Supply Chain Analysis news

08 November 2019
Amazon is due to invest $40 million in a new robotics innovation hub in Westborough, Massachusetts. To open in 2021 Along with an existing Amazon Robotics facility in North Reading, Massachusetts, the new hub is expected to become “the company’s epicenter of robotics innovation”, according to Amazon. The facility in Westborough will include labs, manufacturing space in addition to office...
08 November 2019
Coca-Cola franchisees are rolling out blockchain technology to manage their cross-party transactions. 160,000 orders per day Coke One North America (CONA), the tech company that manages IT operations for Coca-Cola’s bottlers has started using a blockchain solution that’s been developed by German software company SAP to manage the platform that oversees multiple franchises that manufacture, ...
08 November 2019
Costco and Instacart are joining forces to test a one-hour prescription delivery in California and Washington state. Free for orders over $35 The prescription drug can be delivered to a Costco member’s home or office, and delivery fees are waived for orders over $35, otherwise, delivery prices can vary depending on how fast a member needs the medicines delivered. The one-hour option, which ...
06 November 2019
Sainsbury’s has signed up to the product induction platform called ‘productDNA’, which has been launched back in December 2017 . What is productDNA? ProductDNA, created by barcode standards agency GS1 UK, in collaboration with the Retail Grcoery Advisory Board, aims to deliver accurate and consistent data; capturing, managing and distribution information in way that is easily accessed and ...
05 November 2019
Three additional rail competence centres have been opened in Europe, following a substantial growth in rail freight volumes along the ‘new silk road’ from China to Europe. UK, France and Italy The new competence centres will be based in Felixstowe, UK; Le Havre in France and Genoa in Italy, and are being staffed by China Rail experts who will advise customers and coordinate freight volumes,...
05 November 2019
Aldi is due to trial reusable drawstring bags for loose fruit and vegetables, in a bid to cut single-use plastics. Trial taking place in Scotland, the Midlands and the North of England Shoppers across more than 250 stores will have the option to buy the reusable bags for 25p each. The new bags will replace the free plastic bags that shoppers usually use to put fruit and vegetables into. ...
04 November 2019
Retailers are looking at ways to limit the use of plastic throughout their supply chains. The initiatives aim to balance the need to protect the quality of products, while also reducing their use of plastic and, therefore, their impact on the environment. We look at four ways retailers are aiming to reduce their use of plastics. Asda launches plastic free herbs Asda has introduced plastic-f...
01 November 2019
Kroger has launched a parcel delivery test program, in partnership with FedEx, UPS and USPS. What will the service offer? The program will be called Kroger Package Services (KPS) and will enable customers to have parcels delivered to store, which they can then pick up at their convenience. It will include packages that require a signature, saving customers the hassle of having to wait in fo...
01 November 2019
Amazon Business and Business Prime are now available in Canada, offering industry supplies to businesses, as well as institutions including schools, hospitals and governments. A go-to source for industry supplies Amazon Business provides industry supplies to businesses, as well as institutions including schools, hospitals and governments. Launched in 2015 in the US, the business service now...
29 October 2019
E-commerce is growing in almost all markets, presenting opportunities for retailers and technology firms to innovate and provide faster, safer, cost-effective and environment-friendly delivery alternatives in both the last and middle mile space. However, with unique opportunities come not only operational challenges but also numerous and evolving regulations. To date, the tendency from regul...