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06 February 2019
The ‘last mile’ has become an increasingly competitive place, as the food industry and disruptors continue to create solutions that make online shopping even more convenient. We know that the convenience and ease of online shopping is extremely appealing to shoppers. We’ve identified several examples of last mile solutions that help online shoppers embrace this convenience. Increase in un...
06 February 2019
Ocado has released its 2018 results, referring to the year as “transformative.” Ocado Retail saw an increase in orders per week to 296,000, with highest orders per week of 340,000. Active customers increased by 11.8% from 645,000 to 721,000, although there was a small decrease (0.4%) in total basket price. Ocado stated it expects retail revenue to grow by 10 to 15 per cent this year, but sugge...
06 February 2019
Ahold Delhaize USA has partnered with start-up Deliv to provide customers with same-day delivery for online orders. The new service will initially be available at checkout to Giant Foods and Martin’s shoppers who order from Peapod. The retailer hopes to expand the service to other banners in the US soon. JJ Fleeman, president of Peapod Digital labs and chief e-commerce office of Ahold Delhaiz...
28 January 2019
Australian retailer Coles is set to invest almost AU$1bn over six years on automated distribution centres, one in Brisbane and another in Sydney. Coles has signed 20-year leases to build two 70,000 sq m distribution centres. The two new sites will house state of the art technology and will replace five of Coles’ existing sites which will close over the next five years. The warehouses will focus o...
23 January 2019
Carrefour Belgium uses the technology to track pork, while Carrefour Italia extends blockchain usage to citrus fruit. Smartphone traceability in Belgium Carrefour has been working with Vinçotte, a Belgian start-up, to provide a digital traceability solution for customers buying from its ‘Pork of Yesteryear’ range, which is a part of the ‘Carrefour Quality Line’. "The application will enable...
23 January 2019
Ahold Delhaize-owned Stop & Shop is introducing a high-tech approach to grocery delivery in Boston, Massachusetts. Doorstep shopping Starting in spring 2019, Stop & Shop will use driverless vehicles to deliver a range of products, including meal kits and convenience items to customers’ homes, allowing them to shop from their doorstep. There has been an increase in driverless vehicles being ...
16 January 2019
Identifying the trends that matter now is a challenging task. It’s certainly possible to identify 20 trends at random, which at some point in the future will have a significant impact. Assessing near-term relevance requires a deep understanding of the drivers of change. At the start of each year, we put forward the trends we expect will influence and shape food and grocery supply chains in th...
16 January 2019
Expansion of the existing network of Pedestrian Drive stores set to increase by the end of January 2019, and AI being used to optimise supply chain. 31 Pedestrian Drive stores opening this month In April 2018 Carrefour opened its first Pedestrian Drives stores in Paris and the Lyon region of France. The additional 31 stores being opened this month will take the total number of stores in thi...
16 January 2019
Prior to the recent 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, JD opened two smart delivery stations. The two stations are located in the cities of Hohhot and Changsa. Their purpose is to investigate, test and resolve problems with last mile delivery. JD is China’s largest retailer, with coverage of 99% of the population, and has an innovative logistics network that utilises technology ...
15 January 2019
Following successful pilots that improved efficiencies and safety in store, the robots will be used in Stop & Shop and Giant/Martins stores. Strategic partnership Ahold Delhaize has partnered with Retail Business Services and Badger Technologies (a product division of Jabil) to trial the robots in stores. The robots are named “Marty” and they were used in store to detect hazards such as spillag...