Technology news

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...
07 May 2020
Casino France is accelerating its digital transformation. We look at the retailer’s strategy to create an innovative digital solution to enable it to offer shoppers a more personalised experience. Driving footfall, thanks to personalised and digital communication In France, one of the strongest drivers of in-store traffic are the weekly printed flyers, which highlight offers and promotions....
12 March 2020
Hospitality group, OTG, is partnering with Amazon for its ‘Just Walk Out’ technology. It will be deployed at its CIBO Express Gourmet Markets, a convenience store format developed for travel locations. Launching at Newark airport The first sites will go live on March 16 at Newark Liberty’s Terminal C airport, which serves the New York area. It will be followed by additional stores at Newark...
10 March 2020
Amazon is set to sell its cashier-less technology, used in its Go stores, to other retailers, as reported by Reuters. Just Walk Out Amazon launched a website for its new initiative, Just Walk Out, inviting retailers to inquire about the service and answering various questions. Just Walk Out enables retailers to leverage Amazon’s cashier-less technology in their stores, which the retailer...
02 March 2020
We visited the new Amazon Go Grocery format in Seattle, the retailer’s larger format store featuring its just walk-out technology which opened last week. Largest store to launch This new store format at 14,000 sq ft is significantly larger than the 24 Amazon Go stores which have opened to date. Most of these stores sit within the 1,000-2,000 sq ft range. This store adopts the fresh green an...
28 February 2020
Just Eat, the online food delivery company, will launch an aerial drone delivery trial in Ireland.  The company has partnered with drone delivery company Manna Drone Delivery for the trial which is set to take place in Dublin in March 2020.  How it works Manna claim to be the world’s first aviation-grade B2B drone delivery ‘as-a-service’ platform.  It will pilot its airborne logistics platf...