Supply Chain Analysis news

11 March 2019
Target's omnichannel strategy is supporting growth and cost reduction. Investment plan delivering for the business Recent results reflect the progress that’s been made in transforming Target over the last two years as it has set out to become “America’s easiest place to shop.” In 2017 it put in place a major investment programme to reimagine its stores, re-engineer its supply chain, build new ...
11 March 2019
Midcounties Co-operative has become the first UK retailer to make it a requirement for suppliers to provide information about the source of their products. By introducing new scanning technology, customers are able to view the ingredients used in products sold under the ‘Best of our Counties’ range.  The technology was introduced at a store in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, one of ...
06 March 2019
Amazon’s new delivery service, Amazon Day, gives Prime members the option to pick a day of the week to take a delivery of their recent orders. Shoppers are able to add items throughout the week to be delivered on their chosen day by selecting “Amazon Day” as the checkout option. Prime members can order products for Amazon Day delivery up to two days before the designated day. However, those who ...
06 March 2019
Walmart issued new commitments on plastic reduction at its annual supplier forum. Walmart is working with suppliers to improve the sustainability of its private label brand packaging, the primary goals being to increase recyclability and to make it easier for customers to recycle. The retailer confirmed that it is aiming to achieve the following commitments with its US private brand suppliers: ...
05 March 2019
By the end of 2019, UK stores could have vegetables grown in store. John Lewis has confirmed that it is working with Lettus Grow to install aeroponic containers to grow the plants in store. The company is based in Bristol and is currently growing vegetables such as red cabbage, kale, salads and micro-herbs in a disused railway tunnel. The vertical growing units are soil free, meaning they can ...
05 March 2019
The new initiative uses an app to minimise food waste in Quebec stores. Loblaw has partnered with Flashfood to offer customers the opportunity to purchase discounted food in a service operating across nine Maxi stores in Quebec.  The retailer aims to have the scheme available in 113 Maxi stores and 25 Provigo stores in Quebec by the end of April. Reducing food waste is a key issue for co...
27 February 2019
Walmart is piloting a new programme to move goods directly on trains. It has developed its own collection of intermodal containers and is using its own drivers to move them from rail hubs to Walmart stores.  The pilot was launched in the summer of 2018 and is operating in Southern California.  This is an innovative step for a retailer, but demonstrates how understanding, and ownership of s...
27 February 2019
Aldi has opened a £50 million distribution centre on the Isle of Sheppey. The warehouse will be the tenth distribution centre in the UK and will have a footprint 645,834 sq. ft. It will support store operations in the south-east by delivering to around 60 stores.  The south-east has been identified by Aldi as an area for potential growth in coming years. Supporting expansion Ben Shotter, A...
27 February 2019
M&S will gain a 50% share in Ocado’s UK retail business for £750m. The joint venture will be known as Ocado and will deliver M&S products from September 2020 at the latest, when the current deal with Waitrose & Partners is due to expire. The deal will allow Ocado to supply its own branded products, M&S items and third-party branded items. Ocado currently supplies about 4,500 Waitrose branded pro...
27 February 2019
Carrefour has signed the national pact for phasing out plastic packaging by 2025. Carrefour is one of many businesses to have signed an agreement with the ministry of ecological transition in France, solidifying its commitment to reducing plastic packaging use for good.   Source: Carrefour In 2018, Carrefour committed to ensuring all of the packaging used in its products being recyclabl...