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29 November 2019
UK-based Ocado Solutions and Japanese retailer Aeon Co. have signed an agreement to develop Aeon’s online grocery business in Japan using the Ocado Smart Platform (OSP). Aeon to harness “Ocado Smart Platform” technology Aeon will launch a new online business, harnessing Ocado’s OSP technology to build customer fulfilment centres (CFCs) and end-to-end software applications. A national ful...
28 November 2019
Ocado Group plc (“Ocado”) and Ocado Retail Limited (“Ocado Retail”) have announced plans to open a sixth UK fulfilment centre, located in Avonmouth, Bristol.  First “mini” fulfilment centre It will be Ocado’s first “mini” fulfilment centre, with the capacity to deliver 30,000 orders compared to the 85,000 orders expected from Ocado’s Purfleet fulfilment centre currently under construction. ...
26 November 2019
Amazon has announced the launch of its new self-ordering shelf, called ‘Dash Smart Shelf’. How does it operate? The shelf, which is connected to Wi-Fi, uses a built-in scale to work out when products are running low on stock. If the on-hand stock has fallen below a certain weight, it automatically places an order to re-stock the shelf, or instead sends a notification to an individual within...
20 November 2019
This is the second blog in a series in which we review how the supply chain trends we identified at the start of the year have played out. This week, I’ll be looking at Capitalising on connections . Technology is now a top priority, and rightly so. Today’s competitive grocery market leaves no room for inefficiencies, and that’s where technology comes into play. Previously, we’ve identifi...
18 November 2019
Nestle and Carrefour are due to use IBM’s Food Trust platform to track the supply chain of different brands of milk formula produced by Laboratoires Guigoz. About IBM’s Food Trust platform The platform is a hyperledger-based platform that aims to enable consumers to verify the origins of food items, hence enhancing transparency with the supply chain. Nestle and Carrefour were amongst the fi...
15 November 2019
Kroger is teaming up with Ocado to build an automated fulfilment centre in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. 350,000 square foot facility The new automated fulfilment centre will result in the creation of 400 new jobs, in a state where it already employs around 12,500 people. The “shed”, as it’s referred to by Kroger, will serve the states of Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northwest Indiana...
15 November 2019
Walmart Canada has teamed up with blockchain company DTL Labs to roll-out a new automated blockchain-based network for freight tracking and payments management. The world's largest full production blockchain solution for any industrial application The new network uses distributed ledger technology to improve freight and payment processing, enabling users to automatically trace deliveries, v...
11 November 2019
JJ Foodservice scoops the IGD Supply Chain Excellence Award. Source: IGD A customer survey to get the ball rolling JJ Foodservice conducted a large-scale survey, which was sent to 30,000 of its customers, in order to understand what their biggest frustration was. The dominant theme from feedback was “the wait for deliveries”. Traditionally, caterers were given a four-hour window ...
08 November 2019
Amazon is due to invest $40 million in a new robotics innovation hub in Westborough, Massachusetts. To open in 2021 Along with an existing Amazon Robotics facility in North Reading, Massachusetts, the new hub is expected to become “the company’s epicenter of robotics innovation”, according to Amazon. The facility in Westborough will include labs, manufacturing space in addition to office...
08 November 2019
Coca-Cola franchisees are rolling out blockchain technology to manage their cross-party transactions. 160,000 orders per day Coke One North America (CONA), the tech company that manages IT operations for Coca-Cola’s bottlers has started using a blockchain solution that’s been developed by German software company SAP to manage the platform that oversees multiple franchises that manufacture, ...