Supply Chain Analysis news

12 December 2018
New UK traffic data has shown a further increase in the overall distance being travelled in 2017, with worrying implications for our supply chains. But there is other evidence that younger people are no longer in love with their cars. James has investigated the data and here are his insights. Jam tomorrow? Data from the Department For Transport shows that GB road traffic reached record le...
11 December 2018
As part of their strategic relationship, Walmart and Rakuten have opened their first ecommerce store in Japan. We look at the model being used and implications for future expansion. Products fulfilled from US inventory Earlier this year, Walmart and Tokyo-based Rakuten, announced a strategic alliance designed to optimise each company’s strengths and assets to expand their reach to new consu...
10 December 2018
China-based Alibaba has signed an agreement with the Belgium government to create an ecommerce trade hub. The agreement is part of Alibaba’s Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP), of which Belgium is the first European country to join. Logistics division Cainiao to invest €75m… Alibaba’s logistics division, Cainiao, will initially invest €75m (US$85m) in the project, which will commence in...
10 December 2018
Following increasing legislative pressures on businesses to improve the sustainability and green credentials of their supply chains, the race for sustainability is beginning to speed up. For many organisations, the strength of sustainability strategies is the difference between a competitive advantage and a laggard mentality.  An increasing appetite From HSBC’s recent Navigator Survey ...
07 December 2018
France-based Leclerc has partnered with local start-up Shopopop to expand the range of delivery options for shoppers. Orders delivered by ‘Shoppers’ Through the partnership, Leclerc customers can have their online orders delivered to them at home. Customers buy through Leclerc’s web site and then fill out their order’s shipping information on Shopopop.com. Source: Shopopop They c...
06 December 2018
This is the third in a series of blogs in which I review how the supply chain trends we picked out at the start of the year have played out. This week, I’ll be looking at cyber-security. This is a bit trickier than the others to assess as businesses tend not to shout too loudly about developments (or lack of them) in their cyber-security strategy, but a lack of exposure is certainly not an indi...
06 December 2018
IGD’s Chief Economist, James Walton, explores potential availability issues and stockholding in a post-Brexit world. The Final Countdown Brexit is scheduled for the end of March 2019 – now just four months away. Even with so little time left to run, businesses still have no certainty over Brexit outcomes, which may be anything from “anti-climax” to “severe disruption”. If the exit deal...
05 December 2018
We look at how Ahold Delhaize-owned Albert Heijn is making its private label chocolate traceable, while Carrefour Poland forms a coalition to promote organic farming. Albert Heijn invests in traceability Albert Heijn has partnered with Switzerland-based chocolate maker Barry Callebaut to make its private label chocolate traceable. The partnership reflects the growing interest in ethical sou...
03 December 2018
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03 December 2018
DHL Supply Chain has announced it will invest $300m to deploy new technologies in its facilities. 80% of North American facilities to receive upgrades Four fifths of DHL Supply Chain’s 430 facilities in North America will receive upgrades as part of a $300m investment. New and emerging technologies will be deployed at facilities and transportation control towers. It builds on DHL’s existing...