Another ten big retail innovations in 2019
The impressive retail tech initiatives keep on coming in 2019. RTIH rounded up the ones that stood out from the crowd during the first few weeks of the year. We then ran a follow up piece. And now we bring you another 10 innovative players that should be on your radar. Look out for a further update in March.
1.) Kroger announces two more Ocado CFCs
The Kroger Co. has said that its next two Ocado e-commerce centres will be located in central Florida and the Mid-Atlantic regions, building on its first one in Cincinnati.
2.) Argos offers 12.01am Fast Track deliveries for Samsung S10 launch
Argos has created a special Fast Track delivery slot for customers keen to be the first to get their hands on the new Samsung S10 handset.
3.) Hyperledger showcases Walmart food traceability, safety efforts
Blockchain consortium Hyperledger has published a case study detailing how Walmart is “leading unparalleled transparency in the food supply chain”.
4.) JD.com and Rakuten in unmanned delivery solutions tie up
Chinese and Japanese e-commerce heavyweights JD.com and Rakuten have announced a partnership that will see the former’s drones and robots being used by the latter’s unmanned delivery service in Japan.
5.) Albertsons Companies announces major Microsoft tie up
Albertsons Companies is rolling out cloud solutions from Microsoft, including Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365.
6.) Adidas steps up Alibaba, Tmall cooperation
Adidas is tapping Alibaba Group’s Tmall marketplace for the global launch of its UltraBoost 19 running shoes.
7.) Accenture teams with Amazon, Mastercard on supply chain project
Professional services firm Accenture is working with a number of firms, including Mastercard and Amazon Web Services, to introduce a circular supply chain.
8.) Aspectiva joins Walmart Store N° 8 roster
Walmart has acquired Israeli-based natural language processing startup, Aspectiva, for an undisclosed sum.
9.) Pub offers beers in exchange for miles run
New Balance has opened its first ever pub, The Runaway, where the currency used is miles run and logged on Strava.
10.) Mixed Places wraps European retailer projects
Israeli AR/VR/cloud startup Mixed Place is looking to raise $7 million following projects with pan-European supermarket chain Billa and Belgium-based global grocery retailer Ahold Delhaize.