Supply Chain Analysis news

08 October 2018
We look at how European retailers are innovating in online. Increased use of pedestrian Drives in France Pedestrian Drives allow shoppers to place orders online and collect them from convenient locations in the centre of cities or towns. Retailers are marketing them as enabling shoppers to buy from a hypermarket’s range and prices, while not having to leave city centres. Pedestrian Drives are...
03 October 2018
The winners of the IGD Awards 2018 were announced at a glittering ceremony in London last night (2nd Oct). Commenting on the IGD Awards, Nick Downing, Commercial Director at IGD said: “Our industry continues to face some challenging times, yet never fails to impress with inventive ways to keep surprising and delighting shoppers with fresh ideas and great service. Congratulations to all our winn...
03 October 2018
Takeoff Technologies has announced the launch of its first automated hyperlocal fulfillment centre, referred to as the world’s first robotic supermarket. It is being launched in partnership with Sedano’s Supermarkets which has 34 locations catering to Florida’s booming Hispanic community. Takeoff’s automated and AI-enabled robotics assemble full grocery orders in a fraction of the time taken...
03 October 2018
Alan Hayes shares his thoughts on three core issues that will help our supply chain teams and functions be better prepared for change. This follows on neatly from last week’s blog, in which James Walton explored whether Brexit and other forces of change could be the prompt for some fundamental rethinking of our supply chains. Forces of change Competition, technology, shopper preferences, ec...
26 September 2018
German retailer Rewe has opened a new automated warehouse near Cologne to improve fulfilment of online orders. Ecommerce is seeing strong growth in Germany, with Amazon and other pureplay operators launching and Rewe investing heavily amongst others. Automated and flexible The new facility, dubbed ‘Scarlet ONE’ has been built at a cost of EUR 80m, and replaces a previous warehouse which was...
26 September 2018
In a move that could remove 50 tonnes of waste a year, Lidl has announced plans to stop using black plastic across its fruit and vegetable range. Eliminating waste Black plastic is not currently recyclable in the UK as it can’t be detected by plastic recycling sorting systems. Over the coming weeks, Lidl will work to remove the use of black plastic across many of its fruit and vegetable ran...
26 September 2018
James describes some short and long term forces of change affecting FMCG supply chains, and explores whether Brexit could be the prompt for some fundamental rethinking. Approaches to Brexit Brexit is looming closer and the approaching deadline is focusing minds in FMCG businesses, in both the UK and the EU. If, as now seems likely, Brexit occurs at the end of March 2019 without a trade...
25 September 2018
The UK’s largest retailers, manufacturers, food producers, and hospitality and food service companies have committed to a consistent approach to food waste measurement. This approach is at the heart of the new Food Waste Reduction Roadmap, alongside ambitious milestones for industry as a whole. The Roadmap has been developed with IGD and WRAP in consultation with industry, and it encompasses the ...
25 September 2018
Alistair, our head of supply chain insight, examines the major developments in today’s supply chains and reveals his favourite innovation. 1. New tools, data sources and automation are creating extra demands and opportunities This means we must make decisions on new technology more quickly than ever. Do we invest now or wait for the next big thing? How do we integrate systems swiftly and ...
24 September 2018
Walmart has written to suppliers of leafy greens to use blockchain technology to implement real-time, end-to-end product traceability. Reducing cost and time to trace food outbreaks Walmart is launching this initiative following multiple high profile recalls and outbreaks associated with these types of products. Using existing one-step up and one-step-back traceability processes can make tr...