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Chef Central Booker

Tesco and Booker are moving smartly with Chef Central pilots

There seems a lot more to Chef Central than what was billed as a predominantly B2B offering aimed at caterers, says chief reporter Ian Quinn

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Iceland faces Welsh language protests at new Rhyl store

01 Aug 2018 | By Kevin White

The retailer said introducing Welsh signage would ’add complexity and cost to our operations’

Amazon checkout-free

Consumers 'unlikely' to use checkout-free tech, says report Subscription

19 Jul 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

But around a third would use technology such as a smartphone app to scan purchases

Trigo Vision

Trigo Vision gains $7m funding for checkout-free store system Subscription

12 Jul 2018 | By Steve Farrell

The $7m in funding, from Hetz Ventures and Vertex Ventures, is to be used to grow the research and development team…

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Morrisons trials reverse vending machines for plastic bottles

12 Jul 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Shoppers can receive 100 More points per bottle or donate 10p to charity

Central England Co-op

Central England Co-op introduces additional security measures

06 Jul 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The measures include increasing its provision of security guards in stores

TWG tea

TWG Tea: a luxurious take on your average cuppa Video Subscription

03 Jul 2018 | By Megan Tatum

Spread across two floors, the gleaming 7,000 sq ft space showcases all 800-plus loose teas in its range

Amazon Go

Tesco pilots first cashless store and Amazon Go-style payment Subscription

29 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco claims the pilot has shown cashless tills would slash the waiting time at the checkout in half

Eat 17

Eat 17 rolls out refillable stations in sustainability push

25 Jun 2018

Stations offer dried cereal, chickpeas, kidney beans, rice, gluten-free penne, chia seeds, dried lentils and goji berries

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Hisbe: a brave new model for food retailers in Brighton Video Subscription

20 Jun 2018 | By Angelina Mason

The city centre store has been reducing plastic and tackling food waste since long before it was fashionable

Chef Central Booker

Tesco and Booker are moving smartly with Chef Central pilots

18 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

There seems a lot more to Chef Central than what was billed as a predominantly B2B offering aimed at caterers, says chief reporter Ian Quinn

Chef Central Booker

Tesco expands trials of Chef Central bulk buy concept Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Retailer is also on track to relaunch 10,000 own label products by the end of 2018


Majestic Wine trials two new store concepts Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Woolfson

The wine retailer has given its Cheam store a new colour-coded layout and a ‘wine fitting’ station

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Selfridges tackles plastic waste with public water fountain

12 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The upmarket retailer has installed an ornate marble fountain outside the Duke Street entrance to its London store

Clayton Park Deli

The 'Ultra Urban' convenience concept is changing retail

09 Jun 2018 | By Steve Parfett

Innovative new retail concepts like Ancoats General Store and Clayton Park Deli are using food to go to appeal to a young, ultra urban crowd, says Steve Parfett

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Waitrose-Bupa partnership points to end of 'safe' concessions

07 Jun 2018 Updated: 07 Jun 2018 | By Andy Brian

Retailers will need to be increasingly brave with their use of in-store space to compete against the discounters and online rivals, says Andy Brian of Gordons law firm

coop italia store of the future

Coop Italia: the supermarket of the future? Subscription

06 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Stargazing is a mug’s game but Coop Italia’s vision is a pretty cool one

Sainsbury's Wandsworth Ben & Jerry's parlour

Sainsbury’s trials Ben & Jerry’s and Carte D’Or stands

04 Jun 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The retailer is trialling a Ben & Jerry’s parlour in three south London branches, as well as two Carte D’Or outlets in Hertfordshire and Surrey.

Costco released their latest financial results this week

Costco to roll out petrol stations to most of its locations Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Senior VP for Europe Steve Pappas said Costco UK was “developing plans for other locations”, but was “unable to give a time” on when they would open


Store spotlight: A Freshii take on healthy fast food in the UK Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Angelina Mason

First launched in Canada in 2005, the healthy fast food chain has plans to build a new ‘lifestyle brand’

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Sainsbury's self-service checkouts being updated and simplified Subscription

29 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Software will be modernised to make checkouts in all its 1,400 stores more straightforward for customers and employees



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