Zara’s remodeled flagship store in Stratford (London) welcomes customers with holograms, robot arms and iPad-powered employees. The store wants to unite the best of both the online and offline shopping world.
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British health chain Holland & Barrett (previously known in the Benelux as Essenza) plans to open completely vegan stores, a trend the chain needs to follow according to CEO Peter Aldis.
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European food retailers are refining their product range of private labels and are fully focused on added value. The goal is to improve their margins, to differentiate from the competition and to increase customer loyalty.
The world’s largest beer brewer, AB InBev, managed to develop a nutritious, fiber-rich breakfast drink, created from the dry grain leftovers from the beer manufacturing process. The entire product was developed in Louvain.
From now on, Amazon delivers orders to the trunk of your car. The retail and technology giant has given its Prime subscribers access to get packaged delivered to the trunk of their car, without any additional costs. The service is currently limited to the United States.
Beer giant AB InBev has introduced a new technique to become more environmentally friendly when brewing beer, which should lower its carbon emissions worldwide by 5 %. It will also share that technology with smaller breweries in the future.
Walmart has filed a patent to get drones to fly in stores. The American retail giant wants drones to help customers in its stores: shoppers can ask them for directions or to get something checked in the shelves.
For the first time it’s safe to say that the future of work is really fabricated by futuristic events. People will need to become just as versatile as AI technologies and blockchain applications. Are you ready?
SPACE10, furniture giant Ikea’s innovation lab, will present a healthy alternative to the classic hamburger, where the meat is replaced by red beets and mealworm. It is also working on a “dogless hotdog”;
Spanish fashion chain Zara, part of Inditex, will experiment with augmented reality in its windows, starting in April. The goal is to attract mainly younger customers to its stores again.
German online company Otto Group saw its turnover grow 10.9 % to 7.76 billion euro in the past fiscal year. The former mail order company will continue to invest in start-ups and technology.
Ikea, in collaboration with Accenture, presented its store formula of the future at the Mobile World Congress. It was remarkable to see that it is a small inner-city store with (obviously) a lot of technology.
In the store of the future, everything is connected and the cash register is doomed to disappear, but robots will not take over for now. That was the summary of the EuroCis retail technology convention in Düsseldorf.
Mastercard revealed several new payment technologies at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. One of these, called Retail Mirror, allows customers to pay in the fitting booth itself.
Supermarkets need to reinvent themselves, as shopping behaviour has moved online and the competition is changing drastically. The focus nowadays is not as much on products as it is on experience and more technology.
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.