Björn Weber

Björn Weber

Björn Weber has been a journalist, analyst and consultant specialising in the retail and consumer goods industry for over 20 years. Prior to founding Fourspot, which is publishing The Retail Optimiser, Björn Weber headed the international analyst group LZ Retailytics. Previously, he was Research Director Retail Technology and Head of Planet Retail in Germany. Before that, Björn Weber was editor for IT & logistics topics at Lebensmittel Zeitung for eight years. Björn Weber is a member of the jury of the Retail Technology Award (Reta Europe) of the EHI. He is a regular speaker at events of the EHI, the NRF, industry media and the Consumer Goods Forum.
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Aldi Süd installs ESLs from Hanshow

Aldi Süd has started to equip its stores in Germany with Electronic Shelf Labels (ESLs). Contrary to expectations, the discount market operator is not using labels specially developed for its requirements, but the standard slim labels of the Nebular series from Chinese manufacturer Hanshow.

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Aldi Nord to evaluate Trigo for stock control

This week, Aldi Nord entered a partnership with Trigo to jointly develop its Vision Recognition-based store technology. The aim is to combine the technology used in Aldi Nord's first scanning-free store in Utrecht with other software to automate store processes such as the detection of out-of-stocks. The partnership was preceded by an investment by Aldi Nord in Trigo, the amount…

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Self-scanning is progressing slowly in Germany

Numerous German retail companies offer their customers self-scanning via smartphone app or proprietary hand-held scanners. However, a study by the EHI Retail Institute shows that the offer is rarely taken up. At an event of Self-Checkout Initiative at the EHI Technology Days in Bonn this week, retail representatives discussed the topic controversially. Drugstore operator dm plans to launch self-scanning in…

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BayWa and CAS AG offer retailers joint transparency in sustainability

BayWa and CAS AG are jointly offering their sustainability platforms to companies in the retail sector as a comprehensive solution package. The partnership combines BayWa's Combayn platform for regional environmental and compensation offers with CAS AG's Sustain:Data solution for transparent sustainability data in companies.

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Lidl optimises stock with Relex in further countries

Lidl is committed to use the forecasting and replenishment software from Relex Solutions in 14 countries. The goal is transparency and flexibility throughout the entire supply chain. The advantages are increased availability of goods as well as reduced inventories and fewer out-of-stocks.

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Landgard provides transparency for trade partners with CAS AG

Landgard has created a user-friendly online information platform for its business partners in the plant and flower trade, which makes it much easier for them to work with the leading German producer cooperative for flowers and plants as well as fruit and vegetables. The consultants from Hamburg-based CAS AG are behind the technology used and the implementation of the project.

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Douglas optimises supplier integration with Bayard’s Byrd

Douglas is set to optimise its product content consistently across stores and e-commerce using Bayard's Byrd platform. This will enable Europe's leading platform for premium beauty & health to achieve its aim of making the quality management of its product content more efficient and completing listings faster

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Lidl modernises POS software with GK

It is the largest POS software project in Europe to date: Lidl has once again chosen GK and will roll-out the Cloud4Retail platform of the Schöneck specialists in all 30 countries over the next few years. The largest banner operation of the European retail sector is thus enabling to operate the checkouts in the cloud and is simplifying the development…

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Combating retail food waste with system

Every year, almost 500,000 tonnes of food waste are caused in the retail sector in Germany alone, according to the UN Food Waste Index Report from last year. This is not only bad for the industry's image – the commercial damage caused by food being written off without sale is also immense. The problem has been recognised in retail companies,…

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Aldi Nord opens checkout-free store in Utrecht with Trigo

Aldi Nord has opened its Trigo technology-equipped store in Utrecht, the Netherlands, to everyone. After Tesco, Rewe and Edeka's Netto, the discount store operator is the fourth European retail group to test shopping without scanning with the technology of the Israeli start-up in real-life use. Unlike Rewe and Netto, but like Tesco in London, Aldi Nord in Utrecht is not…

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