Supply Chain Analysis news

17 January 2020
After trialling an online meal order service in Groningen in September 2019, Jumbo has announced it will expand the service to additional locations. Utrecht and Amsterdam, from February 2020 The retailer is operating the service in collaboration with the meal order site Thuisbezorgd.nl. As part of the service, shoppers can order freshly prepared meals, drinks and other food products to thei...
17 January 2020
Ocado has announced it’s investing in developing driverless vehicles and robots that could be used to deliver groceries. Seeking new global partnerships  Tim Steiner, Ocado’s chief executive, told the NRF Big Show, the world’s largest retail conference and exposition, that the online grocer is eying to develop “things like driverless technology” and “what jumps out of that vehicle with the ...
17 January 2020
PepsiCo’s operations in the US is due to be powered soon by 100% renewable sources, such as wind and solar. 20% less greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2030 PepsiCo aims to deliver a 20% reduction in company-wide direct operations (scopes 1 and 2) GHG by 2030, relative to a 2015 baseline. The company is due to adopt a diversified portfolio of solutions, which would include Power Purchase Agr...
14 January 2020
Following rising food waste levels, M&S is due to roll out a new supply chain system across its store estate in 2020. ‘Vanguard’ The new system, called ‘Vanguard’, has been introduced last year as a trial, while being in 90 stores now, and is expected to tackle food waste issues and its associated costs. Although food revenues in the weeks leading to Christmas have been up, “disappointin...
13 January 2020
Walmart is due to introduce shelf-scanning robots to 650 additional US stores by the end of this summer, hence increasing its total fleet to 1000 stores. Designed by Bossa Nova Robotics Inc. The robots, which are designed by San Francisco-based Bossa Nova Robotics Inc., are six-foot tall, and equipped with 15 cameras. They are able to update product availability, flag out-of-stocks and ensu...
13 January 2020
I originally published this blog last year, but it's as relevant now as it was then.  Take a look... The start of each new year provides us with a fantastic opportunity to assess where we are and what we want to achieve in the year to come. It’s a time for locking down objectives and plotting a course to deliver them. While much of the focus is on how to do bigger and better things, a go...
13 January 2020
Ahold Delhaize’s subsidiary, Giant Food Stores, has announced plans to build a new online fulfilment hub and pickup facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Second e-commerce hub in the state The new hub spans across 124,000 square feet, and is due to be the largest Giant Food Stores’ facility in the state of Pennsylvania. The retailer is also planning to build a couple of new locations: ...
10 January 2020
This is the second part of a two-part blog looking into innovation in fresh produce supply chains.  The first part focused on the downstream supply chain, exploring how vertical farming is being used within retail stores to compress supply chains and how innovative preservation techniques can extend shelf-life to reduce the risk of product deterioration and waste.  In this part, we move upstr...
10 January 2020
Walmart has introduced the automated “Alphabot” system, which picks and packs groceries at high speeds to fulfil orders for pickup and online.  The system, which has been developed exclusively for Walmart by Alert Innovation, will help Walmart to compete with Amazon and Kroger for shoppers’ online grocery spending. Source: Walmart   How does the system work? The Alphabot robots m...
09 January 2020
This is the fourth and final blog in a series in which we look at how the supply chain trends we identified for 2019 have panned out. In this instance, I’ll be taking a look at Clarity on circularity . Across the last few years, we’ve witnessed a significant surge in interest with regards to circular economies. Being sustainable is no longer a PR exercise, but an essential step that brings ...