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20 April 2021
Continuing the shifts in membership amongst European buying alliances, Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Schiever have said they are not planning to renew their Horizon purchasing alliance for 2022. Meanwhile, due to these changes and others at AgeCore, Casino and Intermarché have announced the creation of a new alliance. Horizon to end, by mutual consent Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Schie...
20 April 2021
This month Kroger officially launched its new grocery delivery service via its first Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) powered by Ocado. With this new automated warehouse, Kroger has taken a different approach compared to most other major retailers in the US. But can this unique strategy enable Kroger to win in the competitive online channel? The Kroger and Ocado fulfilment model Back in M...
29 March 2021
We highlight the most read content from March, picking out some of the key insights from the most viewed reports of the previous month. Before the first quarter of the year drew to an end, we explored key topics such as supply chain analytics and click and collect (C&C), and published our first retailer playbook report of the year. 1. Ahold Delhaize supply chain playbook This is our ...
26 March 2021
Trade publication Lebensmittel Zeitung has reported that Edeka is to leave the AgeCore buying alliance. The step follows its establishment of the Everest alliance with Netherlands-based, pureplay retailer Picnic. Short term uncertainty likely to be resolved in 2021 Although Edeka’s departure has not been completed, as talks are on-going about the sale of its shares, if it is confirmed it ...
15 March 2021
According to reports by the Dallas Morning News, Walmart is set to convert one of its North Dallas stores into a fulfillment center for online delivery and pickup orders. Ramping up online fulfilment capacity According to Walmart, the Supercentre is set to close on 30 th March. While being converted, the 200 employees will be able to transfer to three Walmart Supercentres and one Neighbor...
12 March 2021
FairPrice is working with local agencies to test the use of autonomous robots in providing on-demand deliveries in Singapore. Greater convenience and flexibility Source: IMDA The trial is currently limited to a neighbourhood shopping complex in Punggol and the residential area nearby. The one-year trial will assess: Technologies such as AI for autonomous navigation, obstacle...
09 March 2021
The first customer delivery has been made from the first CFC to open as part of the strategic partnership between Kroger and Ocado. This represents a soft launch for the facility, which will be marked by a grand opening in April. First of two planned sites expected to open this year This first delivery marks an important milestone in the Kroger Ocado partnership. Fulfilled by the Customer...
08 March 2021
Unilever is joining efforts with Trax, a retail technology and analytics provider, and Roamler, a European technology company specialising in crowd-supported solutions for field marketing, to improve its on-shelf availability (OSA). Leveraging Trax’s and Roamler’s expertise to gather useful, timely in-store data Trax and Roamler have teamed up to provide consumer goods companies in Europe...
08 March 2021
Albertsons, the third-largest grocery retailer in the US, has partnered with Tortoise, a logistics automation firm, to pilot a remote-controlled zero-emission delivery cart in Northern California. Contactless delivery solution The pilot is being led by the retailer’s Safeway division. The cart, powered by Tortoise, is equipped with a camera and a speaker. Travelling at 3mph, it is guided ...
01 March 2021
Retailer alliance EMD has announced it will, from now, require its private label suppliers to adhere to its sourcing code of conduct. EMD committed to Responsibility and Sustainable Sourcing EMD said its sourcing code of conduct sets out 12 sustainability criteria, which are based on the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative of the Consumer Goods Forum. EMD noted that private label supplier...