Supply Chain Analysis news

20 April 2021
Ocado has announced it is investing £10m in autonomous vehicle software from Oxbotica. Autonomous driving software Oxbotica was founded in 2014 by two Oxford University professors. The autonomous driving software company was the first in the UK to test self-driving vehicles in public. Ocado first partnered with Oxbotica in 2017, conducting a two-week trial using an early prototype deliver...
20 April 2021
Continuing the shifts in membership amongst European buying alliances, Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Schiever have said they are not planning to renew their Horizon purchasing alliance for 2022. Meanwhile, due to these changes and others at AgeCore, Casino and Intermarché have announced the creation of a new alliance. Horizon to end, by mutual consent Auchan, Casino, DIA, Metro and Schie...
20 April 2021
This month Kroger officially launched its new grocery delivery service via its first Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) powered by Ocado. With this new automated warehouse, Kroger has taken a different approach compared to most other major retailers in the US. But can this unique strategy enable Kroger to win in the competitive online channel? The Kroger and Ocado fulfilment model Back in M...
15 April 2021
Walmart has participated in the latest funding round for Cruise, a self-driving, electric vehicle startup. Builds on existing relationship Walmart initially partnered with Cruise last year to develop a delivery pilot in Scottsdale, Arizona. This area been a major focus for the retailer, undertaking several different pilots over recent years. These include programmes with Nuro in Houston, ...
15 April 2021
Aldi has launched its first trial of packaging-free products at its store in Ulverston, Cumbria. Four household staples on offer Basmati rice, brown rice, penne pasta and wholemeal fusilli are being sold loose by weight, while the retailer will provide shoppers with free paper bags, which are fully recyclable and made of material certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Accor...
13 April 2021
Sainsburys and Deliveroo are expanding their delivery partnership nationwide, following a successful trial in 10 stores. 100 stores to offer grocery delivery from Deliveroo app Sainsbury’s and Deliveroo have signed a two year contract, which will provide shoppers the option to order grocery items via the Deliveroo app from 100 stores nationwide, including in Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Y...
09 April 2021
Morrisons is set to remove plastic ‘bags for life’ from its stores. First UK supermarket to completely eliminate plastic bags According to Morrisons, the move, which follows the removal of single-use plastic bags in 2017, will save 3,200 tonnes of plastic per year. Shoppers will be offered instead the option to purchase paper bags that are “reusable, recyclable, water-resistant and tear-r...
07 April 2021
Groupe Casino has announced a partnership with Uber Eats that will enable customers to receive grocery deliveries in less than 30 minutes. Express delivery from nearly 500 stores by autumn 2021 Users will be able to order hundreds of everyday products from the Uber Eats app.  Products include fruits and vegetables, dairy products, dry products, cleaning products, drinks and beauty pro...
07 April 2021
Gatik and Isuzu North America Corporation have agreed to join efforts to develop and build autonomous delivery trucks. A leader in B2B middle-mile logistics Gatik is already working with Walmart in Arkansas and Louisiana , and Loblaw in Canada to deliver goods from distribution centres to stores (known as the middle-mile) using autonomous trucks. The collaboration with Isuzu, an ind...
06 April 2021
Carrefour and Deliveroo have expanded their on demand grocery delivery partnership to France. Service already available in Belgium, Italy and Spain According to Carrefour, the less than 30-minute home delivery service is being launched this week, starting in Paris with plans for a rollout to 10 other major cities over the coming months. In the meantime, the rollout of the grocery delive...