Supply Chain Analysis news

29 October 2019
Automated micro-fulfillment has emerged as one of the key trends in the US grocery ecommerce channel. We recently visited a site with Takeoff Technologies, the leading company in this space with multiple sites operational, to see its model in action. Range of fulfillment models The challenge of developing a profitable model for grocery ecommerce as it scales is underpinning much of the in...
29 October 2019
Amazon’s grocery delivery service, Amazon Fresh, is now a free benefit for Prime members in the US. Free and fast grocery delivery Prime members are now able to receive groceries using Amazon Fresh as a free benefit, with options for fast one- and two- hour delivery windows. Previously, members would pay $14.99 a month for the service. Existing members will be able to benefit from the chang...
28 October 2019
Asda brings forward its target of including 30% of recycled content into its plastic packaging by five years. 2020 instead of 2025 The announcement means that almost a third of Asda’s own-brand plastic packaging will emanate from recycled materials by the end of next year. According to the retailer, the annual amount of virgin plastic used will be reduced by 19,500 tonnes. In addition, t...
28 October 2019
P&G is due to more than double the amount of recycled plastic that’s used in the packaging of its home cleaning products in Europe by 2020. More than 300 million bottles annually  300 million+ bottles across P&G’s domestic cleaning brands will be converted annually to either 100% recycled or partially recycled plastic. Surface cleaning wipes are also due to be converted to 100% recycled fib...
25 October 2019
The Schwarz Group, the parent company of Lidl and Kaufland, has intensified its collaboration with the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). First retailer to become a shareholder of DFKI The Schwarz Group has acquired shares in DFKI, and as a result becomes the first trading company to become one of its 29 shareholders. The Group confirmed that it will closely work ...
25 October 2019
Amazon Australia has launched a new subscription service that allows its consumers to benefit from free deliveries and a 10% discount on household essentials. ‘Subscribe and Save’ In order to benefit from the new program, which has proven popular in other markets, consumers would need to schedule repeat deliveries on an unlimited number of items that are purchased on a regular basis. In add...
24 October 2019
Amazon has rolled out its click and collect service, Amazon Counter, to thousands more locations across the US. New partner locations Amazon Counter offers customers a network of stores where they can collect their online orders from designated pick up points at partner locations. The click and collect option is available to all Amazon customers at no extra cost, offering Same-Day, One-Day,...
24 October 2019
German discounter Lidl has opened a new logistics centre in the municipality of Zalec, in central Slovenia. 70 million euros According to the retailer, the new €70 million logistics centre, spanning 13 hectares, will help shorten transportation times and lower its greenhouse gas emissions. It will also increase the retailer’s storage capacities and upgrade its operations in the country. ...
23 October 2019
Food and grocery delivery service Deliveroo has signed up more than 200 independent and symbol convenience stores and off licences in London, according to reports from The Grocer. On-demand grocery deliveries In an effort to expand its reach of on-demand grocery delivery, Deliveroo has signed up over 200 symbol and independent convenience stores across London. Partner retailers include Budgen...
22 October 2019
We recently published the first in a three-part series benchmarking the building blocks of industry collaboration. To support the work, we gathered the views of over 200 global respondents from mainly commercial and supply chain roles. In this blog, I’ll explore a selection of the key findings. We asked respondents to benchmark their business’s capability in 13 areas. We grouped these into s...