Availability and service news

07 December 2021
Woolworths Group has begun building its first ever automated fulfilment centre in Australia, to better serve the online grocery needs of Western Sydney customers. Powered by Knapp’s automation technology The Woolworths’ Auburn Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC), due to open in 2024, will be equipped with Knapp’s automation technology. The technology will enable hundreds of personal shopper...
02 December 2021
Convenience retailer 7-Eleven is teaming up with Nuro to pilot a commercial delivery service with autonomous vehicles in the Silicon Valley enclave of Mountain View, California. Customers can access the service from December 1 through the 7-Eleven 7NOW delivery app. Initially, Nuro’s self-driving Priuses (with a safety driver) will be used to carry out deliveries but the service will use Nu...
01 December 2021
Swedish retailer, ICA has developed a highly automated warehouse to support its online business growth. The facility, located close to Stockholm, will be operational from the 1 st December and is the first of its kind in Sweden. A partnership with Ocado ICA invested SEK 1.1billion in the warehouse which has been developed in partnership with Ocado Group. Ocado’s automation has been adapted...
30 November 2021
In order to navigate the industry-wide supply chain challenges, Asda has chartered a cargo ship to secure the supply of key festive products. 350 containers of festive products According to Asda, the cargo ship carries 350 containers of festive products including festive decorations, toys, clothing and gifts. In addition, the retailer has ramped up the volume of turkeys and pigs in blank...
11 November 2021
Walmart has selected Dallas-Fort Worth for a new automated fulfilment centre and grocery distribution centre (DC).  The announcement comes nearly two weeks after plans were announced for a new high-tech distribution centre in South Carolina. Centres to open in 2023 and 2024 The project will include the opening of a 1.5 million-square-foot automated fulfilment centre, planned for 2023, and a...
09 November 2021
Silicon Valley-based robotic middle-mile delivery company, Gatik, has begun delivering merchandise for Walmart in fully autonomous vehicles (no human backup) for the first time. Two fully-autonomous trucks Gatik is operating two fully-autonomous trucks on a fixed, 7.1-mile route between an ecommerce distribution facility in Bentonville, Arkansas (Walmart’s hometown) and a Walmart Neighbourh...
09 November 2021
As part of its Digital Day, Carrefour has said it is aiming ‘to be a global leader in Digital Retail’. The new digital strategy builds on the retailer’s 2018 aims, which have created a strong foundation on which to build. The retailer said the aim to be a global leader would be ‘built on a ‘data-centric, digital-first’ approach’. Targeting tripling of ecommerce GMV to €10 bn by 2026 Carrefo...
08 November 2021
Since the start of COVID-19, quick commerce has been one of the fastest growing and innovative segments of the food and consumer goods industry which has been helped by significant financial investment over recent months. Quick commerce players deliver groceries and essentials to customers in less than one hour. There are three subsections of quick commerce: aggregators, pure plays, and retail...
05 November 2021
Russia’s Yandex Self-Driving Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Majid Al Futtaim, operators of the Carrefour banner in the Middle East, to introduce autonomous robot delivery to its Dubai stores. Pilot launching in early 2022 The arrangement will strengthen Carrefour’s last-mile delivery capabilities in the region, with a pilot programme due to launch in early 2022. The ...
28 October 2021
Tesco has announced a pilot with quick commerce operator Gorillas.  Customers will be able to order Tesco products via the Gorillas app from Thursday 28 th October. Five sites to be involved in the trial Gorillas will set up microfulfilment sites at five large Tesco stores to pick, pack and deliver to customers.  The first site will use warehouse space at Tesco’s Thornton Heath superstore ...