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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, ...
06 November 2019
Sainsbury’s has signed up to the product induction platform called ‘productDNA’, which has been launched back in December 2017 . What is productDNA? ProductDNA, created by barcode standards agency GS1 UK, in collaboration with the Retail Grcoery Advisory Board, aims to deliver accurate and consistent data; capturing, managing and distribution information in way that is easily accessed and ...
29 October 2019
Automated micro-fulfillment has emerged as one of the key trends in the US grocery ecommerce channel. We recently visited a site with Takeoff Technologies, the leading company in this space with multiple sites operational, to see its model in action. Range of fulfillment models The challenge of developing a profitable model for grocery ecommerce as it scales is underpinning much of the in...
29 October 2019
E-commerce is growing in almost all markets, presenting opportunities for retailers and technology firms to innovate and provide faster, safer, cost-effective and environment-friendly delivery alternatives in both the last and middle mile space. However, with unique opportunities come not only operational challenges but also numerous and evolving regulations. To date, the tendency from regul...
25 October 2019
The Schwarz Group, the parent company of Lidl and Kaufland, has intensified its collaboration with the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). First retailer to become a shareholder of DFKI The Schwarz Group has acquired shares in DFKI, and as a result becomes the first trading company to become one of its 29 shareholders. The Group confirmed that it will closely work ...
22 October 2019
We recently published the first in a three-part series benchmarking the building blocks of industry collaboration. To support the work, we gathered the views of over 200 global respondents from mainly commercial and supply chain roles. In this blog, I’ll explore a selection of the key findings. We asked respondents to benchmark their business’s capability in 13 areas. We grouped these into s...
17 October 2019
The latest instalment of IGD’s annual supply chain event took place this week. This was my fourth Supply Chain Summit and it was another great day! Here’s a recap in case you missed it. Customer-centric – the business imperative IGD’s CEO, Susan Barratt, opened on the main stage, setting the scene by delivering a few clear messages. The one that resonated with me most is “You must shape ...
08 October 2019
Walmart filed this week a couple of patents around drone deliveries. These patents reflect new designs that deal with the way packages are safely and securely dropped off when they reach their final destination. First patent Looking at drones’ deliveries taking place around us, packages are being delivered by simply dropping them on the ground. However, Walmart’s first patent aims to change...