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Over the years I have come to respect so-called FinTech (Financial Technology) startups that are re-shaping finance from borrowers & lenders markets through to mobile payments. It’s a fascinating area so I am happy to show this press release from alternative/crowdfunding finance brokerChoice Loans who have compiled an infographic on the subject. […]

Visual Guide to the Rise and Rise of Financial Technology



























View from my Moscow hotel window
I’ve just returned from an interesting trip to Moscow, where I was invited to speak at the Plus Alliance’s “3rd International Online and Offline Retail Forum 2016. Plus Alliance is an organisation much like the UK’s British Retail Consortium (BRC) promoting the needs of Russian retail through its forums, conferences […]

Online Retail in Russia





Close-up of the search 'notepad' feature
A little piece of history for you: You probably think that mobile apps appeared soon after iPhone’s launch back in 2007? Actually… Tesco created its first mobile app back in… 2002! Tesco Pocket Shopper was a complete guide to selecting and ordering your Tesco online groceries which you could use […]

Tesco Pocket Shopper





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UPDATE: All working now! Well done Adrian and the Tesco Labs engineering team. https://secure.techfortesco.com/tescoapiweb/login.aspx — Hello if you’ve reached this blog when you thought you were going to techfortesco.com’s API server. It’s OK, my lovely ex-colleagues at Tesco Labs are sorting out a new server to host the API and […]

Techfortesco server back online soon



This is a focused radio article for my fellow radio amateur enthusiasts 🙂 In this video I show you how to switch the on-screen menus from Chinese to English on a Kirisun DM680 digital mobile radio. I also give you a demonstration of a digital audio conversation, and show the […]

Kirisun DM680 – switching from Chinese to English plus digital ...













I’m delighted to announce that the Innovation Lab show is now airing as a podcast. It will appear on iTunes shortly (fingers crossed) but you can this feed manually to your podcast ‘receiver’ application to get listening immediately. Show notes and a direct link the audio file will also appear […]

Innovation Lab Podcast now airing!







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Dear friends, I just wanted to let you know that Tesco have amicably accepted my request for voluntary redundancy. After 27 amazing years of a career in computing and innovation, I will be leaving the Welwyn Garden City campus for the final time as a colleague on 13th April. When […]

Leaving Tesco after 27 amazing years



The unit in this picture is the Davis Vantage Vue weather seneor, which measures wind speed and direction, rainfall, atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity. It’s mounted on a pole above the roof of our house, and updates a weather console with this data ervery few seconds. Inside the weather console […]

Access live weather metrics from our new home!


It’s new year and time to get stuck into my big project for 2015 which is to experiment with technology that together form the ‘connected home’. In simple terms, connected home tech consists of sensors that detect and measure various pieces of information in the home environment and devices that […]

The Connected Home Project









Good grief 2012 already..er Happy New Year! Sorry for the radio silence on this blog recently; it has been non-stop for everyone here getting all their projects in before the IT change-freeze. The change-freeze is that magical day when all us programmers take our hands off our keyboards and let […]

New Year? Wow that was quick!





We’ve been evaluating a mobile application we set up for those participating in the Tesco Charity Triathlon last month. The app was created by mobile specialists mBlox so that triathletes could enjoy personal updates as the triathlon deadline approached. In this article, Ben Martin (who took part in the triathlon […]

Tesco Triathlon app review


There’s something about 7am. It’s at that time when I am still in bed with the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 sounding in the background and the smell of freshly brewed coffee indicating its presence on the bed-side table. However the start of the 7am news usually causes me […]

7am: Social Media’s Finest Hour








Sometimes it’s worth taking the team and escaping from the office for some fresh air and fresh thinking, specially when some of the extended team are joining us for the week having escaped from Tesco’s offices in Bangalore, India. The thinking doesn’t get any fresher than when it takes place […]

Tesco.com R&D Day Out




Reading this article, on the surface you’ll think of us as boys playing with toys. The actual thing is, Microsoft’s new Kinect XBox games controller offers so much opportunity in the retail and business space that we’ve already thought of uses we could put it to inside Tesco. Why? Well […]

Microsoft Kinect opens the ‘Recognition’ door







Tesco has just taken a majority stake in local video-on-demand service BlinkBox with an 80% stake in that business. Blinkbox is the UK’s leading movie streaming service, offering thousands of titles streamed on the internet to 2m users each month. Their catalogue of more than 9,000 titles is available to rent […]

Buy the right to watch the movie and NOT worry ...







“Let him who has been blessed, give blessing.” I would just like to thank Professor John Naughton and his team for giving me the opportunity to speak last night as part of the Arcadia lecture series at Wolfsen College, Cambridge University. I enjoyed the most interesting of conversations with some […]

Benedictus benedicat!






Mike Brearley is Lead IT Developer at Tesco.com’s Central Delivery Service team. Authoring this article, Mike reveals how tracking our delivery vans is adding value to the service we provide customers. Currently we have thousands of Tesco delivery vans delivering to our customers across the UK and Ireland.  Each van is fitted […]

Where’s My Shopping?






Every morning at 6am, our army of thousands of personal shoppers across our biggest 300 Tesco stores and 3 “Dotcom-only stores” (‘sort of’ picking depots) set to work picking the first of tens of thousands of grocery orders on a typical day. The technology they use – we call it ‘teampad’ […]

Next-Generation Picking Computers












If you’re a regular reader to this blog you’ll remember the article I wrote back in October about web browser trends on our web site (http://techfortesco.blogspot.com/2010/10/web-browser-trends-on-tescocom-site.html). In that article I showed a graph (reproduced below) displaying the gradual decline – but significant usage – of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) […]

Watch the demise of IE6 *LIVE* on a Microsoft web ...





If you are old enough to remember the excellent BBC show “Challenge Anneka” you’ll recall the format where Anneka Rice is given some seemingly impossible task to deliver on a specific date. For (contrived!) example, she reads out a card which says: “On May 1st the Mayor of AcmeTown will […]

My 10 Year Robot Project