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21 September 2020
Waitrose announced that it is permanently removing plastic wrapping on all its multi-buy tins, following a successful trial to ditch shrink wraps. 45 tonnes of plastic waste a year According to Waitrose, the move is due to save 45 tonnes of plastic waste each year. Customers are now able to either purchase loose or a cardboard sleeve of baked beans, kidney beans, sweetcorn, chopped tomat...
18 September 2020
Vancouver-based Food X Technologies has signed a strategic partnership with Carrefour Group to accelerate the retailer’s ecommerce capabilities. Integration of Food X technologies by mid-2021 The partnership with Food X Technologies has been formed to support Carrefour in increasing the productivity and profitability of its ecommerce operating systems while enhancing its digital customer e...
14 September 2020
Aldi UK is running a pilot of a grocery click and collect service for the first time. Available to Aldi’s staff, initially At the moment, the trial of the service is being run exclusively for Aldi colleagues from a store in the Midlands. If the trial proves successful, it will be extended to customers and to further stores across the country in the near future. How does it work? Aldi ...
11 September 2020
Tesco is due to team up with Irish drone company Manna Aero to pilot a grocery delivery service using drones.   Within 30 minutes of ordering “Small baskets” that include grocery items will be delivered to customers’ doors within 30 minutes of ordering. The pilot is set to last for six months at Tesco’s store in Oranmore, County Galway. Source: Manna Aero The drones fly at a spee...
10 September 2020
Mondelez International announced it has made “significant” progress in its ongoing sustainable palm oil sourcing efforts. Traceability to plantation and satellite monitoring According to the manufacturer, progress has been made in advancing requirements for traceable, forest-monitored palm oil and confirmed strong progress against sustainable sourcing goals. Traceability to plantation an...
10 September 2020
Brambles, the pooling solutions company specialising reusable pallets, crates and containers and associated logistics services, has reached its target of sourcing 100% of its timber from sustainable sources. Certified by the FSC® or the PEFC™ The timber needs to be sourced from forests that are certified by either Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) or the Program for the Endorsement of Fores...
10 September 2020
Walmart is partnering with Flytrex to pilot drone delivery for grocery and household essential items. Understand the associate and customer experience The pilot is taking place in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The goal of is to take learnings which could form the basis of a larger-scale drone delivery programme. The drones, which are controlled over the cloud using a smart and easy control ...
10 September 2020
The UK retailer has announced a number of measures to enhance its home delivery proposition in the wake of increased demand.  These include a recruitment drive and a London-based trial with Uber Eats. 3,000 new jobs created Iceland Foods chief customer and digital officer, David Devany, said: “We’ve been blown away by the demand for deliveries over the past six months with a four-fold incr...
08 September 2020
The Co-op announced the launch of plastic film recycling scheme in 50 stores. ‘clean it, scrunch it, bin it’   According to the Co-op, the initiative forms part of a major 50-store roll out which aims to tackle plastic pollution and establish an accessible disposal route for the material, which is not currently collected by UK councils. In-store collection points have been setup in the 5...
08 September 2020
Amazon has beefed up its UK research and development hub with a new team dedicated to developing the technology around ‘Scout’, its six-wheel delivery robot. Based in Cambridge Amazon is hiring software development engineers to join the new UK team, which will work on developing its fully-electric autonomous delivery robot. The team will be based at its Cambridge research and development ar...

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