Supply Chain Analysis news

15 August 2018
Supply Chain Capability Manager, Alex Edge, summarises the recent report, How to build a data-driven culture and explores the implications for skills in supply chain. Birthday boy My 31st birthday has just passed, and with that, my 15th anniversary working in supply chain. I’ve been processing data throughout my entire career, making decisions based upon thousands of columns of Excel ...
15 August 2018
Unilever has agreed a distribution deal with China’s largest retailer, JD.com. “Retail-as-a-Service” offering Unilever will use JD’s extensive logistics network to ship its products around the country, for sale in stores owned by JD and other retailers. JD.com refers to this being its “Retail-as-a-Service” offering, making its technology and infrastructure available to partners beyond ...
15 August 2018
Amazon has opened its second fulfillment centre in Australia, in the south western Sydney suburb of Moorebank. Second fulfillment centre in Australia The new centre is the first for the retailer in Sydney and second in Australia, after opening its first in Melbourne in late 2017. The new facility, which at 43,000 sq m is almost double the size of the one in Melbourne, will dramatically improv...
15 August 2018
The discounter aims for its operations in the UK and Ireland to be net carbon neutral by 2019. Investing in environmental and efficient solutions Aldi is taking a multi-pronged approach to reducing its environmental impact, including alternative energy sources and reducing resource usage. This work delivers on Aldi's commitment to the Courtauld 2025 initiative to reduce waste, reduce greenh...
10 August 2018
Walmart and JD.com have invested US$500m to further strengthen their online grocery delivery and logistics firm Dada-JD Daojia. Boosting online to offline experience Dada-JD Daojia offers delivery services to around 100,000 retail stores in China. It partners retailers to offer one-hour delivery for groceries and other items via its network of 5 million bike and scooter riders. Building on...
08 August 2018
Alistair Balderson summarises four IGD Supply Chain Analysis reports, so you can “bring the outside in” and give your annual planning a boost. It’s August, so for many in our industry that means not only holiday time (if you’re lucky), but also annual planning time. A wonderful opportunity to step back from the day-to-day supply chain challenges to think about the big questions. Questions...
07 August 2018
Global food business, Kraft Heinz, has published a new commitment on sustainable packaging. Major 2025 commitment The company committed that by 2025, all its packaging around the world would be recyclable, reusable or compostable. It has already made some major advances in the area, calling out a recent commitment to reduce global packaging use by 50,000 tonnes which was exceeded. And the K...
06 August 2018
Global brewer AB Inbev has launched an innovation investment incubator fund and is looking for applications from start-ups, academics, scientists and others. It has specifically chosen to focus this “100+ Accelerator” programme on the challenges identified in its 2025 Sustainability Goals ( https://100accelerator.com/ ) Long-term sustainability commitment Tony Milikin, AB InBev’s Chief ...
06 August 2018
Walmart is partnering with Alert Innovation to pilot an in-store robotic picking system for grocery ecommerce orders. Alphabot: how it works The Alphabot technology is to be piloted at a supercenter in Salem, New Hampshire. The technology, which has been developed specifically for Walmart, will be housed in a 20,000 sq ft extension connected to the store. This will also serve as a dedicated...
01 August 2018
James Walton explores this cutting-edge technology, running through the concept and the current reality. In particular he looks at a variety of ways it could improve supply chains in coming years. We want Moore In 1965, computing pioneer Gordon Moore suggested that the density of transistors (switches) in an integrated circuit (microchip) would double every two years, ten years – this is ...