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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...
13 December 2019
Albertsons has formed a strategic partnership with micro-fulfilment firm Takeoff Technologies, whereby the grocer is due to invest in additional micro-fulfilment centres (MFCs). Dedicated teams to enhance collaboration The partnership involves the creation of dedicated teams to collaborate on micro-fulfilment and “drive the future of e-commerce order fulfilment.” Takeoff’s automated and ...
11 December 2019
Walmart has teamed up with robotics startup Nuro to launch a pilot program that is aimed to test autonomous grocery delivery in Houston, Texas, over the next few months. The pilot to use R2 driverless vehicles The autonomous grocery delivery pilot will be using Nuro’s custom-built driverless and passenger-free delivery vehicle, called R2, in addition to its current fleet of autonomous Toyot...
10 December 2019
Coop Italia is teaming up with IBM to trace the supply chain of eggs sold under its private-label brand, Coop Vivi Verde, using blockchain technology. Visibility over 200 million eggs per year The solution relies on ‘Hyperledger Fabric’ technology, which is a framework of the Linux Foundation. It will allow full transparency and visibility over the various players involved in the production...