Collaboration and best practice news

22 June 2021
Albertsons is partnering with DoorDash, Gopuff makes two key acquisitions and Uber picks up remainder of Cornershop. We look at what these latest deals mean for the sector. Albertsons partners with Door Dash for on-demand Albertsons is partnering on-demand delivery company, DoorDash, to offer delivery in up to one hour from almost 2,000 stores. Shoppers will be able to order from over 40,00...
18 June 2021
Building on an existing partnership with DroneUp, Walmart is investing in the company to support its work in developing a scalable last-mile delivery solution. Earlier this year, it invested in self-driving company, Cruise. Flights over people and moving vehicles Walmart and DroneUp partnered last year to launch trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. Since the launch, se...
17 June 2021
Unilever is teaming up with Asda and Co-op to ramp up refillable packaging trials across the UK. Participating stores include Glasgow, York, Rugby and Leeds According to Unilever, the aim of these new ‘test and learn’ trials is to gain a deeper understanding of the likelihood and habits of consumers using refillable and reusable packaging. The trials are set to test different refill models,...
15 June 2021
Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland is partnering with Irish startup Manna Aero to provide a drone delivery service in Oranmore, near Galway. “The largest commercial drone delivery trial of its kind in the world” According to Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland, the new drone delivery service is “the largest commercial drone delivery trial of its kind in the world”, with plans...
11 June 2021
Kroger’s second customer fulfillment centre (CFC) powered by Ocado technology is a real milestone as it marks the entry of the retailer in a new state, Florida. Accelerating with digital This month, Kroger opened its second automated CFC in Groveland, Florida. As part of its strategy to accelerate with digital, Kroger is ramping up its ecommerce development. Florida is one of the few states...
10 June 2021
Convenience retailer Circle K has introduced 100 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in its 140,000 square foot distribution centre in Hong Kong. AMRs provided by Geek+ Geek+ is a technology company specialised in advanced robotics and AI technologies, and provides robotics solutions for warehouses and supply chain management. The AMRs will be used to move racks of goods to human employees p...
07 June 2021
Continuing the changes seen amongst European buying alliances, Tesco and Carrefour have announced they have decided ‘not to extend their Purchasing Alliance beyond the three-year operational framework agreed in 2021’. Focus to now switch to working on their own opportunities The retailers said ‘over the last three years, [we] have benefited from a number of joint buying opportunities across...
03 June 2021
Majid Al Futtaim (MAF), which operates the Carrefour brand across the Middle East and Africa, has teamed up with Takeoff Technologies to launch an automated fulfilment centre (FC) at its Carrefour store in Jeddah’s Al-Sulaymaniyah A first-of-its-kind in KSA A first-of-its-kind in the Kingdom, the automated facility reduces orders processing time by up to 50%. Al-Sulaymaniyah is the first ...
03 June 2021
We highlight the most read content from May, picking out some of the key insights from the most viewed reports. We produced our second Fundamentals report which provides guidance for successful management of all types of promotions across the multi-channel landscape. We also explored models food and consumer goods companies are adopting to sell their products online. In addition, we looked...
28 May 2021
As Instacart launches a new 30-minute delivery service in the US, we consider the prospects for shorter delivery times in the market. Service initially available in 15 cities Instacart is rolling-out the new ‘Priority Delivery’ service to customers in more than 15 of the largest cities in the US, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. It will initial...