Openness is the new standard

Retail companies aim to test innovations faster in unvarnished real-world use. What they expect from their core technology suppliers is: more openness. Preferably in the style of Apple and Google's app policy, they should enable start-ups to develop on their platforms and provide add-ons. A wish that does not go unheard.


Reta Award 2021: These are the best retail technology projects

A nine-member independent jury has selected this year's winners of the Reta Awards on behalf of the EHI Retail Institute. Winners in five categories include retail companies such as E.Leclerc, Edeka, Fressnapf, Ikea, Rewe, Salling Group and Tegut.


French product scanner app Yuka comes to Germany

Consumers want more transparency. Product scanner apps for shoppers' smartphones are booming. However, the evaluation of a product can only be as good as the quality of the data set available in the app. It is worth taking a look at the cooperation between the French pioneers Alkemics and Yuka.


Electronic shelf labels need more use cases

Tests in some stores and even framework agreements with technology suppliers are not yet proof that electronic labels will soon be seen in all stores. Retailers will only achieve a rapid ROI if they use the labels to react more dynamically to market developments with intelligent price optimisation solutions, to optimise in-store processes or to offer customers significant additional benefits.


Asda trials impact of technologies on shopping experience

We are delighted that the Retail Optimiser has been able to accompany the internationally highly valued retail expert Bryan Roberts on a store check at Asda in Stevenage, UK, and share his personal insights.


Retailers speed up Nutri-Score deployment in Germany

Nutri-Score based on the French model comes to Germany. The commitment of major German retailers to use the nutritional label on their private-label products increases the pressure on brand manufacturers. In France, retail primus E.Leclerc is a pioneer.


How Rimi Baltic brings the customer dimension into its pricing

In less than a year, Rimi Baltic, a grocery retailer belonging to the Swedish ICA Group, has switched its pricing to the optimisation solution from Revionics, a pricing specialist recently acquired by Aptos. This has increased sales of its 280 stores in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.


Learning from the French when Amazon comes

Whether they like it or not: German grocery retailers cannot avoid e-commerce. Amazon is not letting up. For the likes of Edeka, Rewe and Schwarz Group, it is worth looking at the French market. Through innovative concepts and investments into technology, companies such as Groupe Casino and E.Leclerc are confidently securing their business against Amazon.


How consumers are driving retail transformations: “More data, please!”

French retailers go innovative ways to tackle consumers' request for more product data, reports our guest author Antoine Durieux, CEO of Alkemics.

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