Technology news

17 June 2020
Aeon has been introducing its Everywhere Cash Register Regi Go service at some of its stores in Japan. The solution was launched in February, allowing shoppers to checkout more efficiently.   Available at 20 stores Currently, around 20 stores across AEON and AEON STYLE banners in Tokyo, Chiba and Kanagawa have made the service available. An increasing number of customers are seeking faster ...
17 June 2020
From its launch of a voice grocery service with Google to enabling shoppers to self-scanning via smartphone and the introduction of its online marketplace Carrefour is driving its online and digital innovation in France. Carrefour launches voice grocery shopping with Google Assistant As part of the partnership created by the two companies in June 2018, Carrefour is to launch a voice-activat...
16 June 2020
To understand how autonomous warehouses allowed JD.com to respond quickly to uncertainties and fluctuations in product availability and consumer demands during the COVID-19 crisis, IGD conducted a collaborative research project with JD.com. Extracts from the full report are shared here in this article. Technical advancements that enabled JD.com to respond quickly during COVID-19 JD.com’s ...
03 June 2020
Coles has launched a new online payment method inconjunction with its loyalty scheme partner Flybuys. A more seamless checkout experience Flypay is a new digital payment solution that allows shoppers to more seamlessly pay for their goods, but also ensure that they collect points at the same time. The payments system was co-developed by Coles and Bell Identification, a Visa business. Flypay...
02 June 2020
Co-op is rolling out robot deliveries to further communities across Milton Keynes and surrounding towns and villages in response to increased demand for convenient delivery services during coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.  The convenience retailer was the first to trial same-day autonomous robot deliveries in the UK when it teamed-up with Starship Technologies in April 2018 , extendin...
21 May 2020
Facebook has launched a new feature on Facebook and Instagram, Facebook Shops, to help small businesses sell online. Facebook Shops The new feature is available for businesses to set up an online store for customers to access on both social media platforms. It is free for businesses to create a store, and they are able to choose their own featured products and customise the look and feel of...
21 May 2020
The rapid growth in ecommerce penetration has been one of the defining features of the coronavirus pandemic. Faced with increasing demand, retailers have been looking at temporary and longer-term solutions to boost capacity.  We recently sat down with the co-founders of Takeoff Technologies, one of the leading firms in the online grocery hyperlocal, automated micro-fulfillment space. We discussed...
15 May 2020
Lidl Poland is planning to launch a new grocery ecommerce service. No launch date has been communicated yet, but it is expected to happen in 2020, with test phase start in the short term. Fully owned click and collect service Some details have been communicated to Polish trade magazine Wiadomosciosci Handlowe by Lidl Poland’s head of corporate communications, Aleksandra Robaszkiewicz, who s...
12 May 2020
Lidl and Kaufland’s parent company, Schwarz Group, is accelerating its digital development through a recent acquisition with software specialist Camao IDC, according to Lebensmittel Zeitun. Similar to Amazon Web Services, the group intends to launch its own cloud computing service for third party retailers. Strategic expansion of digital and technological capabilities With the acquisition o...
11 May 2020
Woolworths has launched a mobile app for its Rewards loyalty scheme. Bonus points and personalised offers Woolworths Rewards has over 12m members in Australia and members will now be able to download a smartphone app from either the Apple or Google Play Store. The app will allow members to activate bonus point offers, discover personalised special offers, as well as check their points balan...