (Walmex) opened the first store under its Walmart Express banner. Following our in-depth look at the strategy and expansion plans for the new banner, we now take a closer look at the pilot store and its new features. Source: Walmex Refreshed design and layout The store’s design has been modernised. New signage, with large lettering and colourful imag...
08 October 2020
Yesterday, Coop Sverige opened a new concept flagship store in Hagastaden, Stockholm. According to the retailer, 'new technology will meet local food crafts’ . Highlights: Restaurant and bistro, local, ‘Vegorum’ and technology Following the launch, we were fortunate enough to receive photos and videos of the new concept. We bring you the highlights here. Key features include: ...
18 September 2020
Following the launch of the first Walmart Health facility last year, Walmart has outlined plans to take the initiative to at least 22 locations by the end of next year. Targeting the Florida market The first Walmart Health facility opened in Dallas Georgia, followed by a further four locations in the state and one in Bentonville, Arkansas. This year, the retailer plans to open seven f...
17 September 2020
Walmart is introducing a team-based operating model at its US Supercenters following a successful initiative at Sam’s Club over the last 12 months and its launch at its Neighborhood Market stores earlier this year. Building small teams The new model sees Walmart create small teams of associates who will be cross-trained and given ownership of all tasks within their area. This will include s...
11 September 2020
Amazon has opened its second Go Grocery store in Redmond, Washington, as reported by GeekWire. Second large format Go store Amazon Go Grocery was Amazon’s first large format grocery store. It launched in February 2020 and uses the same checkout-free technology as Amazon’s Go convenience format stores, which launched in 2018. With its Go Grocery stores, Amazon evolved its range and solved li...