Morrisons launches online delivery from stores

Morrisons has extended the reach of its home delivery service with the launch of direct deliveries from stores in North-East England. The new service will provide access to morrisons.com for around half a million shoppers, including the major population centres of Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Darlington. This a region currently beyond the reach of Ocado's fulfilment centres which provide the backbone of Morrisons online service. A successful launch here is likely to lead to the Read more [...]

Increase your funnel conversion by getting users Psych’d – by Darius Contractor

http://andrewchen.co/recent/ Have you ever wondered why people are bouncing from your nearly-frictionless onboarding flow? Why the same change can result in a lift on one page and cause drop-off on another? Or why people who find you via search bounce away after a few moments? Having spent years focused on building experiences that got millions of users sharing, onboarding and inviting their friends, I’ve learned 2 things: 1. Every element on the page adds or subtracts emotional energy 2. Read more [...]

Changing the Way We Choose a Partner for Digital Transformation

The traditional method for large enterprises to choose a partner is the RFP process. However, the process is usually very slow and can take 1 to 6 months in my experience. Digital Transformation needs a far quicker process. Many companies are starting to use POCs, conversations or “Conference Room Pilots” (CRPs) with all potential vendors in order to select the best vendor. This has many advantages: Speed You get to know the vendor’s team better and can assess whether they will be Read more [...]

Amazon Buys Whole Foods

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2017/06/23/amazon-buys-whole-foods-now-what-the-story-behind-the-story/#7e3030dee898 In a move that surprised many last week, Amazon announced its intention to purchase Whole Foods for $13.7B in cash.  Amazon had been dabbling with traditional brick-and-mortar activities for a few years already - from owning a few physical stores to running experiments like “Amazon Fresh” and “Amazon Go” (more on this later). When the news broke last week, critics Read more [...]

Best online grocery shopping 2016 UK

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/feature/internet/best-online-grocery-shopping-2016-uk-3636669/ There is quite a range of stores offering online groceries in the UK: Tesco Asda Sainsbury’s Ocado Waitrose Morrisons Iceland Amazon Pantry All have established services, and Poundland has entered the fray recently. The big hitters all feature developed sites that are well laid out and offer comprehensive ranges of fresh food, drinks, and household goods. Functionality is Read more [...]

Google – The Future of Cloud Conference in London – 3-4th May

Very interesting - especially Dan Nelson who is Head of Data at Ocado who is talking right now about how Ocado uses Google Cloud. Didn't realise Ocado have 1000 developers in the UK! You can stream as well using this link: https://cloudwebinars.withgoogle.com/events/next-live-emea-2017 The following is a typical Architecture diagram showing a solution built on Google Cloud.         The following is a Ocado's Architecture diagram showing thier solution Read more [...]

Ocado Share Price Jumps Eight per cent After Marks & Spencer Rumoured to be New Customer

Ocado's share price jumped by more than six per cent yesterday amid rumours that the firm will team up with Marks and Spencer to deliver food. Last week, M&S chief executive Steve Rowe confirmed that a team was investigating a food delivery trial for the autumn. Subsequently, reports emerged that Ocado was in line to partner with M&S when it moves into the delivery business. M&S has not confirmed the rumours. However, investors are clearly hoping that a deal with Ocado goes through; Read more [...]

Amazon Go – What Is It & How Does It Work?

Amazon Go is a brick-and-mortar grocery store The Seattle-based store will open to to the public in 2017 The store features 'Just Walk Out' tech and works with an app You can just walk in to Amazon Go, grab items, and leave There's no need to wait in line or even check-out at a register https://youtu.be/NrmMk1Myrxc Amazon has described Amazon Go as "a new kind of store with no checkout required". That means, when you shop at Amazon Go, you'll never have to wait in line. The Read more [...]

M&S to cut 60 clothing and home stores & 53 International Stores (2100 employees)

From BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37906466 Marks and Spencer has announced that over the next five years it will have 60 fewer clothing and home stores, of which 30 will close down. The rest will be turned into food stores and chief executive Steve Rowe also plans to open 200 new Simply Food shops as part of turnaround plans. The retailer said it would also exit 10 loss-making international markets. Its announcements came as M&S reported falling sales and profits in the six Read more [...]