Technology news

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...
23 July 2020
Woolworths in Australia is testing a new app that will allow customers to reduce the amount of time they need to queue at their supermarkets. See real time queue info and book a slot via your phone The app, known as Q Tracker, uses tech that was originally designed for smart car parks. It allows users to both see predictive information on the wait time of a queue at a store, as well as allo...
17 July 2020
A.S. Watson is introducing Watsons GO contactless payment system in Watsons stores in Hong Kong and Singapore. Digital initiatives accelerated by COVID-19 Watsons GO was recently launched in Hong Kong, allowing customers to scan the bar code of a product with the Watsons mobile app and pay for it directly through Alipay HK. Watsons GO payment system was originally scheduled for release at t...
15 July 2020
Amazon is launching a smart shopping cart, Amazon Dash Cart, in its grocery store in Woodland Hills, CA later this year. Amazon Dash Cart The grocery cart is designed to make the shopper experience quicker in store, allowing customers to skip the checkout queue. It uses a combination of computer vision algorithms and sensor fusion to identify items shoppers put in the cart. There will be...
14 July 2020
Ocado's retail revenue grew by 27.2% in the first half (26 weeks ended 31 st May), whilst Group revenue (Retail, Solutions and logistics) was £1,086.8m up 23.2%.  Unprecedented, sustained demand for UK online grocery Ocado has 639,000 active customers, which is a significant decrease of (14.1)% year-on-year (YoY), as it’s had to prioritise loyal and vulnerable shoppers. These customers are...
08 July 2020
Woolworths has announced that it is testing cashless stores, as well as plans to launch a dedicated B2B online platform. Metro stores switch to cashless payment Woolworths has revealed that 11 Metro stores across Sydney and Melbourne have been converted to accept cashless payments only. The move is designed to make shopping even more convenient and seamless, particularly for stores in trans...
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 ...