last week’s most essential retail technology articles — Retail Technology Innovation Hub

These are the RTIH articles that caught your fancy last week, including Żabka Group, AiFi, DPD, Cartken, The Very Group, Getir UK, Deliveroo, Netto, and Imagr.

Żabka Group hits AiFi powered autonomous Nano stores milestone

Polish convenience giant Żabka Group has opened its 50th Żabka Nano checkout-free store.

These leverage AI powered computer vision technology created via cooperation with AiFi.

In a LinkedIn post, Patryk Powierża, Żabka Nano Growth, said: “BOOM! Store number 50 has been opened.”

“After about a year from opening the first autonomous outlet, we have reached the milestone of 50 stores.”

“That number strengthens our position as the biggest chain of autonomous stores in Europe. Easily you can estimate one week – now new store. It’s HUGE!”

DPD and Cartken make autonomous delivery robots move in Milton Keynes

DPD is to begin autonomous robot deliveries in two Milton Keynes neighborhoods, as part of a trial with Cartken.

The DPD branded robots, which will operate out of the firm’s Knowlhill depot, will navigate the city’s traffic-free Redway network to access the residential neighborhoods of Shenley Church End and Shenley Lodge.

Powered by AI technology, the robots are currently ‘learning’ the routes and will then be able to find their way to delivery addresses, fully autonomously.

Cartken’s tech is currently being used by Mitsubishi Electric in Japan, and Grubhub in the United States.

The Very Group appoints former Walmart Japan exec Lionel Desclée as Group CEO

The Very Group, operator of digital retailers Very and Littlewoods, has appointed retail veteran Lionel Desclée as Group CEO.

He will come onboard on September 19th. Current Group CEO Henry Birch will step down on September 24th after four and a half years in the role.

Desclée joins from McKinsey & Company, where he is a senior advisor.

He previously spent three years as President and CEO of Walmart in Japan, where he led a 35,000 strong team at Seiyu, the Japanese supermarket business.

Getir UK offers free Lurpak butter as shoppers fume over soaring prices

Rapid grocery delivery firm Getir is giving away free Lurpak butter in the UK.

The product has gone viral as Brits take to social media to reveal how much its price has risen in various supermarkets.

The obsession reached a peak this week, making mainstream media headlines aplenty, with a 1kg tube of Lurpak spotted for £9.35 by one person.

Getir shoppers can go on its app and get a free tube of the butter delivered straight to their door when they spend a minimum of £20.

The offer is available while stocks last, so you should probably get your skates on.

Here’s what happened in the retail technology space during June

RTIH takes a look back at an eventful month for the retail systems sector, including Shoptalk Europe 2022, Amazon, Primark, Walmart, Gopuff, Deliveroo, Ikea, Pinterest, and Apple.

Forrester report – current immersive shopping experiences are not the metaverse

A new Forrester report breaks down how consumers’ shopping experience will likely evolve in the metaverse over the next decade.

Shopping experiences aren’t happening in the metaverse yet, despite the buzz about retailers selling digital clothing on Roblox or offering non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

These moves offer immersive 3D experiences, but they do not allow consumers to travel or move between different environments.

Netto Imagr smart shopping cart trial hits five stores in Denmark

Netto is testing out a shopping cart from Imagr that scans items and handles payment, enabling shoppers to skip checkout queues.

This is now live at Kirkegårdsvej in Copenhagen, Kongelundsvej in Copenhagen, Runevej in Aarhus, Bybuen in Skovlunde and Virum.

The shopper’s smartphone is connected to the shopping cart via the Netto+ app. When the cart is filled with goods, these are automatically registered with the user receiving a digital receipt.

The trial is set to run until July.

Deliveroo teams with Criteo for new advertising platform

Deliveroo has announced the launch of a new advertising platform, Deliveroo Media and E-commerce.

The rapid delivery firm is working on this offering with Criteo who are supplying the advertising technology and media sales services.

Brands will be able to advertise to Deliveroo customers with relevant offers across its app, on the company’s website and as part of social media, email and push notification campaigns.

For the first time, advertising is planned for Deliveroo’s order tracker page, with new formats to launch over the coming months, alongside sponsored search listings.

The venture’s network of delivery only ‘Editions’ kitchens and rapid grocery delivery ‘HOP’ stores are also part of the new advertising proposition.

Evri and Zedify announce Bristol based sustainable last mile delivery trial

Evri is trialling a delivery solution with Zedify, using pedal powered electric vehicles such as cargo bikes, as part of the company’s sustainable last mile strategy.

This is taking place in Bristol.

Check out the most read RTIH retail technology articles of 2022 so far

As we cross the halfway point of 2022, here’s a look at our most popular retail systems articles during the first six months of the year, including Thought, Clekt, AiFi, Currys, Bolt’s Ryan Breslow, Carrefour, Majid Al Futtaim, and the 2022 RTIH Innovation Awards.

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