Aldi opens 700th store

(Author : Elias Jahshan)Aldi has just opened its 700th store in the UK, just weeks after it officially became the UK’s fifth-largest grocer. The German discount supermarket chain also confirmed have 1000 UK stores by 2022. The 700th store opened in Whitstable, Kent, and is one of the 70 stores the supermarket retailer plans to […]


Walmart’s app will now let Pharmacy and Money Services customers skip the line

(Author : Sarah Perez)Walmart is today rolling out an updated app that will allow those visiting the store’s Pharmacy or Money Services desk to skip having to wait in line, the company says. After entering their personal information in the app, customers can order prescription refills or fill out other necessary paperwork from their phone. When they arrive at […]


Japan’s Miniso readies Australia expansion

(Author : retail in asia)Japanese retail giant Miniso has plans to expand into up to 250 stores across Australia by 2020. The Tokyo-based retailer plans to open ten more stores in both Melbourne and Sydney by the end of this year, with another 60 stores expected to launch in 2018 across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland […]


Barneys opens mask bar with K-beauty expert Alicia Yoon

(Author : kate Dingwall)Barneys is pulling the curtain on its very first Mask Bar in its Madison Avenue and Downtown stores in New York. The in-store beauty bar will stock individual sheet masks from a selection of brands, like Dermova, Karuna, and Starskin, all curated by Korean skin care expert Alicia Yoon. Also stocked, Yoon’s Peach […]


Victoria’s Secret opens first China flagship

(Author : retail in asia)American lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret has opened its first full store in mainland China, a four-story, 25,850-square-foot flagship in Shanghai, with another to follow this week. The Ohio, Columbus-based brand opened the Shanghai store to the public on Thursday. Located in the city’s Huangpu district on Huaihai Road, the strip was once […]


Alibaba (Ant Financial) avance ses pions en Corée du Sud avec Kakao Pay

(Auteur :  Jeanne Dussueil)Le concentration des FinTech se poursuit en Asie, au profit du chinois Alibaba. Le géant a annoncé un investissement de 200 millions de dollars, au travers de sa filiale Ant Financial dans le nouveau projet FinTech du Coréen Kakao. D’un service de messagerie, KakaoTalk amorçait dès 2015 un tournant vers la banque en […]


Pizza Express launches chatbot for table bookings

(Author : Caroline Baldwin)Pizza Express has launched a Facebook Messenger chatbot, allowing customers to book a table at their local restaurant by having a conversation with AI technology. The pizza chain claims to be the first UK restaurant providing customers with this booking option. Customers using the social media channel can book a table without leaving […]


UK supermarket debuts delivery trucks fueled by food waste

(Author : Springwise)Waitrose, in partnership with CNG Fuels and Scania, have introduced 10 trucks that run on biomethane, which produces 70 percent less pollution than diesel. Waitrose’s 10 new delivery trucks are fueled by biomethane, a renewable fuel made from food waste. Supplied by CNG Fuels, the trucks are able to cover 500 miles without refueling, […]


Alibaba partners with Bailian Group

(Author : retail in asia)Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has formed a strategic partnership with retail conglomerate Bailian Group, extending a push into bricks-and-mortar retail as online growth slows. The move comes on the heels of a recent purchase of a stake in retailer Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd as well as plans to […]


Mobile Self-Payment Systems

(Author : Laura McQuarrie)Rebecca Minkoff’s Self-Checkout Solution is Powered by QueueHop. Affordable luxury fashion label and leader in digital innovation Rebecca Minkoff, recently launched a self-checkout system in its SoHo flagship store as of the first of December in 2016. The self-serve checkout experience has been completely redesigned with QueueHop, a “RFID-enabled apparel security tag that […]

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