Cost to serve news

14 January 2020
Following rising food waste levels, M&S is due to roll out a new supply chain system across its store estate in 2020. ‘Vanguard’ The new system, called ‘Vanguard’, has been introduced last year as a trial, while being in 90 stores now, and is expected to tackle food waste issues and its associated costs. Although food revenues in the weeks leading to Christmas have been up, “disappointin...
06 January 2020
French retailer Carrefour announced the acquisition of Dejbox, a start-up that provides lunch delivery service to office workers. About Dejbox Founded in 2015 by two entrepreneurs, Dejbox is an online canteen for office workers. Essentially, employees can order their lunch online, for the cost of a restaurant voucher (ranging from €5.90 to €8.90) and have it delivered to their workplace wit...
02 January 2020
Amazon is set to increase the fees it charges merchants in the US from February 2020. Logistical investment In February this year, Amazon has announced it will raise the fees it charges its sellers. The online retailer said that in 2019, it invested more than $15bn in infrastructure, people, and programmes, including its Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA) service. 150 new tools and services were al...
16 December 2019
Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, and its parent company Walmart have announced a joint investment in Bengaluru-based fresh produce supply chain management company Ninjacart. Strengthening direct sourcing of fresh produce The new partnership will bolster direct sourcing of fresh produce for Walmart India’s Best Price Modern Wholesale stores and Flipkart’s online grocery arm Flipkar...
06 December 2019
M&S’s vertical farming partnership with Infarm has been extended to six further London stores. Fresh herbs now grown at seven London stores With the success of the Clapham Junction store trial, launched in September, the new roll out brings vertical farming to stores in Bromley, Ealing, Kensington, Marble Arch, Stratford and Kings Road.  The technology means fresh herbs can be grown an...
18 November 2019
AmazonFresh, Amazon’s grocery delivery service, is reducing its delivery charges for its Prime subscribers in Germany. Monthly subscription fee reduced from 9.99€ to 7.99€ In addition to the delivery fee, which is reduced to 3.99€ from a previous 5.99€ for orders worth less than 40€, the monthly membership fee for AmazonFresh has been reduced from 9.99€ to 7.99€. The reduction doesn’t apply...
14 October 2019
Uber announced that it acquired a majority stake in Santiago-based grocery delivery service Cornershop, paving the way for the expansion of its food delivery service. Context Few days ago, Walmart Canada made a deal with Cornershop to expand its trial of express grocery delivery within the Greater Toronto area, while last year, Walmart has tried to buy the same delivery company for $225 m...
02 August 2019
Woolworths in Australia has started building a new AU$135m fresh food distribution centre in Melbourne. New fresh food hub for Victoria The retailer has a 15-year lease on the new 57,000 sq m facility that will be located next to its meat supplier, Hilton Meat's distribution centre, in Truganina, west Melbourne. The new facility, due for completion towards the end of 2020, will replace the re...
21 June 2019
Walmart trials autonomous vehicles (AVs) that operates in the ‘middle mile’ between the retailer’s warehouses and its store-adjacent package pickup kiosks. Ford vans Walmart is using Ford vans that are equipped with self-driving technology developed by Gatik AI, a Sillicon Valley startup. According to its CEO, the vehicles are able to drive up to 200 miles per day in urban areas. So...
28 November 2018
Global food company Kellogg announced a significant initiative to streamline its packaging portfolio in 2019. At its Company Investor Day in November, it described a move to just three standard pack sizes. The main aim of this is to improve consumers’ ability to shop for cereal products, by creating better differentiation between small, medium and large pack sizes. But in doing so, it should...