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02 August 2019
Co-op’s Retail Business Transformation programme (RBT) is the biggest transformation programme the convenience store retailer has ever undertaken. System pilot launched this week with 15 suppliers The pilot will support Co-op’s “ambitious growth strategy”, bringing new technology to optimise metrics such as availability, stock holding and ranging, in addition to improving the accuracy of fo...
29 July 2019
In partnership with California-based startup Gatik, an autonomous vehicle company, the US retailer is kicking off a driverless delivery scheme to move goods between two of its stores. Trial to take place near Bentonville, Arkansas The initial trial will take place near Walmart’s hometown in Bentonville, Arkansas. The state has recently approved a legislation that permits autonomous vehicles...
26 July 2019
The Kroger Co. and Ocado have broken ground on their second automated customer fulfilment centre (CFC) in Groveland, Florida. The second of 20 planned CFC’s The new automated CFC, which will use Ocado’s robotic technology, is said to cost $55 million, measure 375,000 square feet and create up to 400 new jobs once becoming operational in 2021. Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen and O...
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...
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....