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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...
26 July 2019
The Kroger Co. and Ocado have broken ground on their second automated customer fulfilment centre (CFC) in Groveland, Florida. The second of 20 planned CFC’s The new automated CFC, which will use Ocado’s robotic technology, is said to cost $55 million, measure 375,000 square feet and create up to 400 new jobs once becoming operational in 2021. Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen and O...
15 July 2019
Albert Heijn, the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands, has started the trial of a driverless robot that can deliver groceries right at the customers’ doorsteps. Range of eight kilometers Developed by Swiss-German firm Teleretail, the Aitonomi robot is being tested within the premises of Eindhoven’s High-Tech Campus, given that’s it’s not permitted to operate on public roads yet. ...
12 July 2019
Kroger is set to build its fourth high-tech customer fulfilment centre (CFC) near Atlanta, Georgia. 375,000 square-foot facility in Forest Park, Georgia The construction process is due to start later this year, with the aim of becoming fully operational in 2021. Called a “shed”, the new automated facility will use Ocado’s digital and robotic technology to fulfill online grocery orders. R...