Supply Chain Analysis news

16 January 2019
Brexit risk rising Brexit is now only weeks away, scheduled for 29th March, but constitutional and diplomatic outcomes remain uncertain.  A Brexit deal exists, agreed by UK and EU negotiators, but this was rejected – emphatically - in the House Of Commons when put to a vote on 15th January.  In fact, it seems unlikely that any vision of Brexit can currently win a majority in Parliament...
16 January 2019
Ahead of the 2019 consumer electronics show (CES) in Las Vegas, JD has opened two smart delivery stations. The two stations are located in the cities of Hohhot and Changsa. Their purpose is to investigate, test and resolve problems with last mile delivery. JD is China’s largest retailer, with coverage of 99% of the population, and has an innovative logistics network that utilises technology to...
16 January 2019
Expansion of the existing network of Pedestrian Drive stores set to increase by the end of January 2019, and AI being used to optimise supply chain. 31 Pedestrian Drive stores opening this month In April 2018 Carrefour opened its first Pedestrian Drives stores in Paris and the Lyon region of France. The additional 31 stores being opened this month will take the total number of stores in thi...
09 January 2019
Tesco customers can place orders via an app for grocery deliveries made by robot. Tesco is working with Starship Technologies to offer customers the ability to order groceries from a Tesco Extra store in Milton Keynes. Deliveries in as little as 15 minutes, within a 2-mile radius of the store, will be possible. There are over 1000 products listed on the Starship App, and customers will pay the...
09 January 2019
Walmart is partnering with Udelv to test its autonomous delivery vans in Surprise, Arizona. Builds on existing driverless deliveries The pilot will see a cargo van customised to support Walmart’s grocery delivery operation. The test builds on existing self-driving car pilots which are underway. These include a pilot program with Ford, and its delivery partner Postmates, and a similar progra...
08 January 2019
The French retailer is opening its new outlet named ‘E. Leclerc Relais’ in Paris on January 9th. The new store will be in the Pedestrian Drive format, which enables customers to place orders online then collect from locations that are conveniently placed within city centres. The Pedestrian Drive setup is different from the usual Drive format as it targets people collecting their orders on foot,...
07 January 2019
Co-op confirms 2019 plans, including 100 new food stores supported by the development of a new distribution centre in Bedfordshire. As part of its £200 million store investment programme, Co-op is planning to build on its convenience strategy by opening new stores and providing major renovations to around 200 stores. Approximately a third of the new stores are planned to be in London and the So...
05 January 2019
On 18th December 2018, DEFRA released its new Waste and Resources Strategy, which is the first policy alteration in England since 2011. A wide ranging strategy report The policy paper details how the government plans to migrate towards a circular economy. The new strategy is ambitious in its scope, seeking to address how we can best preserve material resources, minimise waste and pro...
03 January 2019
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 good proportion of what we end up doing is likely to be a build on last year’s activities. As ever, there a...
02 January 2019
Jumbo has announced strong growth and an increase in market share. Online has performed particularly well, with Jumbo’s share of total online revenue increasing to 4% at the end of 2018. Plans for growth in 2019 Jumbo will focus on a move “from food retail to food experience” says CEO Frits van Eerd. This will include innovation, introducing the Jumbo Food College and an increase of digital...