Texas-based grocery retailer H-E-B piloted autonomous delivery near its Olmos Park, TX, supermarket with a self-driving vehicle named Newton, which can hold up to 32 orders of varying size.
Retailer Walmart expanded its fleet of Bossa Nova in-store bots from 50 to 350, taking time-intensive chores such as scanning shelves to look for out-of-stock items off of human employees’ hands.
Chinese ecommerce company Pinduoduo is building an AI-supported logistics data network to speed up deliveries, automating warehousing, optimizing route planning and improving parcel sorting. It includes systems specifically designed for online sales of fresh produce, and uses data analysis to reduce spoilage by helping farmers identify the optimal time to plant and harvest different fruits and when they should be packaged and shipped.
7FRESH, the premium offline supermarket owned by Chinese ecommerce company JD.com, uses data analytics to improve its inventory management, selecting the exact amount and assortment of SKUs for each location based on their unique needs, minimizing fresh produce waste. 7FRESH also leverages data to build consumer profiles, which they use to determine optimal store locations and layouts
By absorbing shopping elements like the help desk or the checkout lane, smart carts are transforming the grocery retail experience—without requiring reinvention of the entire store
Grocers are tailoring stores to shoppers’ offline and online grocery shopping preferences, orienting the experience around click-and-collect service while adding a layer of additional offers
From audio for the visually impaired to aid for autistic shoppers, these initiatives from grocery innovators are building diversity into the store experience
'Just Walk Out' grocery shopping takes another turn with this new smart cart, which tracks items and even suggests products based on position
By adding in-store eateries, these brands are transforming the shopping experience into something more engaging and community-based
Today's shoppers, especially those in urban areas, want a quicker yet still quality grocery store experience, and brands like Whole Foods are providing it
By eliminating or designing refillable packaging, these companies are making it easy for customers to cut down on single-use plastic without forgoing their favorite brands, making the world greener in the process
The Egyptian last-mile delivery service is filling a service gap in online delivery, helping link online shoppers directly to the closest grocers for their needs
This vegan-certified online grocery store is a new platform that allows food startups to get their products noticed by hungry consumers
From Tide's laundry service app to Samsung's remotely accessed fridge cams, some of the most popular brands are activating with value-added services and functionalities that serve consumers during their busy days