Supply Chain Analysis news

29 April 2019
As a part of its new Prime Air service, Amazon is seeking to find a drone operator in Cambridge. Cambridgeshire: A testing ground for Amazon’s drones Amazon is planning to use drones to deliver parcels weighing under five pounds in just 30 minutes. To achieve this, it has been testing drones in the Cambridgeshire countryside, which is home to the largest testing facility in the UK. Other te...
29 April 2019
Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe join consortium founded by Carbios, a green chemistry organisation and L’Oréal that aims to support the circular plastics economy and promote the use of more recyclable packaging. Sustainable technology using highly specific enzymes Carbios argues that is uses highly specific enzymes that have the ability to recycle much broader PET ...
26 April 2019
Amazon has announced on Thursday that it plans to halve shipping times for its Prime customers. Essentially, the current two-day free shipping time will turn into a one-day free shipping offer. $800 million investment In order to achieve this target, Amazon plans to invest $800 million in the second quarter of 2019. It did not offer a timeline of when the new offer will be effectively rolle...
25 April 2019
XPO Logistics’ first sustainability report has been released this week. It highlights the company’s initiatives in Europe and North America within safety, engagement, workplace inclusion and environmental protection areas. Essentially, the company has deployed efforts across most of its warehouses to reduce energy use and increase efficiencies. Furthermore, it’s aiming to roll out more fuel-ef...
24 April 2019
Amazon announced on Tuesday that “Key for Garage”, its new in-garage delivery service, is now available for its Prime customers. Right equipment needed to use the service Eligible customers would need to have a specific kind of garage door that’s compatible with the myQ technology, along with a lock and camera system that can be operated remotely. To that end, Amazon now offers Key Smart Ga...
24 April 2019
In the aftermath of Earth Day 2019, we’ve brought together the latest initiatives undertaken by several supermarket chains in the US. In this overview, we’ll look at Aldi’s efforts to introduce more hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) - free refrigeration systems in its stores, while Save Mart intends to run all its transport operations using 100% renewable drop-in diesel. We’ll also review how Albertsons a...
24 April 2019
The US Federal Aviation Administration has granted Google’s offshoot “Wing Aviation” its approval to start delivering goods using drones later this year. The go-ahead will allow “Wing Aviation” to operate drone deliveries of food, medicine and small consumer goods in Blacksburg, Virginia. US secretary of transport Elaine L. Chao said: “This is an important step forward for the safe testing and...
23 April 2019
French grocer Casino is teaming up with Amazon following a successful stint that took place last year which saw its upmarket subsidiary Monoprix implement, in collaboration with Amazon, rapid deliveries to Amazon’s prime Now service members in the French capital. Expansion into additional cities According to Casino, this service will be expanded outside the boundaries of Paris onto new loca...
23 April 2019
Asda aims to ban all single-use plastic from its supermarket cafés by the end of 2019. Ongoing efforts to ban plastic The trial forms part of several retailer's ongoing efforts to ban the material. In fact, the grocer has already removed plastic items from its Beeston store (Leeds), including straws, disposable cups and cutlery. It has introduced instead wooden cutlery, paper straws and foo...
23 April 2019
Amazon and Walmart partake in the two-year long US department of Agriculture (USDA) SNAP pilot programme that aims to extend the reach of online shopping into low-income consumers. Two-year trial Amazon and Walmart are currently trialling a two-year pilot programme that has been launched by the USDA which will allow Supplemental Nutrition Programme (SNAP) recipients to pay for groceries onl...