Supply Chain Analysis news

02 January 2020
Amazon is set to increase the fees it charges merchants in the US from February 2020. Logistical investment In February this year, Amazon has announced it will raise the fees it charges its sellers. The online retailer said that in 2019, it invested more than $15bn in infrastructure, people, and programmes, including its Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) service. 150 new tools and services were al...
23 December 2019
Fresh produce supply chains are notoriously difficult to manage, facing unique challenges that are not always present in the supply chains of other goods. The challenges begin in the field, with production yields and quality dependent upon factors beyond human control, such as weather.  Difficulties continue as the product moves downstream, with fresh produce being prone to deterioration and...
20 December 2019
Amazon has announced plans to open a new fulfilment centre in Darlington, County Durham.  The 1.5m square-foot site will be the retailer’s first fulfilment centre in the North East and will create more than 1,000 new permanent jobs. Advanced Amazon Robotics technology The Darlington site will use advanced Amazon Robotics technology, with robots sliding under a tower of shelves where product...
19 December 2019
Leading Australian retailer Coles Group has selected Infor Nexus for its global trade platform.  This forms part of a wider IT transformation project by Coles, which has also involved the adoption of SAP S/4HANA and SAP Ariba for finance and procurement systems improvement. Real-time international stock visibility Infor Nexus will provide the following benefits to Coles: Real time vis...
17 December 2019
This is the third blog in a series in which we review how the supply chain trends we identified for 2019 have played out. This week, I’ll be looking at Micro-fulfilment on a macro scale . Today’s fast-moving retail environment prompts grocers to be proactive in order to stay ahead of competitors and meet consumers’ soaring expectations. One way retailers have tackled this is through a relat...
17 December 2019
Marks & Spencer recruits Chris Marrow, former Sainsbury’s logistics director, to fill a key role at its Food division. Ramping up its resources The hire comes at a point of time when M&S is getting ready to embark in its grocery delivery tie-up with Ocado , due to become operational next September. Under the new partnership, Ocado is set to offer over 6500 M&S food products. Ahead of th...
17 December 2019
Amazon has announced the expansion of its Amazon Fresh one and two-hour delivery services to additional US cities across three states. Virginia, North Carolina and Florida The service has been introduced to Virginia Beach, Virginia; Charlotte, North Carolina and Tampa, Florida. Back in November, the service was also launched in Columbus, Ohio. To support its ambition, Amazon has opened a...
16 December 2019
Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, and its parent company Walmart have announced a joint investment in Bengaluru-based fresh produce supply chain management company Ninjacart. Strengthening direct sourcing of fresh produce The new partnership will bolster direct sourcing of fresh produce for Walmart India’s Best Price Modern Wholesale stores and Flipkart’s online grocery arm Flipkar...
13 December 2019
Albertsons has formed a strategic partnership with micro-fulfilment firm Takeoff Technologies, whereby the grocer is due to invest in additional micro-fulfilment centres (MFCs). Dedicated teams to enhance collaboration The partnership involves the creation of dedicated teams to collaborate on micro-fulfilment and “drive the future of e-commerce order fulfilment.” Takeoff’s automated and ...
12 December 2019
Building on their existing collaboration, Kroger and Walgreens will join forces to source a number of products together, through a joint venture called Retail Procurement Alliance. Aim to deliver cost savings and increase efficiencies  By identifying any overlap in the products they both merchandise, the new group purchasing organisation (GPO) aims to increase purchasing efficiencies as the...