Supply Chain Analysis news

31 October 2018
In the lead up to the world’s biggest shopping day, Alibaba’s logistics affiliate has opened a facility that uses 700 robots. Introducing the Cainiao Future Park The Cainiao Future Park in Wuxi, near Shanghai, has opened just in time for Singles Day (11 th November), the world’s largest shopping event. The facility uses technology and over 700 robots to control everything from temperature ...
31 October 2018
The shopping environment is changing rapidly, as is the external environment which affects our supply chains. This creates a significant opportunity for the supply chain function to develop new solutions, processes and consumer offerings. IGD has been looking more closely at how organisations can capture this opportunity, and I’m pleased to share a summary of our findings with you. The full ...
31 October 2018
Albertsons is set to become the first national grocer in the US to pilot and implement a robotic picking and micro-fulfilment solution for grocery ecommerce. Utilising a range of ecommerce models Albertsons is partnering with Takeoff Technologies to launch an automated ecommerce fulfilment centre. The pilot is set to launch next year. The retailer currently operates a range of ecommerce mod...
29 October 2018
The UK government this week announced that it would introduce a new tax in 2022 to discourage the use of non-recycled plastic packaging. The exact details are subject to consultation, but it is likely to apply to manufacturers or retailers, in a similar way to the soft drinks “sugar tax” introduced earlier this year. Encouraging the circular economy The levy will be intended to incentivise ...
25 October 2018
Connected washing machines and a robot delivering gin. These were just two of the unexpected things I experienced at last week’s IGD Digital Commerce event. I attended the second day of this visionary event, and I took away quite a few insights and reflections from the day. You’ll be aware that the IGD Supply Chain Summit is coming soon, and I’m sure that will be just as insightful a d...
24 October 2018
We look at the latest initiatives from Walmart Canada, including mobile check-in and the launch of Pickup Towers. 1. Launching mobile check-in With the expansion of its grocery pickup service to stores in Regina, Halifax, Moncton, Victoria and Quebec City, Walmart Canada has launched a mobile check-in service. Integrated into the retailer’s app, the service enables customers to notify the s...
24 October 2018
In a bid to reduce food waste, Kroger is to launch a private label brand that focuses on imperfect fruit and vegetables. Pickuliar Picks: ‘imperfect, but perfectly delicious’ Kroger has announced plans to introduce Pickuliar Picks produce into its store in Q1 2019. The brand focuses on produce that meets all taste and safety standards but would previously have been rejected for aesthetic re...
23 October 2018
A new home delivery service is to start in London, delivering groceries from Aldi stores. Home Run takes orders online, and uses personal shoppers to go into stores to pick the goods. The company then offers delivery to addresses in central London within 2 hours. Last mile couriers Home Run already fulfils orders from Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Tesco, but it charges a premium on some pro...
22 October 2018
Amazon is searching for space to build its fourth distribution centre in Mexico, according to reports from Reuters. The distribution centre, if opened, will help support the retailer’s growth in the country’s ecommerce market. Amazon targets Queretaro… Amazon hopes to build the distribution centre in Queretaro and has already considered several properties. The company needs 50 acres of land...
18 October 2018
How is your performance currently measured? If, like me, you have a mix of different objectives, each contributing to a different part of the organisation’s wider strategy, with several tangible deliverables helping you achieve them, you’re in good company. It’s not very exciting, but that’s the reality for most. A better question might be how will your performance be measured in future? ...