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16 May 2018
JD.com has invested $306m in China’s second largest logistics company, ESR. Expanding across Asia JD.com’s logistics arm, JD Logistics, has invested in e-Shang Redwood (ESR) in order to strengthen their existing relationship and create an improved logistics service across Asia Pacific. ESR is China’s second largest logistics business, operating over 10m square metres of warehouse space acro...
04 May 2018
Co-op customers in Milton Keynes can now have their groceries delivered by robot.  The Monkston branch has been trialling unaccompanied robot delivery for the past four weeks, promoting the service using targetted local social media marketing. Between 10-15 robots are being used and around 1,000 orders have been dispatched since the project went live a month ago. Robots "understand" their envi...
20 April 2018
Sainsbury's has become the UK's first grocer to trial electric cargo bicycles for its grocery home delivery service. Speed and environmental advantages The trial will test the potential for electric bikes as a more efficient way to deliver groceries to customers in congested cities and offers distinct advantages. Bikes can make use of cycle and bus lanes and can achieve point to point del...
20 March 2018
As it looks to expand its ecommerce offer in Paris, Leclerc has strengthened its position by signing an agreement with ID logistics. Paris to act as testing ground for Leclerc The retailer is set to use Paris as a test bed for initiatives to help it target shoppers in large cities, both in terms of physical stores and digital commerce. The new agreement will see ID Logistics support Leclerc...
07 March 2018
Tesco and Booker have confirmed that their merger has become effective as of 8am on 5 March 2018, following court approval. Resounding 'yes' vote from both sets of shareholders The completion of the merger follows a resounding vote in favour of the deal last week, with 85% of Tesco shareholders and 83% of Booker shareholders backing the merger. The merger will result in a vertically-integra...
07 March 2018
German discounter, Rewe, has stated that it intends to invest over a billion euros in its logistics network. Seven automated facilities The discounter plans to invest in seven new logistics facilities, one in each of Rewe’s regions in Germany. All of Rewe’s 19 existing distribution centres will either be overhauled and fully automated or closed. The first facilities are expected to be opera...
20 February 2018
JD.com has raised US$2.5bn for its logistics subsidiary, in order to invest in new automation technologies. Investing in new technologies The online retailer has entered into definitive agreements for the financing of its logistics subsidiary, JD Logistics. The total amount raised is expected to be around $2.5bn. JD.com will remain the majority shareholder of JD Logistics with an 81.4% stak...
14 August 2017
IGD’s Chief Economist James Walton explores how artificial intelligence (AI) may impact supply chain logistics. From brute force to deep learning AI has a long history – the foundations of current technologies developed in the 1950s and 60s - machines capable of learning appeared in 1954 1 and pattern recognition in 1956 2 . Since then AI has split into specialisms and important advances h...
17 May 2017
Carrefour has announced that it is trialling a number of urban agricultural projects. Trial sees fresh produce grown on roof of its HQ Carrefour said that it is growing fruit and vegetables on the roof of its office in Massy, in the southern suburbs of Paris. The retailer said that it is using 200 sq. m of its roof space to grow produce using an aeroponics system in conjunction with start-u...
16 May 2017
2 Sisters Food Group has invested £10m in technology and innovation at one of its facilities. £10m investment Leading UK food manufacturer, 2 Sisters Food Group has invested £10m in its prepared meals facility in South Wales. The investment was used for new technology and innovation in the production of Oriental foods at the manufacturer’s Rogerstone site, the largest prepared meals facilit...