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Thought of the week: Suzannah thinks about the possibilities of food waste power

Waitrose has unveiled trucks that run on biomethane. This renewable fuel is made from food waste, and can cover 500 miles before needing refuelling – over one and a half times their previous distance of 300 miles. I’ve seen buses that can go short distances on recycled chip fat, but this sort of thing has always seemed something of a novelty.

Biomethane can be a third of the price of diesel and emits 70% less carbon dioxide. Furthermore, Waitrose’s trucks, supplied by CNG Fuels, could save the business £100,000 over five years. That’s not a novelty; that’s an opportunity. And it begs the question: what else can we use waste to power?

John Lewis and Clipper Logistics have entered into a click and collect joint venture.

Click and collect collaboration

The joint venture will see John Lewis and Clipper offer a next-day delivery service to UK high street stores. John Lewis will also use the service, having chosen Clipper last year to manage and fulfil its 40,000 click and collect orders a week.

Fully integrated system

The joint venture aims to be retailer-friendly, with timed delivery and integration with retailers’ customer service systems. It will also provide updates both to stores and customers on the whereabouts of orders. Profits from the joint venture will be split equally between both partners.

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GS1 has formed a retail grocery advisory board which will focus on the perfect order and digital DNA.

Improving efficiencies

The board aims to provide better customer experience whilst improving efficiencies throughout the supply chain. Members include major retailers (ASDA, Boots, Co-op, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose) and manufacturers (Coca Cola Enterprises, Dairy Crest, Kellogg’s, Mondelez, Müller, Nestlé, PepsiCo P&G and Unilever) in the UK.

Key supply chain issues

The board will look in depth at key supply chain issues affecting retailers and manufacturers, including how to accelerate change, increase sustainability, reduce waste and achieve mutual productivity. The perfect order project focuses on the order-to-cash process and improving efficiencies by establishing a more synchronised process for inbound logistics. The Digital DNA project focuses on ways of improving customer experience through data quality, an area with the potential to generate £2bn by improving data in the value chain.

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