For the first time, Belgian brewery group AB InBev is marketing beer in unlabelled bottles. Using a new technique, the logo and information such as ingredients are printed directly on the bottle. In this way, the brewer intends to easily personalise packaging.
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Portuguese supermarket chain Pingo Doce is testing Amazon Go's technology for a cashierless and cashless store - the first of the kind in Europe. The Go 24/7 machine in particular is "new to food retail", says managing director Isabel Ferreira Pinto.
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Danish brewery group Carlsberg has presented two types of paper bottles, which were developed by the Paper Bottle Company (Paboco). That joint venture's objective is to develop a fully recyclable paper bottle.
Ecover and AB InBev have joined forces: the manufacturer of environmentally friendly detergents is using residual alcohol (a waste product left over from the production of alcohol-free beer) as a raw material for a new detergent.
Amazon is currently in talks to make the technology behind its cashierless Go stores available to other parties, such as retailers in airports and cinemas.
Consulting firm McKinsey has opened an experimental store in the Mall of America, where retailers can test and analyse all kinds of technologies intended to transform the shopping experience.
Hema is experimenting with self-checkouts and online ordering from the shop floor: the chain of department stores has developed a 'shelf scanner', so that customers can scan their own products and pay for them using contactless payments.
Esprit has launched in Beijing with a completely new store concept. As part of this revival, the modem brand wants to make it clear that it is "back in the game". Photos can be found here. In the meantime, just five franchise stores have closed in the Netherlands.
Uncertainty about the right size keeps many consumers from ordering shoes and clothing online. It also causes a lot of unnecessary returns, so Zalando works on innovative solutions.
The 'gilets jaunes' and trade unionists have protested at the very first unmanned opening of a Casino Géant hypermarket in France. The hypermarket in Angers is usually staffed, but trials an 'autonomous' Sunday afternoon opening.
RetailDetail started as a small one-person blog in 2009. Ten years later, it is the leading community for retail and FMCG professionals in the Benelux, offering a wide range of products and experiences - from an online and a printed magazine over inspirational tours all over the world to a 'living retail lab' and a number of popular events.
Carrefour had planned to open an automated store in the centre of Brussels, but technical and logistical considerations made the French retailer shelve its plans.
River Island is launching Harpenne, a new fashion label that targets an older age range. The label will become available online in September and intends to "lend a voice to the forgotten consumer".
Austrian retail group Signa Retail (the owner of German department store chains Karstadt and Galeria Kaufhof) has founded a New Business branch, that should bring about more digital competences and innovation.
Tmall, the online platform for Western Alibaba brands, is updating the look of its virtual shops. The new concept, Flagship Store 2.0, offers more personalisation, brand experience and augmented reality.
Carrefour is rolling out two new online services. Within the domestic market of France, the supermarket group will start to offer home deliveries everywhere from 2020 onward. And this year, customers will already be able to pick up their orders within two hours.