The five biggest retail technology news stories of the week — Retail Technology Innovation Hub – Retail Technology Innovation Hub

Online fashion retailer Asos is to invest £14 million in a new tech hub in Belfast, Northern Ireland and create 184 new jobs over the next three years.
Nick Beighton, CEO, Asos, comments: “As a rapidly growing business at the forefront of online retailing, we’re continually investing in our technology capabilities.”
“Our new hub will provide us with cutting edge tech expertise to support future growth. Belfast has a wealth of tech talent and we’re excited to be establishing a permanent base in such a vibrant city.”
The facility will be operational in early 2022, with 52 dedicated roles in the first year.
Today, alongside the NI Economy Minister @gordonlyons1, we’ve announced a £14m investment in a new #Tech Hub in Belfast, which will create 184 jobs over the next 3 years, providing us with cutting-edge expertise to support our future growth. Read more 👉
InPost has announced a new partnership with Tesco, which will see its automated parcel machines (APMs) deployed across the grocery giant’s entire large format store estate in the UK, potentially up to 500 sites, by the end of November.  
Shoppers will be able to collect their online orders or send parcels, and also drop off returns in seconds thanks to InPost’s paperless Instant Returns service.
Alibaba Group’s Xiaomanlv robots have delivered more than a million parcels in China within one year of their launch.
Wang Gang, Head of the Autonomous Driving Lab at Alibaba’s global research arm, DAMO Academy, says: “Xiaomanlv achieving over one million delivery orders is just the beginning. It’s laid the groundwork for the future development and application of our autonomous driving technology.”
Alibaba's autonomous delivery robot Xiaomanlv reached a milestone this week, delivering more than a million parcels in China. Larger courier robots are also being developed to deliver goods faster and for longer distances. Click to learn more.
Deliveroo Hop has launched in central London in partnership with Morrisons.
The service, available through the Deliveroo app, will offer grocery delivery in as little as 10 minutes.
Deliveroo says that it will benefit from a deep integration between its newly developed grocery management technology and the company’s logistics algorithms and network of over 50,000 delivery riders across the UK.
Those 10-min supermarkets were starting to make the likes of Deliveroo and Amazon look like laggards. Interesting development, intrigued to know how Amazon fits in (supply agreement with Morrisons / minority stake in Deliveroo + new Prime tie-up)
Aldi UK has announced Greenwich, London as the location for its first ever checkout free store.
This will use a system of cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence to identify the items customers take from shelves, alleviating the need to pay at a till.
It has also pledged to invest £1.3 billion over the next two years (2022-2023) in a bid to further accelerate its share of the UK grocery market.
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