Technology news

20 October 2020
Ocado announced the acquisition of a minority stake in robotics startup Myrmex, and is due to take a seat on its board. Materials handling robotics Fremont, California-based Myrmex is a materials handling robotics start-up with a unique offering including autonomous mobile robots and intelligent asset handling systems. The startup’s set of solutions notably enables click-and-collect deliver...
12 October 2020
Amazon has launched its first custom electric delivery vehicle in the US in partnership with electric vehicle manufacturer, Rivian. Meanwhile, Asda has also launched a trial of a new form of electric assisted cargo bike. Amazon’s first custom electric delivery vehicle Amazon has launched the electric delivery vehicle as part of its Climate Pledge. The Climate Pledge was co-founded by Amazon...
24 September 2020
As Woolworths in Australia continues to drive digital innovation in its business through its X functions, we round up four of its latest developments... New digital, media and creative hub Woolworths will move its WooliesX and BigWX functions, media business cartology and creative agency Greenhouse, powered by M&C Saatchi, into a new building on Sydney's Elizabeth Street in Surrey Hills. Th...
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...
27 August 2020
Ocado has increased its stake in the UK vertical farm business, Jones Food Company, according to a report from The Telegraph. Meanwhile, Ocado’s CFO, Duncan Tatton-Brown is set to step down after eight years in the role.    Vertical farm investment   According to the report, Ocado has increased its share in Jones Food Company, which currently operates a vertical farm in Scunthorpe, to 7...
07 August 2020
At the end of July, Aldi Süd launched a global request for startups specialized in computer vision and sensor-based products monitoring technologies. This could contribute to the fast track of Aldi Sud’s technological evolution and enable it to catch up with competitors, especially Amazon. Looking for startups ready to test their solutions Like other recent projects launched by the di...
05 August 2020
M&S: latest shopping innovations New initiatives from the retailer include food-to-go vending, rolling out its checkout-free shopping app, and opening a "store for the new world". M&S also prepares for the Ocado switch-on in September. Trial for food-to-go vending Cherwell Valley is the first M&S site to trial a new vending solution for M&S's food-to-go, reports The Grocer. A second tria...
04 August 2020
Amazon has reportedly agreed to a deal to open more than 10 of its checkout-free Go stores, and is in holding talks for 20 more stores, according to reports from The Sunday Times. Just walk out technology Amazon Go launched in the US in January 2018, marking the first checkout-free, 'just walk out' store concept to be developed by a major retailer. The Amazon Go concept has since been rolle...
30 July 2020
Woolworths has rolled out its Scan&Go technology to its first store in Queensland. Service is linked to Woolworths Rewards The technology has been introduced to the Logan Hyperdome store, south of Brisbane and is now live in 19 Woolworths stores across Australia, 17 in NSW and ACT and one each in Victoria and Queensland. The service is available to Woolworths Reward loyalty members and allo...
29 July 2020
Amazon has announced the expansion of its robot delivery trial to Atlanta, Georgia and Franklin, Tennessee. Monday through Friday, during daylight hours Amazon began testing its delivery robots, called ‘Scout’, in Snohomish County, Washington, in early 2019 before  expanding to the Irvine area in Southern California , in August of last year. The fully electric, six-wheeled delivery robot...