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Offline store

Here on Ecommerce News, we sometimes write about offline stores. Huh? Yeah, offline stores. This may be pop-up stores, which seems to get more and more popular every year, or pick-up points. We call these kinds of services offline stores, as they are offline, but still have a very clear link with all the ecommerce news we write about.

Auchan opens cashier-less Auchan Minute in Europe

Auchan Retail

The French supermarket chain Auchan will open its first cashier-less concept in Europe next month. In Villeneuve d’Asq, a commune in the Nord department in northern France, a fully automatic point of sale that can be operated via the smartphone will open its doors. Continue reading

Clas Ohlson closes shops in UK and Germany

Clas Ohlson

Swedish furniture and hardware store Clas Ohlson is changing its business model. The retailer becomes online only in the United Kingdom and Germany and thus shuts down all its physical stores. Well, not all, as the store in Reading will remain open. Continue reading

UK retailers lag in implementing AI

Artificial Intelligence in ecommere

Retailers in the United Kingdom are using artificial intelligence (AI) at a much slower pace than other industries in the country. Over half of UK retailers are still not using machine intelligence, while this share is much lower among financial services companies or manufacturers. Continue reading

‘Amazon Go comes to the UK’

Amazon Go, the checkout-free stores from Amazon, will roll out in the United Kingdom. The ecommerce giant hasn’t officially announced this, but there are several reports Amazon is looking for locations across the country to roll out the innovative grocery stores. Continue reading

MediaMarktSaturn tests checkout-free store in Austria

MediaMarktSaturn Group

MediaMarktSaturn will open a pilot store in Austria in which customers won’t have to wait in line to check out. The concept of the checkout-free store is similar to Amazon Go, but will work with a different technology. Continue reading

Amazon wants to open stores in Germany

In the future, Amazon wants to open physical stores in Germany, similar to the stores it opened in the United States. According to Ralf Kleber, VP Germany at Amazon.com, it’s not a question of whether, but when this will happen. Continue reading

M&S offers Dropit’s store-to-door delivery service

Marks & Spencer (M&S)

Marks & Spencer has collaborated with the British store-to-door delivery platform Dropit, which provides a courier service for shoppers in London’s West End. Now, customers from Marks & Spencer who don’t want to carry their bags home, instead can have them delivered at their place whenever they want. Continue reading

Swiss supermarket Migros lets consumers compare products in-store

Swiss supermarket Migros

Swiss supermarket chain Migros lets customers check and compare products on their mobile phone while they are in-store. With the new Discover function in the Migros app, consumers can scan products and see what other customers have to say about the articles. They can also consult nutritional and allergy information. Continue reading