|METRO Group Future Store Initiative |
The Metro Group Future Store Initiative was founded in 2002 to advance the modernization process within the retail industry, and to develop practical concepts for the next-generation shopping experience. The initiative is comprised of more than 90 partners from the IT, consumer goods and service sectors, as well as representatives from the field of science. Major partners include SAP, Intel, IBM, T-Systems and Cisco, along with a consortium comprising Fujitsu Services, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Siemens. The central platform of the Metro Group Future Store Initiative is the Real Future Store in Toenisvorst, which opened in May 2008. This hypermarket provides a real-life environment for initiative partners to test and develop new technologies and concepts until they are ready for wide-scale introduction onto the market.