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72 Grocery Store Innovations

From Shopping Survey Tablets to Waste-Free Grocer Concepts

— July 3, 2015 — Business
These ingenious grocery store innovations are gradually turning a boring weekly task into an immersive retail experience. Whether you have noticed or not, many supermarket chains have begun experimenting with new technology and innovative retail designs in order to enhance your grocery shopping experience. From high-tech checkouts to interactive food displays, many grocers have sought to bring their stores into the modern era.

Once of the most interesting grocery store innovations has been the rise of niche and consumer-specific stores. Grocers have recognized that consumers are becoming more and more specific about the kinds of foods they are buying, meaning they don't necessarily need to visit an expansive mega-store. Some examples of niche grocery outlets include bulk-food chains, small-batch supermarkets, children's grocery shops and even Millennial-centric grocery stores.

For those grocery chains that continue to cater to a more wide variety of customers, there are a number of innovations that are currently being used to enhance the retail experience. App-enabled services have become a popular way for supermarkets to connect with customers both inside and outside of the store. By helping consumers spot discounts, avoid spoiled produce and even check out their own purchases, these technological advances are changing the way we shop for our food.
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Freshness
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Ripe Fruit-Locating Apps
Ripe Fruit-Locating Apps
The RipeNearMe App Helps Locate Local Ready-to-Eat Fruit and Veggies
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71
Jolly Checkout Jingles
Jolly Checkout Jingles
EDEKA Offers a Christmas Surprise at the Grocery Store Checkout
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70
Ingredient Identifying Displays
Ingredient Identifying Displays
The Smart Cooking System Lists Recipes Based on the Placed Produce
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69
Discount Grocery Apps
Discount Grocery Apps
Flipp Gives Users Access to Grocery Store Deals and Discounts
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68
Handheld Food Analyzers
Handheld Food Analyzers
The ConsumerPhysics SCiO Scanner Inspects the Content of Sustenance
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67
Handheld Food Scanners
Handheld Food Scanners
Device Lets You Know What's in Your Food Before You Buy or Eat It
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66
Interactive Produce Stations
Interactive Produce Stations
Hakuhodo's Talking Food Prototype Lets Farmers Chat with Consumers
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65
Discount Grocery Apps
Discount Grocery Apps
The Snap by Groupon App Helps You Find Deals on Groceries
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64
Local Food Initiatives
Local Food Initiatives
Foodland Ontario's Website Proves Why Buying Local is a Smart Choice
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63
Food Donation Apps
Food Donation Apps
The 'Foodcloud' App Will Distribute Unwanted Grocery Store Food to Charities
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Beacon Food Marketing
Beacon Food Marketing
American Craft Sausages Successfully Grew in Popularity with Message Tech
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61
Biometric Store Payments
Biometric Store Payments
This Chinese Grocery Store Features a Unique 'Face Pay' System
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60
Grocery Shopping Chauffeurs
Grocery Shopping Chauffeurs
Uber and Loblaws Have Teamed Up to Offer Free Grocery Pickups
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59
Automated Grocery Shopping Systems
Automated Grocery Shopping Systems
Smartli Ensures That Your Fridge Always Stays Stocked
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58
Paperless Coupon Apps
Paperless Coupon Apps
'Milk' is a Handy App That Helps You Save at the Grocery Store
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57
Rapid Grocery Delivery Services
Rapid Grocery Delivery Services
Instacart Delivers Groceries to Your Home Within the Hour
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56
Grocery-Covered Cars
Grocery-Covered Cars
The Tesco Car is Lined with Groceries
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55
Coupon Cashing Apps
Coupon Cashing Apps
The Checkout 51 App Takes Couponing into the Digital Age
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Food Expiry Apps
Food Expiry Apps
'The Fridge' is an App That Warns When Your Groceries Will Spoil
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53
Online Grocery Shops
Online Grocery Shops
Amazon's Prime Pantry is an Easy and Convenient Way to Get Errands Done
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52
Educational Indian Groceries
Educational Indian Groceries
Pansaari Offers Indian Cooking Classes and Authentic Indian Spices
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51
Vein-Scanning Checkout Systems
Vein-Scanning Checkout Systems
The Fujitsu PulseWallet Lets You Pay Using Your Palm
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50
Hands-Free Grocery Apps
Hands-Free Grocery Apps
Tesco's Google Glass Grocery App Makes Shopping Easy In-Store & at Home
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49
Misshapen Produce Discounts
Misshapen Produce Discounts
Imperfect is a Startup That Aims to Cut Down on Produce Waste
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48
Pop-Up Grocery Stores
Pop-Up Grocery Stores
The Market Mobile in Ottawa Brings Healthy Foods to Underprivileged Areas
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Waste-Reducing Mobile Discounts
Waste-Reducing Mobile Discounts
EcoBasket Hopes to Offer Perishable Food Coupons via Smartphones
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Electrical Supermarket Trolleys
Electrical Supermarket Trolleys
The Hay's Electrical Super Trolley Helps Push Heavy Loads
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Speedy Grocery Services
Speedy Grocery Services
Urbery's Grocery Delivery Brings Items to Your Home in a Matter of Hours
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44
E-Ink Retail Tags
E-Ink Retail Tags
Sainsbury's Uses Digital Displays to Automatically Update Prices
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Custom Shopping Map Apps
Custom Shopping Map Apps
ParknShop x Beacon Technology is a Useful Shopping App Concept
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42
Food Spoilage Sensors
Food Spoilage Sensors
This Wireless Food Spoilage Sensor Sends Alerts to Your Smartphone
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41
All-In-One Cheese Displays
All-In-One Cheese Displays
This Food Display Stand Addresses Sampling, Storage & Display
