Huge Thing – Żabka Future Lab
This is one of the longest running programmes that support start-up development in Poland. They collaborate with a number of experts.
We are witnessing a digital transformation in almost every aspect of our lives. The online world is increasingly merging with the offline world. We are experiencing the same in the retail industry. At Żabka, this revolution is taking place on two levels: digital transformation and change in our business approach.
For many retail companies, technology is just a service provider. At Żabka Group, we think differently. Technology, together with business and ESG, drives the development of our organisation. Already five years ago, we changed our mentality and created a pillar in our business strategy, which was digital transformation.
We started working on building digital tools for customers, employees and franchisees, designed the Żappka app, which has been downloaded by nearly 8 million users, and started investing in artificial intelligence.
As a result, we are using our technology to set new standards in the convenience ecosystem by striving to constantly add value for our customers. And we are using this technological advantage to set new standards in the convenience ecosystem by constantly adding value for the customer.
We are the largest chain of autonomous stores in Europe, we introduce modern payment methods, invest in q-commerce and artificial intelligence.
Thanks to the scale of our operations, we can test modern solutions in a real environment, while listening to customer feedback. We take convenience to a completely new level – we redefine what the comfort of shopping is. And all this is thanks to technology. Innovation allows us to build value in the long term.
Our plans and analyses go beyond next year – we predict how the customer will be buying in 3-5 years.
We measure technological success in numbers
sales documents in SAP
of Żabka employees work on innovations
are processed every day using Snowflake
downloads of Żappka app
document operations performed
Digital tools for over
“When thinking about the future of commerce we are dealing with the phenomenon of Phygital. It’s a word that describes the trend of elevating the physical brand experience with a digital component – or vice versa. The intention of combining the physical and digital experience is to draw on the best of both worlds, with the ultimate goal of providing customers with unique, highly personalized experiences that leave a lasting impression.”
– Tomasz Blicharski, EVP, Managing Director of Żabka Future
Creation of Żabka Future – responsible for innovation and finding businesses that increase the Group’s value – marked the beginning of a new chapter in our digital transformation.
Thanks to the distinction of a unit strictly responsible for innovation, we were able to quickly and flexibly implement and test new products and services, developing technology to expand the Group’s convenience ecosystem.
Areas of operation of Żabka Future:
Thanks to data analysis and the development of artificial intelligence:
- We minimize customer service time
- We make business easier for franchisees
- We use convenient, personalized and friendly communication of our offer
- We select stores assortment
- We select locations for new Żabka stores
- We improve logistics
We enable customers to do their shopping in autonomous, smaller Żabka Nano stores, offering impulse and necessities, open 24/7, where you can pay using our app or a payment card. Thanks to technology, we can offer our services to customers in places where a traditional Żabka would not be possible, such as offices, gyms or hospitals. Currently, there are over 40 autonomous stores in operation, making us the largest network of autonomous stores in Europe (as January 2022).
Cooperation with start-ups
We cooperate with startups creating innovative solutions for retail. We support startups designing unconventional solutions for e-commerce, q-commerce and Direct to Consumer (D2C) model.
We provide expert assistance in verifying the idea, developing the product and introducing it to the market. Using our resources and experience allows young enterprises to achieve positive results in a shorter time, reduce the risk of failure and receive mentoring and training for founders.
Venture Studio is dedicated to support innovators, search for new business ideas and relationships within startup community and build ventures which subscribe to Żabka Group’s strategy of sustainable growth.
We aim to cooperate with the best of the best. Currently, we are on the lookout for start-ups in the following areas:
To reach the widest possible range of startups, we have joined efforts with local startup associations, academia and international startup accelerators.
Żabka Venture Studio’s most prominent partners include:
Huge Thing – Żabka Future Lab
MIT Enterprise Forum
They are experienced in remodelling innovative new start-ups into booming companies of international reach.
They specialise in recruiting and networking with positive impact start-ups and student communities.
Recognized by the best
& President at AiFi Inc.
“We are excited that we have activated autonomous shopping with Żabka Polska in 25 locations in 6 cities in 2021. While everyone is discussing how we deploy with such unprecedented speed, how we work with different store formats and product mixes, we focus on being available at every corner for people in need 24/7, and simplifying people’s busy lives with technology.”
Chief Revenue Office, Snowflake
“We are honored and delighted to be working closely with Żabka – one of the most innovative retail chains. We look forward to supporting Żabka in making faster data-driven decisions and opening up new business opportunities through Snowflake’s data cloud. Żabka is constantly defining new ways to capture and analyze data, changing the retail industry.”
“Synerise is a long-term technological partner of Żabka. Our platform is the core of the Żappka app, providing i.e an AI-based personalization engine. Cooperation with Żabka is an example of how ambitious plans and ideas become reality thanks to the cutting-edge technology. We believe that Żabka’s digital transformation projects are one of the most unique and advanced in the world.”
GM and SVP Salesforce
EMEA & Emerging Markets
“Żabka is a world leader in technology implementation. They have developed the capability to expand rapidly and achieve significant efficiency gains.”
- Żabka Wins 2022 NACS Technology Award recognizing the company’s fully autonomous Żabka Nano store concept. The award was presented during the NACS Convenience Summit Europe in Berlin.
- The company won the money.pl award in the Technology of the Year category for the project of autonomous Żabka Nano stores.
- Żabka has been awarded the “Sustainable Economy Diamonds” in the category of Technology Leader for Sustainable Development. The project of autonomous Żabka Nano stores was awarded at conference Sustainable Economy Summit.
- Data Sharing Leader EMEA Award in the third annual competition organised by Snowflake in 2021.
- Chief Digital of The Year award for Tomasz Blicharski by the editors of Forbes and Business insider Poland.
- Distinction for the Żabka Nano concept in the “Digital Customer Experience” category as part of the Digital Excellence Awards in 2021.