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15 July 2019
Albert Heijn, the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands, has started the trial of a driverless robot that can deliver groceries right at the customers’ doorsteps. Range of eight kilometers Developed by Swiss-German firm Teleretail, the Aitonomi robot is being tested within the premises of Eindhoven’s High-Tech Campus, given that’s it’s not permitted to operate on public roads yet. ...
12 July 2019
Kroger is set to build its fourth high-tech customer fulfilment centre (CFC) near Atlanta, Georgia. 375,000 square-foot facility in Forest Park, Georgia The construction process is due to start later this year, with the aim of becoming fully operational in 2021. Called a “shed”, the new automated facility will use Ocado’s digital and robotic technology to fulfill online grocery orders. R...
10 July 2019
Carrefour France has selected Symphony RetailAI to supply warehouse replenishment, inventory flow and supply chain insights solutions to its business. Deepening the partnership The move represents a step forward in an existing collaboration between the two businesses, with Carrefour Brasil having embedded solutions focused on inventory optimisation in warehouse and store operations. Franck Noel-...
09 July 2019
Coles has announced it will work with Microsoft to help future-proof its business, with automation, data, AI – and specifically machine learning, a move to the cloud and personalisation all part of the mix. The announcement adds to the growing list of retail-tech partnerships that have emerged in recent times and demonstrates the importance of a robust technology strategy to commercial success in...
04 July 2019
Nestlé has announced the launch of a pilot project that aims to track its supply chain using open blockchain technology. OpenSC The manufacturer has teamed up with OpenSC, a blockchain-based food-tracking platform founded by WWF (World Wildlife Fund)-Australia and The Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures, to implement the new distributed ledger system which is distinct from Nestlé’s ong...
03 July 2019
Ocado Technology has announced the launch of its first London development centre to support the growing global adoption of its Ocado Smart Platform (OSP). The firm’s sixth development centre Based in Old Street, Central London, the new centre is the sixth hub to launch after those based in Hatfield, Sofia (Bulgaria), Wroclaw, Krakow (Poland) and Barcelona (Spain). It is expected to support ...
26 June 2019
Walmart China has launched a blockchain platform that will enable the retailer to track food throughout its supply chain. Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform The new Walmart China Blockchain Traceability Platform (WCBTP) has been created thanks to a partnership between Walmart China, VeChain (a blockchain technology company), PricewaterhouseCoopers in addition to other companies....
24 June 2019
Kaufland, part of the world’s fourth-largest grocery conglomerate Schwarz Group, is due to start the building of its first distribution centre in Australia, precisely in Mickleham, Victoria, which will be one of the largests in the country. 110,000 square meter warehouse to eventually supply five new stores The new DC will be built on a land that the retailer has bought in Merrifield Busine...
21 June 2019
Walmart trials autonomous vehicles (AVs) that operates in the ‘middle mile’ between the retailer’s warehouses and its store-adjacent package pickup kiosks. Ford vans Walmart is using Ford vans that are equipped with self-driving technology developed by Gatik AI, a Sillicon Valley startup. According to its CEO, the vehicles are able to drive up to 200 miles per day in urban areas. So...
19 June 2019
Tesco is piloting delivery robots, in an attempt to serve its customers by using technology. Four-mile radius Tesco is teaming up with Starship, a US based company that develops autonomous delivery vehicles that can carry goods within a four-mile radius. The trial is being carried out at its Milton Keynes shops where customers are able to place orders via an app. The move aims to improve...