Supply Chain Analysis news

09 March 2022
Kroger has announced that it will open new fulfilment sites in Austin and San Antonio, Texas and Birmingham, Alabama powered by the Kroger Fulfillment Network and Ocado Group. The move is a continuation of Kroger’s online ambitions, which saw it enter Florida without a physical store footprint in 2021. Three new sites announced The 70,000 Sq. ft Austin site will collaborate with a hub in Da...
08 March 2022
Availability issues Operational labour and HGV driver shortages continue to disrupt food supply chains. Although there are some regional variations, absence rates within the food and consumer goods industry due to the Omicron variant are declining . Food and consumer goods businesses have been hit hard by recruitment and retention challenges. This is resulting in lower order fulfilment lev...
08 March 2022
Waitrose and Müller are trialing a replacement of coloured milk bottle caps with colourless ones as a way to reduce plastic waste. Reducing Waitrose’s reliance on virgin plastics and increasing the availability of recycled high-density polyethylene (rHDPE) Coloured caps currently can’t be recycled into food-grade packaging, whereas the material in colourless caps holds higher retention...
04 March 2022
A group of leading UK grocers has joined forces to launch a Refill Coalition to co-design and develop innovation refill solution. The Refill Coalition brings together M&S, Morrisons, Ocado and Waitrose & Partners with supply chain solution specialists CHEP. The group was convened by Unpackaged, a pioneer in zero waste retail business models. The Coalition will explore how key food staples (...
02 March 2022
Australian supermarket Coles is trialing grocery delivery by drone with Wing, a startup owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet. It will be Australia’s first major supermarket to offer drone delivery. How it works The new drone delivery service, being launched in the Australian capital, Canberra, will deliver more than 250 items, including bread, fresh produce, snacks, convenience m...
02 March 2022
As of 1 March 2022, Amazon became the 14 th retailer to be bound by the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) in the UK. This follows the decision by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to designate Amazon as a grocery retailer under the Groceries Market Investigation Order on 9 February 2022.  Suppliers invited to contact GCA if they have concerns The Groceries Code Adjud...
02 March 2022
Asda and Tesco are to use an innovative new material made using the proteins and cellulose found in fruit and vegetable seeds, peels and pulps, mixed with water. The material will be used to coat and protect certain products, including citrus fruits and avocados in 150 Asda stores in the coming weeks, while Tesco will trial the material on a selection of similar products in 80 of its stores. H...
25 February 2022
The developing situation in Ukraine is expected to provide a new source of global supply chain challenges. While each business will be affected differently, here we pick out a few supply chain implications/watchouts and some key actions for supply chain teams.   Supply chain input costs Events in the Ukraine have already impacted global prices for oil and gas, which will raise supply ...
24 February 2022
Morrisons has stopped using plastic packaging for its own-label milk lines, switching to Tetra Pak cartons instead. 100 tonnes of plastic will be saved each year From this month, nine Morrisons fresh milk lines will be sold in Tetra Pak cartons, saving 100 tonnes of plastic per year initially. It also removed plastic packaging from the majority of its own-label fresh juice lines in fav...
24 February 2022
US retailer, Kroger, is launching an in-store pilot of Loop’s circular reusable packaging platform in a selection of its stores in Portland, Oregon. The pilot is due to run for 6 months. This is a first in the US market, with shoppers in 25 Kroger-owned Fred Meyer stores able to buy 20 products in reusable containers.  The list of products included in the initiative includes Pantene shampoo an...