Connected Retail London competition shortlist

As one of London’s largest landowners, with more than 2,000 commercial units across our estate, we are proud to support a vibrant range of businesses 🛒

With over 31 million passenger journeys everyday, our network is a unique opportunity for many retailers 🛍️

As the needs of customers change, physical retailers adapt and rethink their offerings – often becoming destinations in themselves! 🤳

Our first ever retail innovation competition

Following an exciting launch in May, we challenged businesses to come up with an innovative and technological concept that reimagines physical retail space whilst meeting the needs of our customers, and pushes the boundaries of retail 🤯

Criteria included innovative approach, deliverability as well as the team management, financial strategy, and scalability of their concept.

In response, we received 29 entries, and now we are excited to introduce you to the incredible 10 shortlisted concepts! 🙌

Shortlisted concepts

MakersCAFE: A place where people can ‘make’ things by using innovative state-of-the-art technologies, such as 3D printing and laser-cutting, while also being in a social interactive cafe environment ☕

Nayad: Gives customers the chance to purchase mineral water exactly to their tastes by offering it as either still or sparkling, at a range of temperatures and with optional healthy additions, while getting rid of the need for disposable bottles ♻️

Petit Pli: An experiential shop, working research lab and interactive exhibition for their company, which designs clothes that grow through seven different sizes, fitting children between 9 months and 4 years 👶🧒

Popertee: Go-London powered by Popertee will enable international brands to create an experiential retail presence for the first time in the UK across TfL’s estate. The permanent “pop-up” space will be powered by data, enabling smarter measurement of the campaign 📣

PopSquare: An AI-enabled marketplace which offers mobile, automated pop-up stores that support the launch of new products or brands in a more automated and cost-effective way by combining online and offline experiences and using big data 📈

Pop & Rest: Offers people in large cities the chance to book a single occupancy sleep and meditation pod. Booked by the hour via app, users can personalise their experience through music, lighting and aroma 😴

Sook Retail: Sook fits out empty shops with a digital wallpaper, which allows multiple tenants to occupy a space during the same day. A tenant can turn up and digitally brand the space exactly as they want it at the touch of a button 🆗

Vastari: Matches content with venues for experiences worldwide. The company’s proposal is to manage a rolling schedule of temporary, ticketed exhibitions at the retail location, imported from around the world 🖼️

Sensei: Offers to make retail autonomous and checkout-free, by using an integrated system of cameras and AI algorithms so that all products picked by each customer are registered automatically for further billing when they leave the store 🛒

Texel: Uses computer vision and state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to provide shoppers with digital avatars and personal recommendations, which are used to try out different outfits, so they have confidence when shopping for clothes online 🛍️

Judging time

The shortlisted companies have now been invited to present their concepts in front of a panel before the winner is chosen 🏆

Up for grabs is the chance to pilot and test out their innovative concept in reality as we will provide them with retail space for a year – valued up to £100,000!

Stay tuned for the winner to be announced on Friday 16 September 🎉

For more information about the competition, please read our Applicant kit and Competition Guidelines.

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