Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn switching to electronic shelf labels

Dutch leading supermarket chain Albert Heijn, started rolling out electronic shelf labels (ESL’s) last week on a large scale in the stores that have the ‘Echt vers’ (real fresh) formula. "All stores with the newest store formula will be equipped with the new shelf labels. At the end of this year there will be around 150 ", said Anoesjka Aspeslagh to Distrifood magazine.

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The Rise of Electronic Shelf Labels

by Lottie Atkin

Electronic shelf labels refer to systems used by retailers to sell their products in stores. Typically, the display modules are attached to the front edge of retail shelving, and display the pricing and additional information of the product, such as sell by dates and nutritional value for food products, or product information for electronics. The concept dates all the way back to 1991, when Scandinavian based tech company Pricer was founded in Sweden. The first ever Pricer ESL system was installed in a Cash & Carry store in 1995. The modules use electronic paper or liquid crystal paper to display this information. A communication network allows the price display to be automatically updated whenever a product price is changed, and it is this what makes ESL a strong solution for modern retail. In order to operate properly, the wireless communication must have a reasonable range, speed, battery life and reliability, which can be based on radio, infrared or even visible light communication. 

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Albert Heijn's one-hour delivery test: what do consumers expect?

Leading Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn recently started a test offering one-hour deliveries. Offering this service seems a logical step for the supermarket, enabling them to meet new consumer shopping preferences while at the same time making use if the existing network of supermarkets. How do consumers feel about this service and will they use it? 

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Contagt Combines NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy For Indoor- Navigation

Mannheim, Germany: “World’s simplest Indoor-navigation” this is how Contagt describes its own Location based solution. The Mannheim-based Start-up, uses NFC-Bluetooth Hybrid Beacons to facilitate in-door navigation.

By activating NFC-Tags with their Smartphone, users are navigated through a building. “Because of the combination of NFC and Bluetooth, we can locate people with up to 1 meter precision, also in places where GPS satellite location is lacking.”

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Carrefour launches mobile app to guide you to your shopping list, literally!

Paris: French retail giant Carrefour has launched two new services that are trending and are designed to make the shopping experience at the hypermarkets more than just shopping.

The first one is the revolutionary C-ou mobile app which offers in-house geo location services with the help of low energy beacons of Bluetooth signals. Currently this new piece of technology is being tested at its flagship store Villeneuve La Garenne, northwest of Paris.

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Grocery Shopping in the 21st Century: Metro Intends to Introduce Emma’s Enkel Across Germany

Düsseldorf, Germany: Innovation knows no boundaries when it comes to shaping up the world we live in today. Food startups are popping up around the globe, with a certain more positive evolution in Germany, where Emma’s Enkel makes grocery shopping a breeze. Concept stores are no longer a novelty, and shopping with your smartphone using QR codes to have your online order delivered by your door later the same day is not unusual. Emma’s Enkel offers this possibility for grocery shopping, the Dusseldorf startup already being present in their native city and Essen.

With the help of a shopping app that connects users’ smartphones with the virtual stores belonging to Emma’s Enkel, the mom and pops shop model that takes grocery shopping to the 21st century, consumers are basically using the so called ‘dead’ times like when they are commuting back home, or waiting in line, to order all their food ingredients.


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Consumers Will Be Able to Receive Their Food Orders from Rewe Billa in Secure Lockboxes

Vienna, Austria: Food delivery is a somewhat thorny issue for supermarket chains, distributors and consumers alike. While anyone likes the idea of having their groceries delivered right at their door steps, no one is fond of the fact that they need to be at home when the distributor arrives.

Rewe, the owner of Billa supermarkets, has a better idea. It allows anyone ordering their food from supermarket chains located in Vienna and Linz, to have it delivered to their doors, but locked in a special box that ensures that the food will not become spoilt.

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Corte Ingles Creates New Facilities for Online Food Retailers and Customers with a New App

Madrid, Spain: Corte Ingles is the second player on the online food delivery market in Spain, with a turnover of 70 million Euros, still at a great distance from Mercadona that can brag about selling double this figure for the last year. However, this does not mean that Corte Ingles plans to just contemplate the advance Mercadona has; recently, Corte Ingles launched a new app that is aimed at making customers’ experience even better when they are shopping for groceries.

The app developed by the company does not resume to offering customers a linear supermarket experience in which you need to swipe to the left or right to get to the next item you want to purchase. Several categories are available, such as fresh, canned, homemade, beverages, and you only need to drag the items you want to purchase to your shopping cart.

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