Supply Chain Analysis news

02 December 2021
Convenience retailer 7-Eleven is teaming up with Nuro to pilot a commercial delivery service with autonomous vehicles in the Silicon Valley enclave of Mountain View, California. Customers can access the service from December 1 through the 7-Eleven 7NOW delivery app. Initially, Nuro’s self-driving Priuses (with a safety driver) will be used to carry out deliveries but the service will use Nu...
01 December 2021
Swedish retailer, ICA has developed a highly automated warehouse to support its online business growth. The facility, located close to Stockholm, will be operational from the 1 st December and is the first of its kind in Sweden. A partnership with Ocado ICA invested SEK 1.1billion in the warehouse which has been developed in partnership with Ocado Group. Ocado’s automation has been adapted...
30 November 2021
Aldi has started a trial of a deposit return scheme (DRS) for drinks containers at its Bathgate store in West Lothian, Scotland. Ahead of the Scotland-wide rollout The trial is taking place ahead of the Scotland-wide rollout of the deposit scheme, which will start in July 2022. Under the trial, shoppers will be allowed to return single-use plastic or glass bottles from 50ml up to three l...
30 November 2021
In order to navigate the industry-wide supply chain challenges, Asda has chartered a cargo ship to secure the supply of key festive products. 350 containers of festive products According to Asda, the cargo ship carries 350 containers of festive products including festive decorations, toys, clothing and gifts. In addition, the retailer has ramped up the volume of turkeys and pigs in blank...
24 November 2021
Quick commerce pure play Getir has acquired its UK competitor Weezy in the latest consolidation in the fast growing and competitive sector. Meanwhile, Gopuff launched in 10 cities across the UK, driven by the acquisition of Fancy and Dija earlier this year. Getir’s commitment to the UK market Getir, which launched in Turkey in 2015, expanded to the UK in January 2021. In October, it anno...
24 November 2021
Asda has launched a refillable draft beer concept, the first UK grocer to do so, as it extends its refillables trial to another location. Takeaway craft beer offer Located in the beers, wines and spirits aisle at Asda’s Milton Keynes store, the new fixture provides customers with a regularly changing selection of 12 beers from draft beer pumps which colleagues will pour into one or two litr...
23 November 2021
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages continues to disrupt food supply chains. Food and consumer good businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges in 2020 and 2021. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment levels than normal, meaning there is an impact on availability of some food and groceries. The government has committed to a package...
22 November 2021
Tesco is launching a line of refillable cleaning sprays that could save up to 60 million pieces of plastic each year. Source: Tesco The range will consist of six private label spray bottles than can be refilled with a solution created by mixing dissolvable capsules with water.  Multi-purpose surface cleanser, kitchen and bathroom surface cleaners, daily shower cleaner and window & glas...
16 November 2021
Morrisons is set to be the first supermarket to co-own a new recycling facility in Fife, Scotland. Reprocessing ‘hard-to-recycle’ soft plastics The new site will be able to process 15,000 tonnes of flexible plastic packaging each year. According to Morrisons, the facility, the first of its kind in the world, is co-owned and being constructed by recycling plant specialists Yes Recycling, and...
12 November 2021
As inflation hits a 30-year high in the US, we are starting to see retailers shift to a stronger value-led focus, in-store and online. Could this be a foreshadow of what’s to come in 2022? Prices hit 30-year high The annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) hit a 30-year high of 6.2% in October. The scale and scope of the increased commodity, packaging, labour and freight costs which suppliers con...