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11 September 2019
Uber to invest $200 million annually in its Uber Freight operation. Uber Freight, which launched in 2017, has ambitious plans to grow its US operation and is currently in the process of expanding into the European market. The business, which will operate out of a new office in Chicago, plans to hire 2,000 employees over the next three years. The site will be Uber’s first engineering hub outside ...
29 August 2019
Kroger has received permission to build a new automated fulfilment centre in Dallas, Texas. The warehouse, which will fulfil online orders of fresh groceries, should take approximately 24 months to complete. Partnership with Ocado This is the latest in a series of sites currently being developed, with Kroger working with UK-based Ocado to expand and improve its online coverage. Ultimately, it h...
27 August 2019
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is piloting robotic technology to deliver drinks to customers at Alton Towers – the UK theme park. The move is part of its Ventures innovation investment fund. CCEP has partnered with TeleRetail – an autonomous driving business – to test the technology. Alton Towers provides an ideal environment to test the technology in a busy location, helping replicate con...
19 August 2019
Israeli dronemaker Flytrex and North Carolina based drone services firm Causey Aviation Unmanned have been granted the green light from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to start a food delivery pilot using drones. Pilot to take place in Holly Springs, North Carolina The drones will be using a single fixed route, which was approved by the FAA, from a distribution centre to an out...
09 August 2019
Amazon has begun rolling out its last-mile delivery robots in Southern California, after an initial trial that took place in a suburb of Seattle, Washington earlier this year. Robots called ‘Scout’ The Scout robots were developed in Amazon’s R&D lab in Seattle, and they are designed to autonomously deliver parcels from urban distribution points to Amazon Prime customers based in Irvine, in ...
08 August 2019
Woolworths has partnered with Takeoff Technologies to test its automated micro fulfilment technology in three locations. Test to start in the next 12 months before potential further roll out The implementation of the automated sites will take place within the next 12 months, with Woolworths hoping that the trial will help it both meet the growing demand for online grocery orders, but also enh...
07 August 2019
My colleague, Stewart Samuel, recently published a report outlining Walmart’s digitisation strategy across its store network in the US, having attended Walmart’s Shareholders Week. The event detailed several examples of how Walmart is looking to drive supply chain efficiencies in stores through digitisation and automation of previously manual activities. What became immediately apparent was ...
02 August 2019
Amazon plans to open three new distribution centres in Spain, which will host its Pegasus Drive robots. New DC’s in Barcelona, Pontevedra and Asturias Amazon’s new DC in Barcelona will be the seventh in this city, will measure 28,000 square metres and create 230 jobs across the next three years. The new DC in Pontevedra will have an area of 4000 square metres and employ 30 individuals with ...
02 August 2019
Co-op’s Retail Business Transformation programme (RBT) is the biggest transformation programme the convenience store retailer has ever undertaken. System pilot launched this week with 15 suppliers The pilot will support Co-op’s “ambitious growth strategy”, bringing new technology to optimise metrics such as availability, stock holding and ranging, in addition to improving the accuracy of fo...
29 July 2019
In partnership with California-based startup Gatik, an autonomous vehicle company, the US retailer is kicking off a driverless delivery scheme to move goods between two of its stores. Trial to take place near Bentonville, Arkansas The initial trial will take place near Walmart’s hometown in Bentonville, Arkansas. The state has recently approved a legislation that permits autonomous vehicles...