Supply Chain Analysis news

18 September 2018
Nestlé have announced a scheme to monitor the impact of its palm oil supply chain around the world using a satellite-based service called Starling, developed by The Forest Trust and Airbus. The company have previously made a “No Deforestation” commitment by 2020 for their palm oil supplies. This service will provide detailed information on the forests used by its palm oil suppliers, enabling th...
18 September 2018
Lidl, the fast-growing German discount retailer, has bought a site near Leeds to build its 17th regional distribution centre (RDC) in the UK. The company currently has 12 RDCs in operation and the Leeds site is the 5th in their pipeline of new warehouses: Doncaster, Bolton, Peterborough and Luton. The business has over 700 stores currently, supporting its market share of over 5% and growth r...
13 September 2018
Supply chain is a business function that is changing rapidly, playing an increasingly strategic role at the heart of many food and grocery businesses. As this happens, it becomes ever more important to focus on the importance of the relationships we have with our colleagues. My colleague Chris Irish has just published the first part of a report looking at just this - Making your business ...
12 September 2018
We look at Spark Delivery, a new last-mile delivery program from Walmart, that is being piloted in Nashville and New Orleans. Grocery delivery programme launched this year Following a launch earlier this year, Walmart is in the process of rolling-out grocery home delivery to 100 metro areas in the US, reaching more than 40% of US households. Currently the retailer is utilising a range of cr...
10 September 2018
Australian retailer Woolworths has spoken more about its new automated distribution centre, which we highlighted in April 2018. The DC isn’t due to open until February 2019 but is being tested now. AU$500m project It’s been reported that the facility being built near Melbourne will now cost over AU$500m, but the automation will deliver not just efficiencies in supply chain operations. It wi...
06 September 2018
The modernisation of Target’s supply chain operations was demonstrated recently when they ran an event to compete with Amazon’s Prime Day sale. Keeping operations running smoothly At the retailer’s recent Q2 investor call, the senior team described how the one-day event created their biggest digital sales day outside of a holiday season, driving sales of nearly three times forecast. John Mu...
06 September 2018
Carrefour’s Polish operation will remove c. two million kilometres from its freight transport activities in 2018. This improvement will contribute to the overall Carrefour ambition of reducing CO2 emissions by 40% by 2025 (vs 2010 levels). The improvements have come from three areas. Firstly, the company has implemented a new Transport Management System (TMS) which enabled it to optimise ...
31 August 2018
Finland-based cooperative S Group has begun testing its new 'Pike-perch radar' solution, based on blockchain technology developed by IBM. The aim is to increase transparency in the food chain and provide consumers with traceable information. Using the IBM Food Trust platform Blockchain technology, relatively new within the food retail business, is being tested on the Finnish fish chain v...
30 August 2018
In recent years, smart warehousing has been brought into the mainstream by ecommerce businesses like Amazon and Ocado. These facilities are a world away from the warehouses I am familiar with: think large buildings filled with lots of racking and forklift trucks. Not very inspiring! Smart warehouses bring together a variety of complementary technologies, all of which work in harmony to recei...
29 August 2018
After the opening of the first Amazon Go store in Seattle earlier this year, a second location has opened in the city. Smaller footprint with fewer features The Seattle Times reports that the second store has opened close to the Seattle Central Library and unlike the first store, does not form part of Amazon’s campus in the city. At 1,450 sq ft, the store is also 20% smaller than the o...