Collaboration and best practice news

03 October 2018
The winners of the IGD Awards 2018 were announced at a glittering ceremony in London last night (2nd Oct). Commenting on the IGD Awards, Nick Downing, Commercial Director at IGD said: “Our industry continues to face some challenging times, yet never fails to impress with inventive ways to keep surprising and delighting shoppers with fresh ideas and great service. Congratulations to all our winn...
31 July 2018
UK retailer Marks & Spencer announced a new programme to increase digital skills across the business. It is creating the M&S Data Academy, and enrolling people from a wide variety of retail functions. The aim is to create a cohort of data-skilled leaders to lead digital transformation across the business. “Biggest digital investment” The employees who are enrolled on the Data Fellowship pro...
18 July 2018
Global manufacturers Unilever and Nestlé have become the first suppliers involved in GS1 UK’s productDNA, a new data service. Working more closely with trading partners ProductDNA was created by barcode standards agency, GS1 UK, in collaboration with its Retail Grocery Advisory Board. The two businesses will use the service to help launch new products with Tesco and Ocado, who already use p...
17 July 2018
Walmart and Microsoft have formed a strategic partnership to further accelerate the retailer’s digital transformation. Optimising Microsoft’s cloud computing capabilities Central to this strategic partnership is Microsoft’s role as the retailer’s preferred cloud provider which will enable Walmart to tap into the tech company’s range of solutions. Building on this, the companies will work to...
16 July 2018
Catalan distribution group, including Bon Preu, Esclat and EsclatOil, is to strengthen its online grocery channel through a partnership with Ocado. New ecommerce website With the alliance, the group will launch a new ecommerce website and app as a short-term priority, possibly later in 2018. New features include searching for favourites or allergens and allowing customers to modify their ba...
02 July 2018
UK-based Tesco and France-based Carrefour have announced an intention to enter into a long-term, strategic alliance. The retailers have said they expect the alliance will be formally agreed in the next two months. Alliance to cover three areas Carrefour and Tesco said the alliance would cover: Strategic relationship  with global suppliers Joint purchasing  of own brand products ...
23 May 2018
UK-based Online grocer Ocado has announced its fifth international deal, with US grocery retailer Kroger. Under the terms of the agreement, Ocado's technology will be used in the US exclusively by Kroger, with the US firm also increasing its investment in the company by five percent. This will bring its investment in Ocado to more than six percent.  Identifying up to 20 sites for development ...
15 May 2018
Barcode standards agency, GS1 UK, has launched its new product data service, productDNA. ProductDNA aims to deliver accurate and consistent data; capturing, managing and distribution information in way that is easily accessed and shared across the supply chain. The productDNA service consists of: A new industry data model for suppliers to share product data with retailers A cloud-base...
14 March 2018
JD.com has launched an initiative to promote the development of future supply chain technologies. Smart supply chain research and innovation The Global Supply Chain Innovation Centre (GSIC) is a hub designed to foster next-generation research and innovation into smart supply chains. Bringing together industry experts, business and academics, it will enable people to share resources, experti...
05 February 2018
Alex Edge, Supply Chain Insight Manager, explores a framework for customer centric supply chains Customer centricity involves shaping your business to create a positive experience at the point of sale and afterwards. It should be built from the shelf back to ensure a positive experience for shoppers. But many traditional supply chain operations are designed to be efficient: high output and l...