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17 January 2020
Ocado has announced it’s investing in developing driverless vehicles and robots that could be used to deliver groceries. Seeking new global partnerships  Tim Steiner, Ocado’s chief executive, told the NRF Big Show, the world’s largest retail conference and exposition, that the online grocer is eying to develop “things like driverless technology” and “what jumps out of that vehicle with the ...
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...
13 January 2020
Walmart is due to introduce shelf-scanning robots to 650 additional US stores by the end of this summer, hence increasing its total fleet to 1000 stores. Designed by Bossa Nova Robotics Inc. The robots, which are designed by San Francisco-based Bossa Nova Robotics Inc., are six-foot tall, and equipped with 15 cameras. They are able to update product availability, flag out-of-stocks and ensu...
10 January 2020
This is the second part of a two-part blog looking into innovation in fresh produce supply chains.  The first part focused on the downstream supply chain, exploring how vertical farming is being used within retail stores to compress supply chains and how innovative preservation techniques can extend shelf-life to reduce the risk of product deterioration and waste.  In this part, we move upstr...
10 January 2020
Walmart has introduced the automated “Alphabot” system, which picks and packs groceries at high speeds to fulfil orders for pickup and online.  The system, which has been developed exclusively for Walmart by Alert Innovation, will help Walmart to compete with Amazon and Kroger for shoppers’ online grocery spending. Source: Walmart   How does the system work? The Alphabot robots m...
09 January 2020
This is the fourth and final blog in a series in which we look at how the supply chain trends we identified for 2019 have panned out. In this instance, I’ll be taking a look at Clarity on circularity . Across the last few years, we’ve witnessed a significant surge in interest with regards to circular economies. Being sustainable is no longer a PR exercise, but an essential step that brings ...
08 January 2020
At the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that’s taking place in Las Vegas, blockchain start-up Farmer Connect has introduced a new mobile application called “Thank My Farmer”, which allows coffee drinkers to trace the origins of their coffee. A result of a global partnership The solution, which uses the blockchain technology behind IBM’s Food Trust platform, has been developed in partner...
23 December 2019
Fresh produce supply chains are notoriously difficult to manage, facing unique challenges that are not always present in the supply chains of other goods. The challenges begin in the field, with production yields and quality dependent upon factors beyond human control, such as weather.  Difficulties continue as the product moves downstream, with fresh produce being prone to deterioration and...
19 December 2019
Leading Australian retailer Coles Group has selected Infor Nexus for its global trade platform.  This forms part of a wider IT transformation project by Coles, which has also involved the adoption of SAP S/4HANA and SAP Ariba for finance and procurement systems improvement. Real-time international stock visibility Infor Nexus will provide the following benefits to Coles: Real time vis...
17 December 2019
This is the third blog in a series in which we review how the supply chain trends we identified for 2019 have played out. This week, I’ll be looking at Micro-fulfilment on a macro scale . Today’s fast-moving retail environment prompts grocers to be proactive in order to stay ahead of competitors and meet consumers’ soaring expectations. One way retailers have tackled this is through a relat...