Supply Chain Analysis news

21 February 2018
IKEA recently won an award for their commitment to the circular economy. They are exploring new ways to take forward their commitment to sustainability in all areas of their business, from procuring materials to production, shipping and selling. But what about when a product is no longer needed? IKEA wants to get involved here as well, to prevent products ending up going to the rubbish dump....
20 February 2018
JD.com has raised US$2.5bn for its logistics subsidiary, in order to invest in new automation technologies. Investing in new technologies The online retailer has entered into definitive agreements for the financing of its logistics subsidiary, JD Logistics. The total amount raised is expected to be around $2.5bn. JD.com will remain the majority shareholder of JD Logistics with an 81.4% stak...
20 February 2018
Walmart is set to open a new tech hub in Austin, Texas focused on developing technologies to improve back-end processes, including finance, governance, human relations, employee training and manufacturing. Driving back of store efficiencies 512 Tech  reports that the facility, whose design is reflective of the start-up community, will open later this month. With a focus on developing techn...
20 February 2018
Edeka's online supermarket, Bringmeister, is launching a service which will enable groceries to be delivered straight into customers' fridges. Increased convenience A new Smart Lock system has been developed by Cary services, allowing time limited access to user's homes using electronic keys. The cost of the lock system is €9.99 a month. In partnership with this, Bringmeister will give cust...
20 February 2018
Russell Hume, one of the UK's leading specialist meat wholesalers to the foodservice sector, has been put into administration.  This follows the closure of its processing sites since late January, as a result of labelling compliance concerns identified by the Food Standards Agency. Key customers lost With Russell Hume unable to continue operating on a day-to-day basis, many of its customers...
14 February 2018
New research from GS1 UK suggests that UK suppliers could increase their sales by 3% if their data management was better. Increasing sales by 3% Barcode standards agency, GS1 UK, has published a new report that analyses the costs to manufacturers that stem from problems with product data. Drawing on research from Sweden, the report shows that data sharing suppliers were able to increase sales...
13 February 2018
IGD and WRAP recently published their new package of resources for food companies to improve food waste measurement. Alan Hayes explains more about the collaboration. Progress on measuring food waste Food waste measurement isn’t standardised, with different sectors and companies using different approaches. This makes benchmarking very difficult. Only a handful of companies report on ...
13 February 2018
X5 launched an online store, Perekrestok.ru, in April 2017, to service the Moscow area. Now it plans to open fulfilment centres for the online store, otherwise known as ‘dark stores’. ‘Dark stores’ aid Perekrestok fulfilment stores to focus on in-store X5’s Prekrestok.ru is currently supported by a number of Perekrestok hybrid-stores that are supermarket units combined with a warehouse. The...
13 February 2018
The discounter plans to expand its store network and build a new €80m distribution centre. New 54,000 sq m distribution centre Lidl is set to roll out its largest planned project in the country, with planning permission now secured for a new distribution centre. Building work for the 54,000 sq m facility in Newbridge, Co Kildare, is set to commence in April. Since entering the country in...
13 February 2018
Same-day delivery is one of the biggest challenges facing retailers and manufacturers in today’s food and grocery market. It challenges the very model that has allowed modern trade to thrive in regions around the world. Is it a challenge that can be overcome? And does it really need to be? Who or what is driving the agenda? What’s motivating food and grocery businesses to develop a sa...