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These are the RTIH articles that caught your fancy last week, including Blockbuster, Carrefour, Procter & Gamble, Clarks US, Boxpark, Boots, Zapp, Asos, and Instacart.
Blockbuster back from the grave, linked with NFTs move
Blockbuster has returned to action. Well, sort of…
For millions, weekend nights in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s meant popping to their local Blockbuster and renting a film or three.
Then streaming happened and, yada yada yada, the company filed for bankruptcy in the US in 2010. Today, there is just one store left on the planet, in Oregon.
In July, its Twitter account tweeted for the first time in two years.
“We’re back from the grave …” it said, alongside a GIF of a zombie rising from the grave.
So, what could it all mean? Click here to find out more.
dunnhumby and VST launch Planogram Publisher following beta test
VST and dunnhumby have announced the launch of Planogram Publisher – software that makes retailer planogram data accessible to CPG brands.
Planogram data has become increasingly complex as retailers provide more differentiation by store, which means tracking what’s actually happening in stores has become almost impossible for brands.
Whilst brands would have previously made numerous store visits to photograph and analyse what’s in-store, the pandemic stopped this time-consuming and difficult process.
Planogram Publisher will make this data available across more than 3,500 UK stores.
Boxpark boss Roger Wade slams Boris Johnson for “Brexit lies”
Roger Wade, CEO and Founder at UK-based retail and food park firm Boxpark, has taken to LinkedIn to criticise PM Boris Johnson and his fellow Brexiteers for feeding the British public “a pack of lies”.
Wade was responding to an article, published in the Sunday Express, in which Johnson claimed that, as a result of leaving the EU, Britain has taken back control of its money and its borders and installed a points based system for immigration.
It has also taken back control of its laws, he stated.
Boots hooks up with MongoDB for first Innovation Station broadcast
The Tech At Boots team has showcased MongoDB in the first ever Innovation Station broadcast.
This is part of the Boots INNOVATE workspace, which launched recently in partnership with TCS at the retailer’s site in Nottingham.
Last week’s biggest retail technology plays at a glance
RTIH rounds up the stand out retail tech deals, deployments and pilots from the past seven days. Featuring Aldi Nord, Trigo, Co-op Starship Technologies, Amazon, Carrefour, Procter & Gamble, and Morrisons.
Carrefour and Procter & Gamble team up in the metaverse
Carrefour has partnered with Procter & Gamble for what is pitched as “the first joint retail/FMCG brand experience in the metaverse”.
This involves the latter’s Mr. Clean brand.
In a LinkedIn post, Elodie Perthuisot, Chief E Commerce, Digital Transformation and Data Officer & EXCOM member at Carrefour, said: “Thanks to their Lab, we are both offering Carrefour customers a marketing activation of a new style, between gamification, immersion, Web3, all with a Mr. Clean as you have never seen it before.”
She added: “This is a test to renew the classic advertisements and activations, create a link between the metaverse and e-commerce, and especially receive feedback from our customers to evolve this experience.”
Zapp Boutique offers premium and luxury brands rapid delivery service
On demand delivery firm Zapp has launched Zapp Boutique, making it the first company in the quick commerce space to stock Daylesford, Dr. Barbara Sturm, OnlyRoses, Lelo, Trudon and a number of other premium brands.
Customers will now be able to shop products from Antinori, Brindisa, Cipriani, Cîroc, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Fornasetti, Ginori 1735, La Roche-Posay, Lina Stores, Lelo, Moët & Chandon, Trudon, tonies and Vichy.
London-based high-end gifting brand OnlyRoses has joined the line-up of brands available on Zapp Boutique.
Its Infinite Rose Waldorf Crimson (£209.99) and Infinite Rose Champagne (£104.99) arrangements will be available for rapid delivery, 24/7.
Asos extends its Data Academy with EdTech firm Multiverse
EdTech startup, Multiverse, has partnered with Asos to extend the online retailer’s Data Academy and further develop data skills across its business.
Instacart Co-founder Apoorva Mehta set to exit stage left
Instacart Co-founder Apoorva Mehta will step down as Executive Chairman and transition off the board of directors once the grocery delivery unicorn goes public.
“Since I transitioned from CEO to Executive Chairman a year ago, I realised that I want to pursue a new mission and I want to do it with the same singular focus that I had while building Instacart,” Mehta said on Twitter.
“Stepping off the board will allow me to do just that.”
He added: “Instacart has an enormous opportunity ahead and I have confidence in the team’s ability to achieve its full potential. Onwards!”
Clarks rolls out TPP Retail Label IQ solution in US stores
Clarks US has appointed TPP Retail to replicate the roll-out of the specialist labelling solution introduced across its UK, Republic of Ireland and European stores.
TPP has deployed its Label IQ application across 114 US stores. Clarks can now print its full range of label formats to suit where they will be applied.
TPP’s solution, ensuring compliance with the different labelling laws across the States, runs on a Zebra TC21 mobile device paired with a ZD610 mobile printer and features a bespoke Clarks branded screen protector.