Technology news

20 June 2019
As Ahold Delhaize USA announces the roll out of same-day delivery and the opening of a tech office, we look at how the retailer and its banners is embedding solutions to help it win with shoppers. Stop & Shop extends reach of same-day pickup service Stop & Shop has announced the launch of same-day online pickup for shoppers at 20 stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Yo...
20 June 2019
We review Kroger’s first quarter results and the factors driving growth at the world’s second largest food retail business. Identical store sales behind expectations Kroger’s first quarter sales fell by 1.2% to $37.3bn, reflecting the divestment of its convenience business last year. Total sales, excluding fuel and the impact of selling the convenience store business, increased 2.0%. Identi...
11 June 2019
Online retailer Ocado has announced it has invested £17m in the vertical farming industry. Newly emerging industry Ocado has announced plans to expand into food production with two complementary investments into the newly emerging vertical farming industry. Vertical farming is the production of food in indoor facilities where crops are grown on a series of levels in a precisely-controlle...
07 June 2019
Amazon has announced it is set to launch its autonomous drone delivery service ‘within months’. 15 miles in less than 30 minutes Amazon’s drone delivery service, Prime Air, will deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes using drones that can fly up to 15 miles. According to Amazon, Prime Air will be rolled out to customers within months. It is not known yet whe...
05 June 2019
Amazon has announced it has rolled out free next-day delivery to more than ten million products for Prime members. Free one-day delivery ten times larger than original two-day offering Amazon first launched two-day delivery in 2005, with one million items available to ship using the service. In Q4 2018, the retailer announced that it had expanded same-day delivery and one-day delivery to mo...
05 June 2019
All businesses will need to sharpen their digital capabilities to prosper in this new digital environment…  Last week we visited the first Retail & Brand Experience World Congress in Barcelona. The Congress brought together some of the world’s leading experts from retailers and brands to discuss the impact of digital transformation on industry. During the three day event, there were 120 se...
05 June 2019
Reuters has reported comments from Carrefour’s blockchain program manager, Emmanuel Delerm, in which he highlights the benefits of blockchain on the sale of products tracked by the technology. Products tracked by blockchain sell faster According to the reports, Delerm said the sales of products tracked by blockchain, a list of 20 products that includes meat, milk and fruit, were boosted by ...
30 May 2019
Logistics company, DHL, is rolling out its DHL Africa eShop service to a further nine markets. Expansion of the service DHL launched its online shopping app, DHL Africa eShop in April 2019, initially available in 11 African markets. The logistics company has now expanded the app to nine additional markets: Tanzania, Cameroon, Mozambique, Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Gabon, Zambia and ...
30 May 2019
7-Eleven in Australia has launched a store in Richmond, Melbourne without checkouts. First store of its kind in Australia The store follows on from a trial of the concept in 7-Eleven's store on Exhibition Street in Melbourne, which ran alongside standard checkouts. However, this is Australia's first totally checkout-free store where shoppers use their smartphones to scan items and pay via a...
24 May 2019
John Lewis & Partners has announced it will trial a click and collect service in a number of Co-op food stores. Delivering convenience for customers The click and collect trial, part of John Lewis’ strategy to reach more customers, will initially be launched in Co-op’s Manchester Support Centre and will offer next-day click and collect for customers in areas with a smaller John Lewis store ...