Joachim Pinhammer

Joachim Pinhammer

Joachim Pinhammer supports retail and technology companies with consulting and marketing expertise. He was Senior Analyst and Research Director Retail Technology at the London-based analyst group Planet Retail. Prior to that, he was the global marketing director for the retail division of Wincor Nixdorf (now Diebold Nixdorf). Joachim Pinhammer is a regular speaker at events organised by Messe Düsseldorf (EuroShop and EuroCIS), the EHI and further industry conferences. His reports are regularly published by trade magazines and online retail industry media.
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Walmart Canada combats out-of-stocks with Focal computer vision

Walmart is rolling out an AI-based out-of-stocks prevention system from Focal Systems in Canada. The US-based start-up's solution analyses camera images to alert employees to existing or imminent out-of-stock situations.

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GS1 Germany finds first FMCG partner for Digital Link

GS1 Germany is testing the opportunities of its new 2D code Digital Link together with start-up Jake's Beverages. The QR code printed on the packaging offers consumers access to product information and transparency for participants in the supply chain.

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Rewe distributes leaflets via WhatsApp

Rewe is the first German grocery retail company sending leaflets via WhatsApp. Nationwide, customers can receive special offers of their favourite Rewe store every Sunday via the messenger. Meta business partner 360dialog has delivered the technical implementation.

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Retailers continue to rely on self-checkouts

The market for self-checkout systems is growing by 11 percent worldwide, according to market research company RBR. Biggest growth driver is the Asia-Pacific region. NCR remains the undisputed market leader, but Chinese vendors are catching up.

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Spar International gains customer insights with VisionR

Spar International signs partnership agreement with VisionR. The Irish start-up is to bring its AI-based customer insights solution to Spar retailers in 48 countries.

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Family Mart automates refrigerated shelves with Telexistence robots

Family Mart is equipping 300 stores with Telexistence robots to restock refrigerated shelves with drinks. This is expected to reduce workload by 20 percent.

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Aldi Nord pilots Tomra innovations

Aldi Nord is testing two innovative reverse vending systems from Norwegian specialist Tomra. Its system R1 allows customers to put up to 100 PET bottles or cans into the device at once. In the checkout-free Shop & Go store in Utrecht, the discounter is testing direct transfer of the deposit amount into the Aldi app.

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Second Tesco store with Trigo technology to become a hybrid

Tesco will soon open a second store with Trigo EasyOut technology in London. The shop in Chiswell Street will follow a hybrid concept. Customers will be able to pay at self-checkout as an alternative.

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Sephora optimises prices with Competera

Sephora will rely on Competera Software for the optimisation of its pricing. The perfumery operator is initially implementing the pricing solution in nine countries. This is the prelude to a comprehensive realignment of the company's IT infrastructure.

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Amazon introduces improved Dash Cart

Amazon announced an improved version of its smart shopping trolley Dash Cart. The new generation holds more items, is lighter and can also be used outdoors. It has first been introduced at a Whole Foods store in Westford, Massachusetts.

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