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06 December 2019
M&S’s vertical farming partnership with Infarm has been extended to six further London stores. Fresh herbs now grown at seven London stores With the success of the Clapham Junction store trial, launched in September, the new roll out brings vertical farming to stores in Bromley, Ealing, Kensington, Marble Arch, Stratford and Kings Road.  The technology means fresh herbs can be grown an...
04 December 2019
Dutch online supermarket Picnic has secured funds of 250 million euros to build a largely automated distribution centre in Utrecht. 42,000 square-metre site The 42,000 square-metre structure is set to be operational by the end of 2021.  It will provide storage for more than 200,000 crates and will be divided into three temperature zones.  Robotic trolleys to reduce carrying and lifting ...
03 December 2019
135 new “cobots” are assisting colleagues this Christmas at BOOTS UK’s Burton warehouse, helping deliver 3 million items across the Black Friday season (21 st of November – 02 nd of December). Working alongside colleagues The “cobots”, or collaborative robots, work alongside colleagues by carrying orders between picking stations, which helps reduce the distance that warehouse teams have t...
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...