THE STORE OF THE FUTURE IS COMING SOON
Urbx plans to build fully automated vertical grocery stores with robots, kiosks and absolutely no aisles. These grocery fulfillment centers would reach 150 feet in height and would fit “into as little as 1,800 square feet of space,” taking up less room in densely populated urban areas. Shoppers would order from kiosks, and fulfillment robots would deliver products in just a few minutes. Because of the cost to build these stores ($5M–$7M), Boston-based Urbx is still in the investment phase. What do you think of this vertical grocery store concept?
TOYS “R” US IS HEADING BACK TO BRICK-AND-MORTAR
WHP Global “has acquired a controlling interest in Tru Kids Inc.,” which is the parent company of Toys “R” Us and all related brands—and plans to bring the store back to brick-and-mortar by this year’s holiday season. This may sound familiar because Tru Kids did open a pair of Toys “R” Us locations in late 2019, but the pandemic had other plans. Both stores were closed and liquidated in 2020. New locations planned for this year may be “flagships, pop-ups, airport locations or mini-shops inside other retailers’ stores.”
BRANDS TEAM UP TO GET “BACK TO WELL” AT WALMART
Clorox Co., GlaxoSmithKline and Kimberly-Clark are bringing a wellness-focused initiative to Walmart in 2021. Shoppers who spend $25 on participating products at Walmart will get a $10 Fandango electronic gift card. This promotion goes beyond an incentive via “a series of engagement web pages” that provide education and health advice for things like “disinfecting surfaces with Clorox bleach, practicing healthy hygiene with Kleenex tissues, and supporting immune systems with supplements like Emergen-C.”