Collaboration and best practice news

21 January 2022
Tesco and Direct Rail Services (DRS) have extended their partnership by signing a new three year deal. Supplying and expanding rail operations across GB The new deal means DRS, which has been long associated with the so-called “Tesco trains”, will continue to operate intermodal trains for the retailer in England, Wales and Scotland, including Mossend to Inverness, which is the longest domes...
20 January 2022
Aldi UK has ended its partnership with Deliveroo, as the retailer pulled 130 stores nationwide off the latter’s online platform. A relationship that first started back in May 2020 The partnership between Aldi UK and Deliveroo started as a trial from its Daleside Road store in May 2020 , before extending the delivery trial to 130 stores in November 2020 . Shoppers located within a 6km r...
17 January 2022
Tesco plans to open imminently two new urban fulfilment centres (UFCs) as online shopping increases, while another four are set to open during Tesco’s next financial year. Bradford UFC to open later this week In its latest Q3 and Christmas Trading Statement, Tesco has announced it will open this week a new UFC in Bradford at the Valley Road store on Canal Road. The facility is set to cater ...
14 January 2022
The Kroger Co. and Nuro have announced an expanded collaboration to ramp up the use of third-generation autonomous vehicles for grocery deliveries. A partnership that dates back to 2018 Back in 2018, Kroger and Nuro have launched their first delivery pilot using all-electric, autonomous vehicles. According to Nuro, its third-generation model has double the cargo volume of its second-ge...
05 January 2022
We have just published our online trends 2022 report. IGD Supply Chain Analysis subscribers can read the full report here . For those of you that are not subscribers, here is a few of our key trends to look out for: 1. Online-offline friction Retailers will continue to use technology to support all shoppers. However, to improve retailers’ profitability, we will see friction developing betw...
05 January 2022
Dutch retailer Jumbo has announced a strategic partnership with instant on-demand delivery company Gorillas on instant grocery deliveries in the Netherlands and Flanders. Benefiting from each other’s expertise The strategic partnership will see Jumbo supply a large part of its range to Gorillas, including various A-brand, private label, organic and exclusive La Place products. The agreem...
14 December 2021
Morrisons is set to work with its own label suppliers to cut carbon emissions in its wider supply chain. 30% reduction of Scope 3 carbon emissions by 2030 Morrisons said it will encourage suppliers to reduce the greenhouse emissions associated with the sourcing, manufacture and transportation of their products. 400 own label suppliers will initially be offered free access to a new softwa...
14 December 2021
Kroger is set to build a new customer fulfilment centre (CFC) in North Carolina that will be powered by Ocado Solutions’ technology. Operational within 24 months The new facility, which will measure 200,000 square feet, is expected to combine vertical integration, machine learning and robotics. 700 new jobs will be created over the next five years.  Gabriel Arreaga, Kroger's senior vice ...
10 December 2021
Walmart is partnering with HSBC and CPD to provide suppliers that with early payment on their invoices based on their sustainability efforts. This is designed to help them unlock investment in sustainability initiatives linked to the retailer’s Project Gigaton. Financing linked to progress on sustainability goals Through Walmart’s Sustainable Supply Chain Finance programme (SSCF), which was...
08 December 2021
Instacart announced the expansion of its virtual convenience offering through a partnership with Ahold Delhaize USA. New virtual convenience storefronts Both companies have now introduced new virtual convenience storefronts which now include, in addition to Stop & Shop Express (introduced in October 2021), Food Lion Now, GIANT Instant Delivery, Hannaford Now, Shop & Stop Express, Giant Food...