Supply Chain Analysis news

18 July 2018
Global manufacturers Unilever and Nestlé have become the first suppliers involved in GS1 UK’s productDNA, a new data service. Working more closely with trading partners ProductDNA was created by barcode standards agency, GS1 UK, in collaboration with its Retail Grocery Advisory Board. The two businesses will use the service to help launch new products with Tesco and Ocado, who already use p...
18 July 2018
Supply Chain Capability Manager, Alex Edge, explores some potential future options for learning and development in the food and grocery industry. Gamification: “The application of elements of game playing into a business environment” Gamification elements have long been adopted in the food and grocery industry to help shoppers engage with brands, raise awareness and increase loyalty. Take...
18 July 2018
Last week, IGD hosted its first Hackathon event as part of the charitable Reducing Wasted Miles initiative. We brought together 70 attendees from a whole range of organisations involved in the supply chain: retailers, manufacturers, solution providers, academics and third-party logistics firms. Mixing collaboration and problem solving Our aim in bringing this diverse group together was to...
17 July 2018
Walmart and Microsoft have formed a strategic partnership to further accelerate the retailer’s digital transformation. Optimising Microsoft’s cloud computing capabilities Central to this strategic partnership is Microsoft’s role as the retailer’s preferred cloud provider which will enable Walmart to tap into the tech company’s range of solutions. Building on this, the companies will work to...
16 July 2018
Catalan distribution group, including Bon Preu, Esclat and EsclatOil, is to strengthen its online grocery channel through a partnership with Ocado. New ecommerce website With the alliance, the group will launch a new ecommerce website and app as a short-term priority, possibly later in 2018. New features include searching for favourites or allergens and allowing customers to modify their ba...
12 July 2018
Head of Supply Chain Insight, Alistair Balderson, takes a look at highlights from IGD’s recent report series, Vulnerabilities in the global supply chain. All change, please We are often told that change is always with us. The usual quote is from British Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli: “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” Although I prefer the version my son used as his Thoug...
11 July 2018
The shortlist has been unveiled for the IGD Awards 2018, the annual event celebrating the best of the food and grocery industry. Celebrating nearly three decades, over 540 winners, 10,000 entries, 3,400 hours of judging, 15,000 attendees and 1,800 judges, the awards ceremony is a historic event that will take place in London on 2rd October, where more than 600 senior executives will gather to ...
11 July 2018
Walmart’s Jet.com subsidiary is developing a new fulfilment centre in the Bronx which will enable it to offer same-day and next-day delivery. Working with Parcel for same-day delivery Opening in the fall, the fulfilment centre will enable Jet.com to offer same-day delivery for fresh and grocery products, consumables and non-food items. Jet will partner with Parcel, a last-mile delivery comp...
10 July 2018
Single-use plastics is a growing concern in the grocery retail industry due to its environmental impact. We are seeing increased activity in the retail and FMCG sector to reduce single-use plastics in-stores, and Lidl's sister company, Kaufland, is one of the latest retailers to make such a commitment. Kaufland announces strategy to reduce plastics by 2025 Kaufland alongside its sister co...
06 July 2018
Carrefour Italy has announced plans to begin using blockchain technology to improve traceability in the supply chain. Building on wider success Following  Carrefour France’s launch of blockchain technology  in March 2018, Carrefour Italy has said it will begin using similar solutions from September. The retailer said it would enable shoppers to see the entire supply chain of poultry pro...