Cost to serve news

15 October 2018
Auchan Retail is launching its first pedestrian Drive in France. Meeting rising shopper expectations Auchan France's pedestrian Drive in Lille promises to “ meet the expectations and lifestyles of an active urban clientele, keen to shop quickly, at the best price". Price incentives to customers The 130 sq. m Drive is open from 09:00 to 21:00 from Monday to Saturday. Orders are plac...
10 October 2018
Coles has announced that it plans to open two new automated distribution centres over the next five years. Bringing global best practice to Australia Coles has partnered with Witron Logistics, a specialist in automated warehousing, to open the two ambient facilities. The new centres will be a big step forward for Coles in terms of modernising its supply chain, which delivers over 1bn carton...
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...
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...
19 September 2018
Spar has announced plans for an automated site in the Netherlands. The move will increase the retailer’s ability to service its growing portfolio of stores in a more efficient way. It will also relieve pressure on the existing site in Waalwijk, which has been struggling to service growing demand. There are two key reasons for this. Firstly, an increase in volume generated by 130 Express stor...
18 September 2018
Lidl, the fast-growing German discount retailer, has bought a site near Leeds to build its 17th regional distribution centre (RDC) in the UK. The company currently has 12 RDCs in operation and the Leeds site is the 5th in their pipeline of new warehouses: Doncaster, Bolton, Peterborough and Luton. The business has over 700 stores currently, supporting its market share of over 5% and growth r...
10 September 2018
Australian retailer Woolworths has spoken more about its new automated distribution centre, which we highlighted in April 2018. The DC isn’t due to open until February 2019 but is being tested now. AU$500m project It’s been reported that the facility being built near Melbourne will now cost over AU$500m, but the automation will deliver not just efficiencies in supply chain operations. It wi...
06 September 2018
The modernisation of Target’s supply chain operations was demonstrated recently when they ran an event to compete with Amazon’s Prime Day sale. Keeping operations running smoothly At the retailer’s recent Q2 investor call, the senior team described how the one-day event created their biggest digital sales day outside of a holiday season, driving sales of nearly three times forecast. John Mu...
20 August 2018
Walmart has completed the acquisition of Flipkart, India’s leading ecommerce business, following plans announced earlier this year. The retailer is now the largest shareholder in the Flipkart Group. Walmart takes 77% share of the business Flipkart is India's largest online marketplace. Founded in 2007, it sells 8m products across 80 categories. It has 100m registered users, 100,000 sellers,...
15 August 2018
Amazon has opened its second fulfillment centre in Australia, in the south western Sydney suburb of Moorebank. Second fulfillment centre in Australia The new centre is the first for the retailer in Sydney and second in Australia, after opening its first in Melbourne in late 2017. The new facility, which at 43,000 sq m is almost double the size of the one in Melbourne, will dramatically improv...