Welcome to LAB288.ai

Hello and welcome to LAB288.ai, a Coles technology blog – a place for conversation about research & development, engineering excellence, and passion for complex problem solving.

LAB288 is our purpose-built research and development facility and home to the Disruptive Technology team. LAB288 embodies a set of ideas and ways of working that supports collaboration with partners and internal teams to drive R&D at Coles. We aim to understand and respond to emerging and disruptive technologies, and help Coles navigate a dynamic, complex technology frontier. We do this in support of our strategy which is about changing at pace, efficiency and innovating for the future and outlines how we will deliver for our customers and teams.

So what is the ‘288’ in honour of? In 1914 our founder Sir George James Coles opened his first variety store at 288 Smith Street in Collingwood Victoria. George was an entrepreneur and disruptor who thought differently about serving the Australian community. George’s business – Coles – went on to change the face of Australian retailing, and in doing so changed the shape of Australia for millions of Australians. By naming our lab after George Coles’ very first store we evoke his spirit and memory in the way we too think differently about solving complex problems at Coles.

We plan to post here regularly and hope you’ll stop by too.