Supply Chain Analysis news

09 April 2019
We’ve brought together the latest news and initiatives relating to recycling and sustainability. In this round-up, we’ll review how Tesco is planning to trial a new innovative system that converts plastic to oil, while Asda is set to launch a partnership that aims to increase the recyclability of baby food pouches. We’ll also look at Aldi’s pledge to develop fully sustainable packaging by 2025, w...
09 April 2019
Wing, the drone delivery company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, is launching its first public drone delivery service in Australia, albeit in a limited capacity. Focus on rural areas ‘Wing’ is an autonomous delivery drone service which aims not only to increase access to goods in rural areas but also to reduce CO2 emissions generated by traffic congestion in cities. The trial s...
09 April 2019
An order worth $150M, which involves building sites for US national and regional grocery retailers has been confirmed. The project paves the way to expanding ecommerce fulfilment capabilities. Multi-million, multi-site order KNAP, an international operator in warehouse logistics and automation, and Takeoff Technologies have confirmed this week a $150m, 50 site order that will boost their partne...
03 April 2019
Waste valorisation describes re-processing of wasted or discarded materials to create something new, which has market value. Waste valorisation activities include recycling (eg: turning old newspapers into toilet tissue) and waste-to-energy (eg: turning spent cooking oil into motor fuel). Simple re-use of products (eg: washing and refilling an empty glass milk bottle) may not count as val...
03 April 2019
Following a trial in August last year, Lidl has announced it will offer customers in its England, Scotland and Wales stores 5kg boxes filled with fruit and vegetables for £1.50. The produce included, will be slightly damaged, discoloured or deteriorated but still edible. The “Too Good To Waste” boxes will be created daily in store and will be available to purchase from when stores open until midd...
03 April 2019
Ahold Delhaize is rolling out artificial intelligence to overhaul the way its US businesses order food from suppliers. Initial focus on short life The technology, developed by Reflex Systems will be used in Food Lion, Stop & Shop, Giant Food and Giant/Martin’s stores. The AI is designed to improve how buyers predict and aggregate demand across large numbers of stores. Initially, the roll ou...
02 April 2019
Daimler Trucks has acquired a majority stake in Torc Robotics, a vehicle automation specialist based in Virginia, US. Torc Robotics has developed an autonomous software solution for applications including self-driving cars and transit vehicles. Its solutions have been used on an array of vehicles, from cars up to mining trucks. A joint development team Daimler has been working on the developmen...
01 April 2019
We look in more detail at how Tesco is trialling removing plastic packaging on some of its fruit and vegetables. Plastic-free for 45 products In an effort to reduce plastic waste Tesco has launched a month-long trial to remove plastic packaging on a selection of its fruit and vegetables. The trial will take place in its Watford and Swindon stores. The plastic packaging will be removed from 45...
27 March 2019
The John Lewis Partnership has committed to making its transport fleet zero carbon by 2045. The move will involve switching 3,200 trucks, trailers and vans to zero-emission vehicles. Currently, transport emissions contribute over 40 per cent to the company’s overall carbon footprint, meaning the switch will be a significant contributor to the partnership’s target to reduce operational greenhouse...
26 March 2019
There has been a lot of activity concerning retailers and their last mile delivery partners recently. Several retailers have cut ties with existing partners or cut schemes altogether, while others have decided now is the time to commit. So, what’s going on? Why are some retailers pulling back, while others are investing? Let’s start by looking at what’s expected of a delivery scheme. Each is ...