Supply chain innovations


Asda has teamed up with London-based autonomous vehicle startup Wayve to test autonomous delivery vans within the last mile space.
Kimberly-Clark announced a partnership with biotech company RWDC Industries, which will provide Kimberly-Clark with RDWC’s polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) source material, Solon™, to be used for personal care products.
Migros Ticaret, one of Turkey’s largest grocery retailers, has teamed up with local technology company Asis Automation to design and develop a new robot called Taro to assist humans in picking online orders.
In a tweet Ruben Timmerman has highlighted how Picnic, the Netherlands-based pure play retailer, is trialling offering shoppers the opportunity to choose ‘the greenest option’ when they make their delivery selection.
Swedish electric vehicle startup Volta Trucks has developed Volta Zero, the world’s first purpose-built fully electric 16-tonne commercial truck. It is set to enter production in 2022.
Coca-Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland have partnered with Manna Drone Delivery to support faster and more sustainable delivery of Coca-Cola products. The drone delivery service is available in Oranmore, Galway – the largest commercial drone delivery trial of its kind in the world - with plans for further roll-out to Irish towns in the coming months.
SPAR Norway’s Snarøya store has won the NACS European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award. The store features environmentally friendly materials throughout and innovative solutions that reduce the building’s energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Nestlé has developed two new packaging innovations for its Vittel® natural mineral water bottles. The new water bottles are designed to function like traditional plastic bottles but with less plastic.
Retail Robotics and the Star Service Group have signed a joint venture that will see them invest together in the installation of automated pick-up points under the Delipop brand.
SPAR Norway has been investigating opportunities to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption. With Kelvin AS it has developed a refrigeration system that is projected to decrease energy use by 58%.