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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...
18 March 2019
Kroger is expanding its autonomous grocery delivery service to Houston, following an earlier test in Scottsdale, Arizona. Almost 1,000 deliveries completed as part of pilot programme Kroger is working with self-driving vehicle company, Nuro, for the expansion of this programme. It will operate from two Kroger stores in the Houston market, making deliveries into four zip codes. Like Scottsda...
12 March 2019
The service called ‘Ocado Zoom’ will be tested in West London. Customers can now place orders with Ocado for delivery within an hour. The new service is caters to smaller order sizes and was first announced in February . The Zoom service has been compared to Amazon’s Prime Now, a comparison that Ocado is keen to distance itself from, stating that the service is a response to customer demand...
11 March 2019
Midcounties Co-operative has become the first UK retailer to make it a requirement for suppliers to provide information about the source of their products. By introducing new scanning technology, customers are able to view the ingredients used in products sold under the ‘Best of our Counties’ range.  The technology was introduced at a store in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, one of ...
05 March 2019
By the end of 2019, UK stores could have vegetables grown in store. John Lewis has confirmed that it is working with Lettus Grow to install aeroponic containers to grow the plants in store. The company is based in Bristol and is currently growing vegetables such as red cabbage, kale, salads and micro-herbs in a disused railway tunnel. The vertical growing units are soil free, meaning they can ...
27 February 2019
M&S will gain a 50% share in Ocado’s UK retail business for £750m. The joint venture will be known as Ocado and will deliver M&S products from September 2020 at the latest, when the current deal with Waitrose & Partners is due to expire. The deal will allow Ocado to supply its own branded products, M&S items and third-party branded items. Ocado currently supplies about 4,500 Waitrose branded pro...
20 February 2019
Jumbo has started delivering groceries to the centre of Amsterdam, and areas just outside. Customers can order using the Jumbo app or online at Jumbo.com and choose their delivery slot. Jumbo is now offering the choice of a 1 hour or 2-hour timeslot for deliveries within the city centre, giving customers even more flexibility. Flexible shopping In order to increase awareness of the new se...
20 February 2019
Waitrose & Partners is implementing a new design of shelf edge strips to accelerate its sustainability plans. Waitrose will be fitting the Wirth Research (WR) EcoBlade™ in stores from March, and it will reduce the energy consumption of refrigerators by up to 25%.  As well as maintaining a consistent fridge temperature to ensure optimum product quality, the aisles will also feel warmer and ther...
20 February 2019
Practical tests have begun to investigate the transition to emission-free supermarket supply. Albert Heijn is working alongside DAF Trucks, Simon Loos, Peter Appel Transport and TNO to test electric trucks and trailers in cities.  In a European first, these tests will trial fully electric trucks and plug-in hybrid trucks.  The initial goal is to establish the functional and operational require...