Tesco technology guru Paul Wilkinson switches roles

The head of technology research and open innovation at Tesco Labs, Paul Wilkinson, has switched roles at the grocer.

A regular on the retail technology circuit over the years, appearing at events such as RBTE and Essential Retail’s industry roundtables, Wilkinson has started a new job as head of product for space, range and display within Tesco’s commercial team.

Wilkinson, who confirmed the switch of roles to Essential Retail this morning, tweeted: “Had an epic few years @TescoLabs but starting an exciting new chapter today [...]”

During his time within the Tesco Labs team, which drives innovation and tests new ideas that could ultimately be used within the main Tesco business, Wilkinson has led and explored projects in artificial intelligence, voice-enabled tech and the internet of things.

He was a driver of Tesco’s launch of voice-enabled online shopping in association with Google Home, which was exclusively unveiled by Essential Retail ahead of Wilkinson’s keynote presentation at RBTE 2017.

During his time at Tesco to date, Wilkinson has played a central role in the supermarket’s work with start-ups, travelling all around the world to learn about innovative companies and their potential impact on the retail sector.

He was a key facilitator of Tesco TJam, a series of speed-dating-style events encouraging companies to pitch retail technology ideas to the Tesco business.

Indeed, Wilkinson ended his time at the Tesco Labs team, last week, taking part in a global hackathon, where divisions of the grocer across the world conceptualised, built and presented new technology-driven ideas that could make the Tesco shopping experience better for customers.

Full of new ideas about how technology can drive business success, and having already tested many of these compelling concepts online and in store, Wilkinson starts his new role in the commercial team today.