Supply Chain Analysis news

22 November 2018
Dutch retailer Albert Heijn is opening a new distribution centre in Zaandam, with a high level of automation from goods receipt through to loading. It demonstrates how leading businesses are quickly looking to make use of new technology for a more flexible fulfilment network, as we have outlined in our recent Supply Chains For Growth research. Albert Heijn, part of the global Aho...
22 November 2018
At the beginning of the year, we picked out four supply chain trends we expected to gather significant momentum in 2018. As we approach the end of the year, the time has come to review how accurate our predictions were. There’s more information on each in this infographic . Here’s a quick reminder of the four we put forward: The online-offline space invasion Reprioritising skills ...
21 November 2018
Kroger and Ocado will open the first of up to 20 planed Customer Fulfilment Centres (CFC) in Monroe, Ohio. Optimising Kroger’s density in the region Earlier this year, the retailers formed a strategic partnership to optimise Ocado’s technology solutions for its ecommerce operations. The first CFC will be located north of Cincinnati, where Kroger is based. The retailer has significant densit...
21 November 2018
Rewe has opened a new warehouse, located just outside Cologne, which handles 20,000 items. The retailer has taken a high-tech approach in the warehouse to pick and appropriately store products as it looks to build out its omnichannel capabilities. Six distinct cooling zones Rewe said the €80m (US$72m) warehouse is equipped with six distinct cooling zones to meet Germany’s strict food handli...
14 November 2018
Ahold Delhaize held its Capital Markets Day on 13th November, and confirmed that it is the latest business to link with Takeoff Technologies to create new micro-fulfilment centres (MFCs). Source: TakeOff Technologies Enabling omnichannel growth JJ Fleeman, President of Peapod Digital Labs, described a plan to expand the availability of Click and Collect to over 600 stores by 2019, a...
14 November 2018
We held our annual Supply Chain Summit yesterday, with a wealth of great speakers from the food and grocery industry alongside academics and thought leaders, solution providers and a colleague from the automotive industry. Over the coming weeks we will create some summary reports and case studies, but here are my initial reflections on the day, grouped by some key themes that I took away. ...
12 November 2018
Global consumer goods company P&G has announced a change to its product and packaging formats to improve shipping for online orders in particular. The Eco-Box will be launched on the Tide brand, and has some clear advantages for ecommerce: - Reduced packaging (60% less plastic and 30% less water than the comparable Tide pack) - No need for secondary re-boxing or bubble wrap - Ligh...
08 November 2018
Relationships and the ability to work effectively with people have a disproportionate impact on our success. Silos, objectives and the ways we choose to communicate can all be barriers, but there are things we can do to make our investments pay. DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC AS PDF DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC AS PDF Making your business relationships pay: characterising g...
07 November 2018
Co-op has announced plans for a new £45m distribution centre to support its ongoing growth. 100 new stores in 2018 Co-op is currently on-track to open 100 new stores in 2018. The new facility, which will be in Bedfordshire’s Symmetry Park, Biggleswade, will support the retailer’s growth across London, the South, and the South East of England. Construction of the distribution centre is due t...
07 November 2018
  This week, IGD published its keynote piece of supply chain research for 2018, Supply Chains for Growth . It’s a fantastic insight into the future characteristics of our industry’s supply chains and an analysis of the response needed. Kudos to my colleagues Alistair and Chris for a sterling job.   Supply Chains for Growth outlines the elevated impact that a supply chain team ca...