Supply Chain Analysis news

27 February 2019
Sustainability is now at the heart of many companies’ core messages - and the supply chain is making these commitments a reality. Doing good really can be good business and, far from being niche, sustainable practices are now a popular way to differentiate from the competition. But, for sustainability to embed itself into companies’ strategies, it must be seen to add material value.  Assign...
26 February 2019
We’ve recently published the latest report in our ‘ Powered by People ’ research stream. It explores how organisations progress on their journey to becoming digitally capable. It outlines the need for change in this increasingly important area and reviews case studies from the industry. This research follows an excellent report my colleagues in our charity team on the same subject. It helps o...
20 February 2019
Jumbo has started delivering groceries to the centre of Amsterdam, and areas just outside. Customers can order using the Jumbo app or online at Jumbo.com and choose their delivery slot. Jumbo is now offering the choice of a 1 hour or 2-hour timeslot for deliveries within the city centre, giving customers even more flexibility. Flexible shopping In order to increase awareness of the new se...
20 February 2019
Waitrose & Partners is implementing a new design of shelf edge strips to accelerate its sustainability plans. Waitrose will be fitting the Wirth Research (WR) EcoBlade™ in stores from March, and it will reduce the energy consumption of refrigerators by up to 25%.  As well as maintaining a consistent fridge temperature to ensure optimum product quality, the aisles will also feel warmer and ther...
20 February 2019
Practical tests have begun to investigate the transition to emission-free supermarket supply. Albert Heijn is working alongside DAF Trucks, Simon Loos, Peter Appel Transport and TNO to test electric trucks and trailers in cities.  In a European first, these tests will trial fully electric trucks and plug-in hybrid trucks.  The initial goal is to establish the functional and operational require...
19 February 2019
Retail space in central London has been secured by Amazon for rolling out its Amazon Go store concept in the UK, according to reports from The Grocer. Expansion outside the US According to the reports, Amazon has reportedly acquired space in central London for its Amazon Go concept of checkout-free convenience stores. Within the Go stores, sensors and cameras track items that customers pick up...
14 February 2019
Walmart has taken a sideways step in its efforts to rollout same-day delivery to US customers by ending its partnership with Deliv . Walmart began bolstering its partnerships with third-parties last year to improve its online delivery coverage. Deliv was one of its earliest delivery partners, supporting efforts to offer the same day service in 100 US cities. Existing and new partnerships Despite...
13 February 2019
Dutch online grocery retailer, Picnic was founded in 2015. Since then, it has focused on differentiating itself from other grocery delivery services in two key areas. Firstly, Picnic runs a set delivery route rather than delivering to an individual shopper at their specific time and location. Secondly, Picnic focuses on pricing for the mass market, rather than the premium market. A combination of...
13 February 2019
Waitrose has created a virtual shelf signposting a range of goods made by B Corps certified businesses. These companies are committed to ensuring that they balance profit and purpose, and consider the impact of business decisions on the environment and communities. B Corps certified companies are dedicated to using business as a positive force, and the values of these companies are rooted in the ...
11 February 2019
Carrefour is working with Urbasolar and investing in photovoltaic awnings in 36 of its hypermarket car parks. The initiative will support Carrefour’s climate plan. Improving “green” credentials Urbasolar is France’s leading supplier of independent photovoltaic awnings. The installation of these parking canopies will generate electricity for the hypermarkets’ own use. Carrefour is the first reta...