Latest market figures from Nielsen show that supermarket sales were at their best for three years in the four weeks to August 13. The 0.9% uplift due to hot weather and the Rio Olympics combined is the biggest increase since March 2015, and noted that the figures would have been even better if it were not for the grocery price war. Items such as mineral water, sparkling wine and fresh burgers contributed towards the increase.
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Wearable technology in retail
Bank of America subsidiary MBNA has produced research into what retailers should be doing to prepare for a ‘wearable payments explosion’. 72% of consumers believe wearables are the future of in-store shopping, according to a survey from Vista Retail Support . Android and Fitbit are soon to be introducing payments to their fitness bands. Wearables that make contactless payments are set to be big in the next few years. (more…)
We are just recovering from an incredible week at IMHX which took place at the NEC Birmingham from 13th -16th September 2016. There were around 400 exhibitors displaying the latest cutting edge technologies and industry solutions across five halls at the Midlands-based arena – including us! There were some fantastic stands with coffee bars, fun games, f1 cars and amazing demonstrations. (more…)
Google has created a store experience at a location in London called the Retail Agility Challenge – an initiative designed to promote its technology to retailers. A mock store experience was used to showcase its App for Work technology, which is used by AllSaints and Ocado. It does not process any transactions but demonstrates scenarios where retail employees could use Google’s technology to overcome day-to-day operational challenges. (more…)
A study published by RetailMeNot has found that a significant proportion of UK retailers are struggling to integrate Omni channel sales with more than 92% of large retailers now trading online. (more…)
IMHX 2016 is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 13th-16th September. On our stand (9A63) we will be showing our complete Accord® ERP Supply Chain solution and our market leading Accord Voice WMS. (more…)
Omni Chanel offers new order delivery and fulfilment options to provide customers with a seamless and hassle-free shopping experience. Options such as deliver to home and return-to-store; order online and pickup in-store; and even providing anytime, anywhere access to inventory availability all are on the increase.
A new report suggests retailers could cut food waster, improve animal welfare and boost profits by harnessing the power of big data. The report warned that the world needs to adopt a food system to feed future populations, with technology and data set to play an important role in boosting crop yields and livestock productivity.
A pilot scheme is to be launched in London allowing delivery robots to deliver top up groceries. Starship technologies have entered a partnership scheme with the local authority in Greenwich to start using the robots. The programme aims to demonstrate “how easily the friendly curb-side robots can integrate into human life” (more…)