Collaboration and best practice news

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...
06 December 2021
SIG, a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging, has secured access, under a power purchase agreement (PPP), to ‘real-time’ renewable energy from wind turbines for its production facilities in Germany. Wind turbines to deliver power in real time Two wind turbines which are located in Beppen, near Hanover, are set to deliver power in real time – as it is generated – to th...
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...
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...
11 November 2021
Having weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, our industry continues to face new challenges. We look at what’s top of the list for the senior team at the Kellogg Company. Growth held back by supply challenges Organic sales increased 5.1% in Q3, with demand at-home remaining elevated and most of its powerhouse brands outperforming their relevant categories. Without some of the supply challenges it...