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17 April 2019
Driverless grocery delivery has been officially rolled out in Houston thanks to a partnership with robotics company Nuro. Second city to trial the technology After a successful trial in Scottsdale, Arizona, Houston becomes the second area to pilot the service. The new delivery service will be initially available from its South Post Oak store before being extended to its Buffalo Speedway sto...
17 April 2019
As the retailer looks to continue to build the success of its Act for Food initiative globally, it has announced, with Nestle, the use of Blockchain technology for a national brand, while in Belgium it has entered into a partnership with pork supplier, Westvers. Carrefour, Nestlé to use Blockchain for Mousline Carrefour and Nestlé have announced that from 15 April they are using Blockchain tech...
15 April 2019
A zero-emission electric van, called “Evie”, has already started its service by dropping-off online grocery orders to Sainsbury’s customers in central and east London. The electric vehicle will be able to deliver up to 30 orders a day to online shoppers. Sainsbury’s is trialing this technology to scope its potential to deliver groceries in an efficient way, particularly in busy cities such as ...
12 April 2019
Albertsons Companies has announced that it will start using IBM’s Food Trust blockchain platform to improve the traceability of food all the way from the source to its store’s shelves. Platform to be initially used to track romaine lettuce’s supply chain Although the platform will be used at the early stages to increase the transparency of romaine lettuce’s supply chain, the US grocer aims ...
10 April 2019
Following successful pilots, Walmart plans to roll out a new range of robots into its stores, which aim to perform duties such as checking inventory, store maintenance, unloading lorries, sorting products and fulfilling online orders, allowing store associates to focus on serving customers on the shop floor. Walmart said it has been trialling the technology for months and seen a very positive re...
09 April 2019
Wing, the drone delivery company owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, is launching its first public drone delivery service in Australia, albeit in a limited capacity. Focus on rural areas ‘Wing’ is an autonomous delivery drone service which aims not only to increase access to goods in rural areas but also to reduce CO2 emissions generated by traffic congestion in cities. The trial s...
03 April 2019
Ahold Delhaize is rolling out artificial intelligence to overhaul the way its US businesses order food from suppliers. Initial focus on short life The technology, developed by Reflex Systems will be used in Food Lion, Stop & Shop, Giant Food and Giant/Martin’s stores. The AI is designed to improve how buyers predict and aggregate demand across large numbers of stores. Initially, the roll ou...
02 April 2019
Daimler Trucks has acquired a majority stake in Torc Robotics, a vehicle automation specialist based in Virginia, US. Torc Robotics has developed an autonomous software solution for applications including self-driving cars and transit vehicles. Its solutions have been used on an array of vehicles, from cars up to mining trucks. A joint development team Daimler has been working on the developmen...
26 March 2019
Online retailer Ocado has announced a partnership with Coles to develop its online grocery business in Australia. This is the fifth international partnership for the Ocado Smart Platform in less than 18 months. Developing Coles’ online business Coles is one of Australia’s largest grocery retailers, operating 818 supermarkets across the country. The retailer is already a market leader in onl...
19 March 2019
Ocado plans to build a state-of-the-art customer fulfilment centre to replace the Andover facility that burnt down in February. In Ocado's recent trading statement, CEO Tim Steiner said, “The fire has been a setback, but it will be only a temporary one. Over the last few weeks, our teams have been working hard to minimise any disruption to our customers and we will build a state-of-the-art repla...