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It’s Friday, the week is nearly done, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail technology space. Here’s your briefing on some of the most important and interesting stories from the past five days.

1. Japan’s Aeon opts for Ocado Smart Platform

Ocado Solutions has inked a technology partnership deal with Japanese online grocery retailer Aeon, its first in Asia. 

2. Founders Factory helps Marks and Spencer leverage startup way of working

Marks and Spencer has been reflecting on one year of its Founders Factory startup partnership.

3. Selfridges announces The Instagram Edit pop-up

Selfridges is teaming up with Instagram to launch a pop-up at its flagship store on London’s Oxford Street. 

4. Retail sales pick up as shoppers shake off Brexit blues

November saw UK retail sales decrease by 4.4%, against an increase of 0.5% in November 2018, according to research by the BRC and KPMG. However, If adjusted for the later timing of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, sales are more likely to have increased by a more palatable 0.4% like-for-like. 

5. Waitrose and John Lewis test out DnaNudge pop-ups

Waitrose has launched a DNA pop-up service in its Canary Wharf, London store, with the aim of helping shoppers to make healthier choices. And there is another located in the John Lewis store in London’s White City.

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