Supply Chain Analysis news

13 January 2020
Ahold Delhaize’s subsidiary, Giant Food Stores, has announced plans to build a new online fulfilment hub and pickup facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Second e-commerce hub in the state The new hub spans across 124,000 square feet, and is due to be the largest Giant Food Stores’ facility in the state of Pennsylvania. The retailer is also planning to build a couple of new locations: ...
10 January 2020
This is the second part of a two-part blog looking into innovation in fresh produce supply chains.  The first part focused on the downstream supply chain, exploring how vertical farming is being used within retail stores to compress supply chains and how innovative preservation techniques can extend shelf-life to reduce the risk of product deterioration and waste.  In this part, we move upstr...
10 January 2020
Walmart has introduced the automated “Alphabot” system, which picks and packs groceries at high speeds to fulfil orders for pickup and online.  The system, which has been developed exclusively for Walmart by Alert Innovation, will help Walmart to compete with Amazon and Kroger for shoppers’ online grocery spending. Source: Walmart   How does the system work? The Alphabot robots m...
09 January 2020
This is the fourth and final blog in a series in which we look at how the supply chain trends we identified for 2019 have panned out. In this instance, I’ll be taking a look at Clarity on circularity . Across the last few years, we’ve witnessed a significant surge in interest with regards to circular economies. Being sustainable is no longer a PR exercise, but an essential step that brings ...
08 January 2020
At the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that’s taking place in Las Vegas, blockchain start-up Farmer Connect has introduced a new mobile application called “Thank My Farmer”, which allows coffee drinkers to trace the origins of their coffee. A result of a global partnership The solution, which uses the blockchain technology behind IBM’s Food Trust platform, has been developed in partner...
06 January 2020
As ethical consumer spending reaches record levels, Co-op has committed to ensuring that 100% of its own-brand packaging is recyclable by the summer of 2020, bringing forward the original 2023 deadline. In-store collection scheme The UK retailer has already removed all black plastics from own-brand lines and rolled out compostable carrier bags.  The last big challenge for Co-op in reaching ...
06 January 2020
French retailer Carrefour announced the acquisition of Dejbox, a start-up that provides lunch delivery service to office workers. About Dejbox Founded in 2015 by two entrepreneurs, Dejbox is an online canteen for office workers. Essentially, employees can order their lunch online, for the cost of a restaurant voucher (ranging from €5.90 to €8.90) and have it delivered to their workplace wit...
03 January 2020
Co-op, the major UK convenience retailer, has set out plans to extend its reach in online sales in 2020. Same-day city-centre delivery to roll-out to 650 stores Over the next 12 months same-day delivery services will be made available across almost 100 towns and cities.  This will be facilitated by the expansion of both the Co-op's in-house delivery operation shop.coop.co.uk and its partner...
03 January 2020
The US grocer has announced new initiatives in its ‘Zero Hunger, Zero Waste’ plan, which aim to achieve its ambition of eliminating food waste across its supply chain by 2025. What’s been added? Essentially, Kroger is due to accelerate its food donations, which will amount to a billion meals by 2020, and three billion meals by 2025. In addition, the grocer will also team up with WWF (W...
03 January 2020
Stop & Shop, a subsidiary of Dutch retailer Ahold Delhaize based in the US, is planning to open a DC at a former JCPenney facility in Manchester, Connecticut. A 15-year lease Stop & Shop is due to use 975,000 square feet of the 1.95 million square feet facility, while JC Penney agreed to stay in the remaining space. Stop & Shop plans to acquire the facility in April. The move forms part ...