Autonomous Vehicles in Retail – Thematic Research

Pages: 40 Published: November 30, 2019 Report Code: GDRT-TR-S013

The retail industry has been witnessing a significant increase in the number of major retailer bankruptcies and store closures on the back of increasing demand for online shopping, declining footfalls into physical stores and intensifying competition from digital-native brands. In a bid to better compete with e-commerce retailers, players such as Walmart, Warby Parker and Casper have successfully adopted omni-channel strategies to integrate physical and online channels. However, alongside omni-channel retail, there is another disruptive technology lurking around the corner unnoticed by majority of retailers – autonomous delivery. The introduction of autonomous vehicles (AVs) aids the retailers in terms of reduced delivery cost and time, increased logistics efficiency, and improved last-mile connectivity, among others. In a bid to stay ahead of the competition in embracing the AVs in the retail landscape, major retailers have already begun partnering with auto manufacturers to use self-driving vehicles for online deliveries.


GlobalData analyses how autonomous vehicles have and will continue to impact retail, the report breaks down autonomous vehicles in to several categories including, a technology briefing, impact of autonomous vehicles over time, and its impact on retail trends as well as an analysis of the impact on consumers in a variety of scenarios. We investigate how the dominant technological, macroeconomic and retail trends are being impacted by autonomous vehicles, and how they will go on to do so over the course of the next decade. The report goes on to profile international retailers with a significant focus on autonomous vehicles, as well as provides analysis on relevant mergers, acquisitions and disruptors in the retail market.

Key Highlights

How autonomous vehicles impacts each shopper journey differently, with broad differences between offline and online as well as infrequent and frequent purchases.

An analysis on how autonomous vehicles can be implemented to optimise operations and logistics

An understanding of how leading retailers are implementing autonomous vehicle technology, relevant mergers and acquistions as well as disruptors

Impact of autnomous vehicles on the overall retail journey for consuimers

Latest technological developments to impact autonomous vehicles

Reasons to Buy

Understand how autonomous vehicles impact each shopper journey differently, with broad differences between offline and online as well as infrequent and frequent purchases.

Learn how autonomous vehicles can be implemented to optimise operations and logistics

Read about how the retail and automotive industries are working together to solve issues around autonomous vehicles

Discover how the world-leading retailers, across the US, Eurozone and Asia, are investing in autonomous vehicle technologies, allowing you greater clarity on which attributes within autonomous vehicle developed are being prioritised within retail

Key Players

Bossa Nova Robotics
Continental AG
LG Innotek
Simobe robotics
Starship Technologies
Sunny Optical
Tecas instruments

Table of Contents



Leaders and challengers

Technology briefings

M&A activity



Retail trends

Technology trends

Macroeconomic trends

Regulatory trends

Value chain

Companies section



List of Tables

Who are the movers and shakers and challengers in the autonomous vehicle industry?

M&A activity timeline

Autonomous vehicles timeline

List of Figures

The five levels of autonomy for self-driving cars

Threats faced by automobile manufacturers

The autonomous vehicles technology stack: semiconductors

The autonomous vehicles technology stack: specialist components

The autonomous vehicles technology stack: the brains

The autonomous vehicles technology stack: transport networks


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