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 we see the killer low cost/ high impact innovation emerge from the labs but I do like the idea of big organisations working alongside but independently from small start ups as in the case of the John Lewis initiative 'JLAB'. Read Mathews article here
Photo: A product development worshop I attended at Tesco Labs