🗂 Link: Experimenting with the UK’s first till-free grocery store

Take-up was as we had expected – at peak times better than we’d expected – and it’s clear that not all our customers are ready for a totally till-free store. Some customers preferred to pay with cash and card, which sometimes meant they were queuing to use the helpdesk, particularly at peak times of day. This is why we’ve added a manned till and two self-checkouts back into the store so those looking to pay by cash and card can do so quickly and conveniently. We want to be the most inclusive retailer where people love to work and shop, so it’s really important to us that our customers can pay how they want to…. We’ll take the learnings from this experiment to develop our technology even further to help make shopping easier and more convenient for all our customers.

Source: Experimenting with the UK’s first till-free grocery store

Link: Grocers Partner For Digital Growth

“Digital grocery is growing at a CAGR of 17% globally but remains less than 3% of the US retail grocery market,” making businesses cases for innovation near impossible. And, with margins averaging 1.62%, only the largest have cash to easily spare.
Original source: Grocers Partner For Digital Growth

Link: Walmart, IBM, and blockchaining the supply chain

A longer piece, including some alternative suggestions from Gartner:

‘When it comes to supply chains, Valdes believes that blockchains could play an important coordinating role. “If you have a fragmented business ecosystem, with many parties who don’t know each other but need to do business, then they could collaborate through a blockchain,” he says. But there’s a catch. “It’s a ‘boil the ocean’ problem,” he says, meaning that it’ll take fundamental shifts in an industry for adoption to take place. Optimistically, he says, it would take a decade for the industry to rearrange itself so that everyone was logging interactions on a blockchain.

‘Valdes argues that a company as dominant as Walmart doesn’t need its suppliers on a blockchain. It can simply ask its vendors to use whatever system it chooses. “They have been very successful because over the years they have built a robust system of record for their supply chain,” he says. “If you were a supplier to them, you would happily accept their centralized version of the truth.”’
Original source: Walmart, IBM, and blockchaining the supply chain

Link: Walmart’s Blockchain Program May Transform the Way We Use Data

Verifying claims (like organic) and tracking in the supply gain, but not explanation of how or how you trust the people who made the claims.
Original source: Walmart’s Blockchain Program May Transform the Way We Use Data

Link: Kroger is taking a direct shot at Amazon and Walmart and making checkout lanes obsolete – Business Insider

“In 2018, [Kroger] is rolling out a new service to 400 stores that will enable shoppers to scan and pay for their items without checkout lanes, registers, or cashiers.”
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