Availability and service news

15 July 2021
Walmart is teaming up with technology company Symbotic to deploy robotics at 25 regional distribution centres (RDCs). Building on a 2017 pilot The move follows a 2017 pilot that has seen Symbotic introduce its autonomous robotics platform to Walmart’s distribution centre in Brooksville, Florida, which is able to sort, store, retrieve and pack freight onto pallets. Source: Walmart ...
14 July 2021
For food and drink businesses, supply chain capability is a major component within an overall competitive package. Supply chain professionals process data, predict demand and plan flexible, efficient delivery at minimal cost. The modern food and drink “offer” would not be possible without these value-adding activities. In recent months, however, IGD’s supply chain contacts have reported a pe...
05 July 2021
The Kroger Co. is collaborating with KNAPP to deploy, expand, and enhance the capabilities and capacity of the retailer's existing Great Lakes Distribution Center (DC) in Delaware, Ohio. Introducing KNAPP’s OSR shuttles According to The Kroger Co., the Great Lakes DC will use KNAPP’s OSR (order, storage and retrieval) shuttles to deliver grocery cases to robotic palletizers, which prepare i...
30 June 2021
Asda has moved to introduce a new rapid delivery service. The service, which follows a successful trial will be available on its full range of over 30,000 products. The initial launch will see three Asda stores offering the service from this week, with a quick rollout possible should it take off. Customers will be charged a flat rate of £8.50 for each delivery but there is no minimum spend ...
29 June 2021
This is a roundup of June’s most popular content, highlighting some of the key insights from the most viewed reports of the previous month. In the last month of Q2, we produced our eighth and last benchmarking report of the series (2020/2021) which focused on waste and sustainability . In addition, we produced a landmark report that provides a vision of how food and consumer goods stores wi...
22 June 2021
Albertsons is partnering with DoorDash, Gopuff makes two key acquisitions and Uber picks up remainder of Cornershop. We look at what these latest deals mean for the sector. Albertsons partners with Door Dash for on-demand Albertsons is partnering on-demand delivery company, DoorDash, to offer delivery in up to one hour from almost 2,000 stores. Shoppers will be able to order from over 40,00...
21 June 2021
Tesco expands Whoosh, its one-hour delivery service, to London and Bristol. Initial trial took place in Wolverhampton in late May Back in late May, Tesco has introduced the rapid delivery service at a single Express store in Wolverhampton . It now plans to expand the service to a further 11 Express stores in London and Bristol, according to Chief Executive Ken Murphy. He also said that the...
18 June 2021
Building on an existing partnership with DroneUp, Walmart is investing in the company to support its work in developing a scalable last-mile delivery solution. Earlier this year, it invested in self-driving company, Cruise. Flights over people and moving vehicles Walmart and DroneUp partnered last year to launch trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. Since the launch, se...
17 June 2021
Lidl Ireland is set to invest more than €75 million in extending its regional distribution centre (DC) at Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Increasing the capacity to around 62,000 sq m After the completion of the extension work, the facility is set to span across 62,000 sq m, making it one of the largest DCs in the country. According to Lidl, the extended facility is set to include sustainable f...
11 June 2021
Kroger’s second customer fulfillment centre (CFC) powered by Ocado technology is a real milestone as it marks the entry of the retailer in a new state, Florida. Accelerating with digital This month, Kroger opened its second automated CFC in Groveland, Florida. As part of its strategy to accelerate with digital, Kroger is ramping up its ecommerce development. Florida is one of the few states...