Innovation news

12 March 2019
A.S. Watson and L'Oréal's AI and AR firm ModiFace have launched a virtual makeup service. Technology driving online and offline integration L'Oréal continues to work with A.S. Watson to develop better beauty experiences for shoppers. Last year, the two businesses launched ColorLab by Watsons . Now, they have launched a new technology that allows shoppers to discover and test makeup ...
04 March 2019
VinMart, a leading retailer in Vietnam, is testing “Scan & Go” feature with a mobile application in 13 stores. Integration with VinID Shoppers need to download the VinID app and be a member to use the new feature. Once the “Scan & Go” feature is selected, shoppers can scan the barcode in the store and see the product information and prices in their electronic cart. Payment can be made upon ...
05 February 2019
FamilyMart has launched its first laundry-convenience store in the Sanchong District of New Taipei, Taiwan. A multipurpose convenience store FamilyMart's new laundry convenience store, which opened last month, operates approx. 140 sq m. The store is fitted with five all-in-one washer-dryers, a service support/payment counter, an area for daily consumables, cigarettes, and more. The retailer...
05 December 2018
7-Eleven is testing trial facial recognition payment at one of its stores in Tokyo this month. Testing facial recognition on a small scale 7-Eleven will open a pilot store in collaboration with NEC. The store will be approx. 10-20 sq m and will only serve NEC Group employees. To access the store, staff will need to preregister themselves. They will then be able to enter the store by scannin...
29 November 2018
We’ve identified the top five trends shaping the Asian retail market and influencing retailer strategy in 2019 and beyond. Nick Miles, our head of Asia-Pacific, discusses each one and reveals what it means for suppliers in the region. The top five trends Ultimate convenience Partnerships shaping the future of online Health and freshness at the heart Social sh...
30 October 2018
Guaranteed next day delivery of letters and parcels. 7-Eleven launches Speed-D express delivery Starting from today, you can get your mail delivered at more than 3,000 7-Eleven stores in Bangkok. The service is a joint venture between CP Group, Thailand’s largest grocery retailer and local delivery company Dynamic Logistics. Next day delivery is guaranteed for all packages that are recei...
17 October 2018
Singapore online concierge service opens innovative bricks-and-mortar marketplace. Supermarket, restaurant and retail experience in one location Launched this week, Habitat by honestbee is the online concierge’s first entry into offline grocery retail. Occupying 60,000 sq ft, the store at Pasir Panjang contains a supermarket with more than 20,000 Asian and global flavours and ingredients. ...
16 October 2018
Partnership with BingoBox, a well-known Chinese unstaffed store operator. Two stores opened as trial Following on from recent trials in Indonesia and India , the unmanned store has now entered the Malaysian market. A Malaysian startup, Scientific Retail Sdn. Bhd., has partnered with e-wallet provider Boost and BingoBox, who runs over 400 unmanned stores in China. The innovativ...
19 September 2018
Groceries delivered directly to shoppers’ homes. Making use of QR technology JD Indonesia has launched a grocery delivery service that allows train commuters to shop for groceries whilst on the way home. JDVirtual, the new service, is now available at selected Commuter Line train stations in Jakarta. Commuters can order food, beverages as well as other everyday groceries by scanning a QR...
11 September 2018
Launched last April, Walmart's 'Scan & Go' mini-program on WeChat has reached more than 10 million users in China. What is 'Scan & Go'? It is a mini-program on WeChat, which enables shoppers to scan items as they shop and make payment on their mobile phones. It is available in nearly 300 Walmart stores in more than 50 cities. By the end of the year, it is expected to be available in more th...