Technology news

26 February 2020
Amazon has opened its first large format grocery store with Just Walk Out technology in Seattle. The store is 7,700 square feet in the front of the house and 10,400 square feet overall, making it the largest use of Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology to date. Amazon Go Grocery In January 2018, Amazon opened its new Amazon Go concept in Seattle to the general public, marking the first checko...
24 February 2020
Woolworths Australia has announced that its first supermarket featuring automated picking technology will launch later this year, while it has extended its 2-hour Delivery Now service. First Takeoff Tech store to be located in south east Melbourne Woolworths announced its new partnership with Takeoff Technologies last year, with plans to roll out automated picking facilities into a number o...
20 February 2020
Lawson is launching a checkout-free convenience store that will allow shoppers to make purchases via a smartphone app. How does it work? The new store is located in a Fujitsu Ltd. office building in Kawasaki, Japan. It will open exclusively for Fujitsu employees on 26 th February. Lawson will monitor the stores' operations until the end of May before opening a similar store to the general ...
12 February 2020
Sainsbury's has begun offering discounted prices for Nectar card holders for the first time across a selection of products in-store and online. The move should help Sainsbury's reach out to price sensitive shoppers and also boost engagement with its recently relaunched loyalty scheme. Lower prices for limited time period The discounts will run from February 12th until March 3rd across a sel...
23 January 2020
Following an earlier announcement that it would open a Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC) in partnership with Ocado in the mid-Atlantic region, Kroger has confirmed that it will be developed in Frederick, Maryland. Six sites announced to date Opening in this location will enable Kroger to target the populous northeast region, including Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, with its gr...
21 January 2020
Google has launched a new feature with the purpose of making it easier to shop from search results. The retailer has also entered an agreement to acquire Pointy, a company that helps local retailers list their product inventory online. Updating Google Search experience Google has enhanced the shopping experience on its Google Search function on mobile. Previously, the retailer enabled shopp...
20 January 2020
It’s been almost two years since Amazon Go opened to the public in Seattle. We visited a recently opened store in New York to see how the format is evolving. Over the last two years, the network has grown to 24 stores across four cities, Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. The retailer has opened in a mix of locations, with a range of different footprints, typically 1,000 to 1,500 sq...
16 January 2020
We’ve been out at NRF’s Retail Show in New York, the largest retail technology event globally. Here’s our view on how the tech landscape is evolving. 1. Technology firms are focusing on helping retailers be better operators Given the scale of the event, technology providers covering the entire supply chain from distribution and logistics through to customer apps and shopper loyalty were pre...
12 January 2020
Speaking at the NRF Retail Show in New York, Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, outlined the trends shaping retail. Retailers must build their “tech intensity” The importance of data was a recurring theme in a keynote presentation by Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, to delegates in New York. Describing data as “the demand signal for the world,” he stated that it can help companies to understand...
29 November 2019
Ocado Retail has announced plans to open a sixth Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in Bristol. First mini-CFC Ocado Retail will open its first mini-CFC, located in Bristol at the end of 2020 or into early 2021. The facility will have the capacity for more than 30,000 orders per week. This compares to the 85,000 orders per week that is expected from Ocado’s fifth CFC that is currently being b...