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07 February 2020
Chinese e-commerce players Alibaba and JD have launched logistics solutions for the medical workforce that combats the coronavirus epidemic in China. Technology at the service of medical staff On the one hand, Alibaba has introduced a global B2B sourcing platform that connects the medical frontline staff to medical goods suppliers. The goods purchased on this platform will be delivered to h...
05 February 2020
Packaging supplier DS Smith is looking to reduce the volume of packaging produced and increase the use of recyclable materials in order to meet pan-industry sustainability goals. 100% reusable or recyclable packaging by 2025 Sam Jones, sustainability strategy and communications manager at DS Smith, said: “ A significant portion of our customers have their own targets on sustainable packagin...
05 February 2020
This blog highlights the need for businesses to take a holistic view of environmental sustainability that goes beyond the role of plastic packaging. Businesses are facing intense pressure to act fast to reduce the amount of plastic used in the products they make and sell. Consumers’ demand for action continues to grow, driven by concerns about the environment and, in particular, the negative...
04 February 2020
The German discounter Aldi has opened a new £64 million distribution centre in Sawley, Derbyshire. Spanning over 600,000 sq ft According to Aldi, the new site, which is located close to where the borders of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire meet, is due to serve 80 stores across the East Midlands. It is expected also that the new distribution centre, Aldi’s 11th in the UK, will...
03 February 2020
Dutch retailer Albert Heijn is due to open two Home Shop Centres (HSCs) in the Netherlands, hence doubling the capacity of its home delivery network. Oosterhout and Bleiswijk The HSCs span across 20,000 square metres, and will be able to process around 40,000 orders per week. According to Albert Heijn, both locations, which are expected to open at the end of this year or early next year, wi...
03 February 2020
With people significantly reduce the time spent outdoors, online grocery sales are soaring in China. Retailers saw explosion of online orders With Chinese nationals being advised to stay at home during Chinese New Year holiday amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, demand for fresh food and household items has soared. Walmart’s delivery business, JD Daojia, reported a five-fold increase ...
29 January 2020
Majid Al Futtaim has signed a partnership deal with Takeoff Technologies, which will see the latter’s micro-fulfilment centres added to Carrefour stores in the UAE and Saudi Arabia by 2021. ‘Several’ micro-fulfilment centres to be built Announcing the partnership, Majid Al Futtaim said it build ‘ several ’ micro-fulfilment centres, without giving a firm number. Takeoff Technologies' automat...
28 January 2020
Sainsbury’s, the second largest grocer in the UK, has committed to investing £1bn towards cutting its carbon emissions across its operations to zero by 2040. Aligned with the highest ambition of the Paris Climate Agreement According to a statement released by Sainsbury’s, the £1billion investment will be used to implement a set of actions that focuses on reducing carbon emissions, food wast...
24 January 2020
Aldi Ireland has announced it will be running its 'Grow with Aldi' supplier development programme for the third year in a row, in 2020. So far, the retailer has invested €1.5m in this initiative over three years, in association with Bord Bia. We look at what this means for Irish suppliers in more detail. Source: Aldi Ireland What? The 'Grow with Aldi' programme is a competition for ...
24 January 2020
Following an earlier announcement that it would open a Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC) in partnership with Ocado in the mid-Atlantic region, Kroger has confirmed that it will be developed in Frederick, Maryland. Six sites announced to date Opening in this location will enable Kroger to target the populous northeast region, including Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, with its gr...