Supply Chain Analysis news

07 November 2018
Mercadona is constructing a new logistics platform in Barcelona, exclusively for online orders. It is expected to be operational by 2020, according to Europa Press. ‘Colmena’ or the hive, is the name Mercadona gives to its warehouses dedicated to online orders. First online warehouse in Barcelona The warehouse will be Mercaona’s first in Barcelona that is dedicated to online orders. It mark...
07 November 2018
IGD’s new flagship report makes it clear that technology will be critical to driving growth through supply chain innovation. The underlying infrastructure needs to be in place for this to be successful, partly driven by private-sector collaborations but partly driven by public sector investment. Supporting digital developments As part of a drive towards greater productivity in the UK,...
31 October 2018
Walmart is to build a new distribution centre using new technologies and automation. A first for Walmart The new distribution centre, which will be in California, will be the retailer’s first highly-automated facility. Working with WITRON, Walmart will process delicate or perishable products at the distribution centre, including fresh produce and eggs. Using technology to enhance p...
31 October 2018
In the lead up to the world’s biggest shopping day, Alibaba’s logistics affiliate has opened a facility that uses 700 robots. Introducing the Cainiao Future Park The Cainiao Future Park in Wuxi, near Shanghai, has opened just in time for Singles Day (11 th November), the world’s largest shopping event. The facility uses technology and over 700 robots to control everything from temperature ...
31 October 2018
The shopping environment is changing rapidly, as is the external environment which affects our supply chains. This creates a significant opportunity for the supply chain function to develop new solutions, processes and consumer offerings. IGD has been looking more closely at how organisations can capture this opportunity, and I’m pleased to share a summary of our findings with you. The full ...
31 October 2018
Albertsons is set to become the first national grocer in the US to pilot and implement a robotic picking and micro-fulfilment solution for grocery ecommerce. Utilising a range of ecommerce models Albertsons is partnering with Takeoff Technologies to launch an automated ecommerce fulfilment centre. The pilot is set to launch next year. The retailer currently operates a range of ecommerce mod...
29 October 2018
The UK government this week announced that it would introduce a new tax in 2022 to discourage the use of non-recycled plastic packaging. The exact details are subject to consultation, but it is likely to apply to manufacturers or retailers, in a similar way to the soft drinks “sugar tax” introduced earlier this year. Encouraging the circular economy The levy will be intended to incentivise ...
25 October 2018
Connected washing machines and a robot delivering gin. These were just two of the unexpected things I experienced at last week’s IGD Digital Commerce event. I attended the second day of this visionary event, and I took away quite a few insights and reflections from the day. You’ll be aware that the IGD Supply Chain Summit is coming soon, and I’m sure that will be just as insightful a d...
24 October 2018
We look at the latest initiatives from Walmart Canada, including mobile check-in and the launch of Pickup Towers. 1. Launching mobile check-in With the expansion of its grocery pickup service to stores in Regina, Halifax, Moncton, Victoria and Quebec City, Walmart Canada has launched a mobile check-in service. Integrated into the retailer’s app, the service enables customers to notify the s...
24 October 2018
In a bid to reduce food waste, Kroger is to launch a private label brand that focuses on imperfect fruit and vegetables. Pickuliar Picks: ‘imperfect, but perfectly delicious’ Kroger has announced plans to introduce Pickuliar Picks produce into its store in Q1 2019. The brand focuses on produce that meets all taste and safety standards but would previously have been rejected for aesthetic re...