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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...
06 February 2019
The ‘last mile’ has become an increasingly competitive place, as the food industry and disruptors continue to create solutions that make online shopping even more convenient. We know that the convenience and ease of online shopping is extremely appealing to shoppers. We’ve identified several examples of last mile solutions that help online shoppers embrace this convenience. Increase in unat...
06 February 2019
Ocado has released its 2018 results, referring to the year as “transformative.” Ocado Retail saw an increase in orders per week to 296,000, with highest orders per week of 340,000. Active customers increased by 11.8% from 645,000 to 721,000, although there was a small decrease (0.4%) in total basket price. Ocado stated it expects retail revenue to grow by 10 to 15 per cent this year, but sugge...
06 February 2019
Ahold Delhaize USA has partnered with start-up Deliv to provide customers with same-day delivery for online orders. The new service will initially be available at checkout to Giant Foods and Martin’s shoppers who order from Peapod. The retailer hopes to expand the service to other banners in the US soon. JJ Fleeman, president of Peapod Digital labs and chief e-commerce office of Ahold Delhaiz...