Supply Chain Analysis news

25 April 2018
Woolworths is building a new fully automated distribution centre in Melbourne that is expected to be operational later this year. Largest distribution centre in Australia The new facility is costing AU$215m to build and will be located on a 15.9 hectare site in Dandenong South, 35km south of Melbourne's CBD. Once live, it is believed that the warehouse will be the largest distribution centr...
25 April 2018
Supply chain is a key factor driving a rush of new corporate deals and partnerships in the U.S. and Canada, as grocery retailers look to compete with Amazon, Walmart and each other. My colleague Stewart Samuel has just written an overview of some recent corporate activity from retailers in North America, published on our sister service Retail Analysis. The report is now also available on S...
25 April 2018
In an effort to combat “porch pirates” and spread deliveries away from peak times, Amazon and other delivery companies are constantly looking for secure ways to get your order to you. The last such announcement cam with the roll-out of their Amazon Key “smart door” service. The latest initiative from Amazon is to partner with advanced carmakers to allow deliveries to be dropped off in th...
20 April 2018
Sainsbury's has become the UK's first grocer to trial electric cargo bicycles for its grocery home delivery service. Speed and environmental advantages The trial will test the potential for electric bikes as a more efficient way to deliver groceries to customers in congested cities and offers distinct advantages. Bikes can make use of cycle and bus lanes and can achieve point to point deliv...
18 April 2018
Vimto maker, Nichols, has invested in new robotic technology as part of a £4.5m factory investment. Investing in automation The new end of line packing and palletising arm has been installed as part of wider factory automation at Nichols’ facility in Ross-on-Wye in the East Midlands of the UK. The soft drinks manufacturer cited a growing demand from the out of home sector as the main reason...
18 April 2018
Alibaba Group has announced plans to invest in Huitongda Network Co, an ecommerce retailer that specialises in distribution to rural areas. 200m rural customers Huitongda is a subsidiary of household appliance and consumer electronics online retailer, Jiangsu Five Star Appliances. With 200 million rural customers in 15,800 townships and villages in 18 Chinese provinces, it offers financial ...
17 April 2018
We look at Target’s plans to expand its fee-based program which enables customers to have their in-store purchases delivered to home. Customers can choose to have purchases delivered for $7 This service was initially piloted in New York last year at its smaller format concept at Herald Square, Manhattan. This was subsequently expanded to three additional stores in the city. For a flat fee o...
11 April 2018
Carrefour has opened a new ecommerce facility near Paris. 26,000 sq m facility The 26,000 sq m distribution centre will supply the retailer’s Drive outlets in and around Paris. Located in Aulnay-sous-Bois, 14km north-east of Paris, it will serve around 50 Drive and pedestrian Drive outlets by the end of 2018. Preparing for rising demand The multi-temperature facility will first operat...
09 April 2018
Amazon has announced that it will extend its Amazon Key service to all Amazon customers in the U.S. The announcement comes a month after Amazon acquired high-tech home security producer Ring in a deal worth over $1 billion. The deal is Amazon's second largest acquisition. The announcement also comes just six months after Amazon first trialled its Amazon Key service in 37 US cities and surro...
09 April 2018
Alibaba Group has spent $9.5bn, acquiring the remaining shares in Ele.me, a food delivery platform in China. Focusing on last mile delivery Ele.me, which means ‘hungry yet?’ enables people to order food online and have their orders delivered in around 30 minutes by its delivery service, Fengniao Delivery. The service, which operates across China, has a fleet of 3 million delivery people on ...