The world’s first startup supermarket, KaDeTe, will open its doors in Berlin next month. The physical marketplace will give young brands and companies an opportunity to engage consumers and buyers.
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Beer will become data to AB InBev: the world’s largest beer brewery group is acquiring companies to gain insights into big data. The group wants to know everything about beer drinkers and their habits in order to keep growing.
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German supermarket chain Rewe has asked its customers how little sugar they can bear. It aims to lower its private label’s sugar levels, but the consumer will decide by how much.
Amazon has filed a patent to turn Echo Look into a virtual fitting room. Its speech-powered camera will use augmented reality to help customers virtually try on clothing.
McKinsey wrote in its The State of Fashion 2018 study that the industry has survived the harshest, even though nothing will ever be as it used to be. Growth will come from southern and eastern regions; fast-fashion will become even faster and the large companies will become even larger.
Online luxury retailer Yoox has launched a new type of YouTube ad: the flash offers are only valid for fifteen seconds. If you do not click during the ad, you are too late. The ad campaign will run until mid December.
Russian chain Lenta employed seven robots in its Moscow-based supermarkets. The Promobots will greet the returning customers by name, show new products and help with discounts.
Saturn customers can use their own VR goggles to see products in two virtual environments. It is not yet possible to actually buy something in VR however.
Carrefour Market is going to display customer ratings for some two hundred items in its physical stores, featuring a short text from the customer and a star-based rating. The chain will implement this feature in its home territory, France, first.
Dutch-Belgian supermarket group Ahold Delhaize has announced that it hopes to launch its first AH To Go stores without a cash register next year. That would be a lot sooner than what Albert Heijn’s CEO, Wouter Kolk, predicted several months ago.
French supermarket company Carrefour has displayed several innovations, focused on time-saving services, it will implement in France soon.
Store companies need support now more than ever, to survive in a rapidly-changing world. Retailers, manufacturers and suppliers all combine their skills in the Home of Retail to create the shopping experience of the future.
For the United Kingdom territory, research firm IRI calculated that price wars lead to a smaller product range, fewer product launches, smaller innovation budgets and lower turnover.