Collaboration and best practice news

26 February 2021
METRO France announced a partnership with TerraCycle’s Loop initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic. First wholesaler in the world to partner with Loop According to METRO France, it will become the first wholesaler in the world to offer the solution developed by Loop in part of its wholesale stores. This initiative marks Loop’s entrance into the wholesale space. Loop has alre...
18 February 2021
Auchan Retail’s local unit in Romania has teamed up with Glovo for grocery home delivery. Including 18 cities Consumers based in 18 Romanian cities will be able to order online from around 4,000 products on sale in 33 Auchan hypermarkets. As soon as an order is placed, Glovo riders will deliver the goods within 60 minutes. According to Auchan and Glovo, there is no minimum order value. ...
16 February 2021
Heineken is set to expand the use of Blue Yonder’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) powered demand planning solution. Roll out across five operating companies Over the next few years, Heineken will deploy the new demand planning solution across five of its largest operating companies worldwide. Blue Yonder’s solution is due to expand Heineken’s digital capabilities t...
09 February 2021
The first cases have been delivered into the first CFC that is due to open as part of the strategic partnership between Kroger and Ocado. First of two planned sites expected to open this year The delivery of the first cases marks an important milestone in the Kroger Ocado partnership. The delivery, into the Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC) in Monroe, Ohio, comes almost three years since th...
29 January 2021
Customers of Sainsbury’s Cockermouth store in Cumbria are able to order the full range of products via rapid delivery startup HyperLocal, as reported by The Grocer. Delivery in 20 minutes Thousands of Sainsbury’s Cockermouth store’s SKUs are available for delivery on the HyperLocal website. Orders are picked by personal shoppers with delivery in as little as 20 minutes. Residents within an ...
29 January 2021
Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has announced that it has switched completely to electricity generated from Dutch wind farms since 1 st January 2021. It has also reduced CO2 emissions of its stores by 50% since 2008. Working with suppliers, farmers and fruit and vegetable growers Over the next few years, it aims to work with suppliers, farmers and fruit and vegetable growers to reduce CO2 emis...
28 January 2021
German retailer Edeka is set to install a robotic order picking system at its new distribution centre (DC) in Oberhausen-Waldteich, western Germany. Edeka’s largest ever DC The new DC offers a total floor area of 90,000 square metres, and will be operational this year. It is due to supply 400 Edeka stores and 400 stores operating under other group brands in the region of North Rhine-Westpha...
27 January 2021
To save you time, we’ve picked out and summarised our most popular news in January. This month, we’ve looked at how retailers and manufacturers are striving to add logistical capacity, expand their omnichannel offering and contribute to a more sustainable world. Mars UK’s investment in two new depots (read here ) Mars UK has teamed up with logistics provider DHL to invest £350m in it...
25 January 2021
Kroger, America’s largest grocery retailer, and Ocado have announced Phoenix, Arizona as the latest location for a new a new customer fulfilment centre (CFC). 200,000-square-foot The new Ocado Smart Platform-powered CFC, automated warehouse facility with digital and robotic capabilities, will support online activities of Kroger’s Fry’s Food banner, which serves the Phoenix area. Accordin...
14 January 2021
Aldi Ireland announced the return of its ‘Grow with Aldi’ supplier development programme for 2021. Investing more than €500,000 in supporting Irish suppliers  Aldi will offer Irish suppliers the chance to to become a core range listing in all 145 Aldi Ireland stores. So far, over 500 Irish suppliers have entered the ‘Grow with Aldi’ programme over the last 3 years, with €3 million invested ...