Innovation news

09 August 2019
Japanese railway firm JR East is set to open its first unstaffed, cashless NewDays convenience store at its Musashisakai Station in Tokyo, Japan. How will it work? There will be self-checkout counters for shoppers to scan product barcodes. Cash payments and age-restricted products will not be available. Like other unstaffed stores around the world, products at the NewDays store will be rest...
17 July 2019
Saha Group, which operates in consumer goods (Lawson convenience stores), fashion, textiles and services, will launch its first unmanned store in Thailand within three months. Technology-led store Saha’s first unmanned store under the banner “His & Her” is 100 sq m. It uses facial recognition, QR code reading and radio frequency identification technologies invested by the company. The store...
27 May 2019
VinMart, a leading retailer in Vietnam, has placed large posters displaying images of over 100 daily essential products on shelves to look like a supermarket in 20 locations. Shoppers can buy these products by scanning QR codes on their mobile phone and pay with the VinID app. Expanding to more locations These virtual stores are placed in dormitories, office buildings, schools and bus stops...
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...