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40
Waste-Powered Supermarkets
Waste-Powered Supermarkets
This Sainsbury's Supermaket Will Be Powered by its Own Food Waste
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39
Budget-Friendly Organic Shops
Budget-Friendly Organic Shops
This Sister Chain of Whole Foods Will Cater to Millennial Shoppers
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38
Sanitizing Touchscreen Stations
Sanitizing Touchscreen Stations
Sterilyfe's Touchscreen Kiosk Makes Interactive Marketing Hygienic
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37
Cavernous Curved Wine Markets
Cavernous Curved Wine Markets
The Spar Supermarket Makes Shopping for Groceries Stylish
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36
Greek Yogurt Retail Displays
Greek Yogurt Retail Displays
These Bata SA Retail Displays Minimize the Use of Floor Space
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35
Food Origins-Exposing Ads
Food Origins-Exposing Ads
'System U' Grocers Created Video Ads of Food Origins in Supermarkets
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34
Waste-Free Grocer Concepts
Waste-Free Grocer Concepts
Lagom is Market Concept Based on Using "Just the Right Amount"
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33
Cola Cardboard Displays
Cola Cardboard Displays
The 'Give It Back Rack' is Part of the Brand's Big Green Initiative
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32
Health Food Shopping Rewards
Health Food Shopping Rewards
This Insurance Policy Offers Monetary Healthy Eating Incentives
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31
Conceptual Dairy Displays
Conceptual Dairy Displays
This Colorful Milk Display Case was Designed with the Shopper in Mind
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30
Grocery Checkout Apps
Grocery Checkout Apps
Sainsbury's Grocery Shopping App Lets You Skip the Checkout Counter
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29
Cream Cheese Retail Displays
Cream Cheese Retail Displays
These Point of Purchase Materials are to be Strategically Placed
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28
Enticing Dairy Stalls
Enticing Dairy Stalls
This Dairy Product Display Resembles the Food It Pairs Well With
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27
Contemporary Kosher Food Retailers
Contemporary Kosher Food Retailers
Brooklyn's Breadberry Supermarket is Ethnically Authentic
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26
Imagined Futuristic Groceries
Imagined Futuristic Groceries
The Future Market Guesses What Grocery Stores Will Be Like in 2065
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25
Sustainable Supermarkets
Sustainable Supermarkets
Original Unverpackt Aims to Become Germany's First Waste-Free Supermarket
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24
Nutty Pop-Up Kitchens
Nutty Pop-Up Kitchens
Longo's Grocery Store Pop-Up Takes the Form of a Tasty Nutella Creperie
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23
Dripping Dairy Displays
Dripping Dairy Displays
This Yogurt Retail Display Draws Inspiration from Milk Ingredients
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22
Decadent Grocery Packaging
Decadent Grocery Packaging
Woolworths Gold Grocery Store Food Packaging is Unusually Upscale
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21
Millennial-Centric Grocery Stores
Millennial-Centric Grocery Stores
Enjoy Quality-Meets-Value Shopping at 365 by Whole Foods Market
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20
Open-Concept Food Stores
Open-Concept Food Stores
This Specialty Food Store in Toronto Offers Quality Products & Guidance
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19
Artisanal Culinary Boutiques
Artisanal Culinary Boutiques
This Swiss Specialty Food Store is Brimming with Quality Ingredients
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18
Shopping Survey Tablets
Shopping Survey Tablets
Co-operative Food's Smart Shopping Cart Asks Customers for Feedback
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17
Carbon-Free Food Transport
Carbon-Free Food Transport
This Eco Food Delivery Service Focuses on Local Business Relationships
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16
Custom-Designed Shopping Bags
Custom-Designed Shopping Bags
Choose Your Package Can Be Printed with Ads or Nutritional Info
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15
Farmer Market Eateries
Farmer Market Eateries
This Rustic Restaurant Interior is Dreamy and Bohemian
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14
Automated Grocery Stores
Automated Grocery Stores
The Speedy Store is a Vending Machine for Basic Necessities
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13
Rustic Retail Marketplaces
Rustic Retail Marketplaces
This Modern Munich Marketplace Recalls the Charm of the Market Hall
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12
Vegetarian Butcher Shops
Vegetarian Butcher Shops
Toronto's YamChops is a Butcher Shop with Only Meatless Products
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11
Experiential Retail Booths
Experiential Retail Booths
This Dairy Retail Booth Design is an Escape Within the Grocery Aisle
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10
Transparent Produce Bags
Transparent Produce Bags
These Produce Packaging Designs Emphasize Freshness
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9
Retail Farmer's Markets
Retail Farmer's Markets
Ferme En Ville is a Local Food Market That Recalls a Marketplace Aesthetic
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8
Children's Grocery Stores
Children's Grocery Stores
This Kid's Supermarket in Moscow is Designed for Children
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7
Futuristic Grocer Concepts
Futuristic Grocer Concepts
Carlo Ratti Associati Imagines the Future of Supermarkets as Digital
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6
Eco Bulk Food Kiosks
Eco Bulk Food Kiosks
This New Self-Service Refill System is Housed at London's Planet Organic
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5
Community Hub Supermarkets
Community Hub Supermarkets
This Award-Winning Whole Foods Austin Location is a Retail Playground
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4
Recipe-Based Grocery Stores
Recipe-Based Grocery Stores
This Store Will Allow Shoppers to Buy Recipe Kits and Ingredients
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3
Fresh Market Grocers
Fresh Market Grocers
This Gourmet Supermarket Design Takes Shoppers on a Culinary Journey
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2
Small-Batch Supermarkets
Small-Batch Supermarkets
This Grocery Store Boasts a Herb Wall and a Soda Fountain
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1
Authentic Gourmet Grocers
Authentic Gourmet Grocers
This Specialty Supermarket Boasts Sophisticated Rustic Branding
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