Are retail labs really the path to innovation?

Posted by [email protected] on February 28, 2016 at 3:50 AM


A recent article by Mathew Chapman explores the various retail lab/ start up concepts and gets the opinions of the experts. I myself am no stranger to Tesco Labs having worked on secondment and attended various meetings and workshops there. One very successful development to come out of the labs is the Inform app which allows store colleagues to search for information about every individual product their poticular store has on sale.

I don't think it will be too long before ...

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The Connected Fridge

Posted by [email protected] on August 13, 2015 at 6:40 PM

When I was jokingly asked if I could develop a smart device app at the next Hackathon that could remotely tell you what you have in your fridge at home I had to ask myself two questions. Firstly, is this the sort of thing that would get laughed out of Dragons Den and secondly, would such an idea add value for our customers. As daft as it may seem, it’s actually a very good idea and I came to the conclusion that it would add value for our customers by doing the opposite of what the propo...

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Hackathon15 and Team Top Table

Posted by [email protected] on May 12, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Team Top Table only formed in December after we met on Yammer, so we were shocked to win Tesco Hackathon 2015. We set up our own private Yammer group in the months ahead of the event, and had been developing the idea and business case ever since. Although some of us had met as individuals and as a small group, our first meeting as a five-member team was on the morning of the Hackathon.

Even t...

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A Leap Forward for Internal Communications

Posted by [email protected] on May 1, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Words cannot describe how pleased I am to be a member of the Colleague Communications Panel at Tesco. The panel is made up of colleagues that are representative of the business so I feel really proud that I was selected from so many applicants and privileged that I have been given a golden opportunity to represent my colleagues on how colleague communications are conducted in the future.


Being on...

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From Cab to Lab

Posted by [email protected] on December 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM

This was the second time I’ve come to Head Office; the first being in March, when I took part in Tesco’s global hackathon. Being in the UK winning team at the Globe’athon gave me a wonderful sense of achievement, so I was delighted to be invited back to Tesco Labs to co-produce a viable business case to support our idea. 


During a two week collaborative sprint with ex-Glo...

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