Supply Chain Analysis news

18 March 2019
Kroger is expanding its autonomous grocery delivery service to Houston, following an earlier test in Scottsdale, Arizona. Almost 1,000 deliveries completed as part of pilot programme Kroger is working with self-driving vehicle company, Nuro, for the expansion of this programme. It will operate from two Kroger stores in the Houston market, making deliveries into four zip codes. Like Scottsda...
13 March 2019
“Beware of minimising costs and wastage in your supply chain at the expense of the needs of your shoppers”, you will hear me utter to delegates in our workshops. This was brought to life for me last week when I popped into a supermarket for few items on my way home from work. I took a route to go past a convenient supermarket. On entering the fruit and vegetables department, I encountered a s...
12 March 2019
Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd are working in partnership with Plastic Bank to create a new collection point in the Philippines, which will start operating in the next few months. The union will help Plastic Bank to establish collection points for plastic waste in countries that have poor waste management infrastructure. Erik Hollmann, head of corporate responsibility at Aldi Nord said, “We are pleased ...
12 March 2019
The service called ‘Ocado Zoom’ will be tested in West London. Customers can now place orders with Ocado for delivery within an hour. The new service is caters to smaller order sizes and was first announced in February . The Zoom service has been compared to Amazon’s Prime Now, a comparison that Ocado is keen to distance itself from, stating that the service is a response to customer demand...
12 March 2019
As reported in Convenience Store magazine, The Co-operative Group has linked with the ethical living app CoGo to feature 286 of its London stores on the platform, to help drive shopper engagement with the Co-op's ethical agenda around key themes such as fairtrade sourcing. CoGo aims to provide a 'trustworthy feedback loop' between consumers and businesses The purpose of the CoGo app (free to do...
11 March 2019
Target's omnichannel strategy is supporting growth and cost reduction. Investment plan delivering for the business Recent results reflect the progress that’s been made in transforming Target over the last two years as it has set out to become “America’s easiest place to shop.” In 2017 it put in place a major investment programme to reimagine its stores, re-engineer its supply chain, build new ...
11 March 2019
Midcounties Co-operative has become the first UK retailer to make it a requirement for suppliers to provide information about the source of their products. By introducing new scanning technology, customers are able to view the ingredients used in products sold under the ‘Best of our Counties’ range.  The technology was introduced at a store in Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, one of ...
06 March 2019
Amazon’s new delivery service, Amazon Day, gives Prime members the option to pick a day of the week to take a delivery of their recent orders. Shoppers are able to add items throughout the week to be delivered on their chosen day by selecting “Amazon Day” as the checkout option. Prime members can order products for Amazon Day delivery up to two days before the designated day. However, those who ...
06 March 2019
Walmart issued new commitments on plastic reduction at its annual supplier forum. Walmart is working with suppliers to improve the sustainability of its private label brand packaging, the primary goals being to increase recyclability and to make it easier for customers to recycle. The retailer confirmed that it is aiming to achieve the following commitments with its US private brand suppliers: ...
05 March 2019
By the end of 2019, UK stores could have vegetables grown in store. John Lewis has confirmed that it is working with Lettus Grow to install aeroponic containers to grow the plants in store. The company is based in Bristol and is currently growing vegetables such as red cabbage, kale, salads and micro-herbs in a disused railway tunnel. The vertical growing units are soil free, meaning they can ...