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Franprix and Cdiscount are set to combine their expertise to develop very fast deliveries for customers based in major cities.

‘Express delivery service’

The ‘express delivery service’ will allow customers that live in Paris to receive food (including hot and cold dishes) and non-food products within 30 minutes, using Franprix’s network of stores across the city.

The delivery service will also smooth the way for deliveries of top-selling products on the Cdiscount platform which can include small appliances, DIY items and toys within 90 minutes. Furthermore, customers will also be able to purchase online items while in-store thanks to the Cdiscount spaces that will be setup in Franprix stores.

Franprix said in a statement: 'In the home delivery market, a strategic issue in the Paris region, the challenge is to reconcile the digitalisation of the offer with the need to maintain a close relationship with consumers. This is the challenge that Cdiscount and Franprix have embraced by combining technological solutions and the network of 900 Franprix stores - a point of sale every 500 meters - thus guaranteeing the quality of service in an extremely short time frame.‘

Online features

Customers are now able to purchase on the Cdiscount platform around 800 SKU’s of the ‘le drugstore parisien’ banner, a Franprix-operated drugstore. In addition, Cdiscount, in collaboration with Franprix, will establish a wine shop online that will offer promotional deals on new wines.

Jean Charles Naouri, Casino Group president, said: "In this era of the growing need for immediacy, [...] this partnership, bringing together two experts in their respective fields, will particular help push the limits when it comes to speed of delivery of food and non-food products." He added: “This alliance between two brands of the Casino Group shows that it is possible to continue to innovate more by creating unprecedented synergies combining the digital world and physical world."

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Kroger partners with Loop, a circular ecommerce platform developed by TerraCycle, to advance its zero-waste vision by reducing the usage of single-use plastics.

100+ products from leading brands

The new partnership means that Kroger and Loop will pilot a new reusable packaging system that enables customers in select markets to buy more than 100 products which come in a reusable packaging. Manufacturer partners include P&G, Nestle and Unilever, while UPS will act as the delivery partner.

Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group VP of corporate affairs said: “Our commitment to innovative solutions on our path to Zero Hunger | Zero Waste aligns perfectly with Loop’s mission to create a convenient circular-packaging platform for consumers. Customers are increasingly seeking out sustainable products and services that fit their lifestyle. As the exclusive grocery retail partner for Loop in the U.S., Kroger is taking another big step toward a world with zero waste.”

How does it work?

The initial phase of the pilot will enable consumers in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C to order the products available on the Loop website or Loop partner retailers' websites. The products are then shipped directly to consumers in a reusable tote that features an external tamper seal. Once used, customers can place the empty packaging into the tote and have it picked up for free. The packaging is then cleaned, refilled and reused, hence creating a circular packaging system. In addition, consumers have also the choice of scheduling automated refills.

Source: Loop

A potential in-store Loop experience

Based on the consumer’s feedback of this new system, Kroger and Loop envisage creating an in-store Loop experience which will be located in a Kroger store.

Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan

Kroger’s partnership with Loop is seen as a major boost to its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan, which aims to reduce single-use plastics. Indeed, Kroger was the first grocer to commit to eliminating single-use plastic bags from its stores by 2025. It is also optimising its private label packaging as a part of its 2020 sustainability goals.

It’s important to note that Loop has launched last week a similar partnership with Carrefour serving Paris, and involves more than 25 manufacturers.

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Morrisons to become the first supermarket to introduce plastic-free fruit and veg areas.

60 stores during 2019

The Bradford-based supermarket aims to roll out the plastic free aisles in 60 of its stores during the course of this year. Having said that, customers that desire to purchase packaged fruit and veg can still do so in another designated area. The grocer will be selling 127 varieties of loose fruit and veg, while customers will have the choice of taking them through to the checkout either loose or use the provided recyclable paper bags. The loose range of fruit includes apples, pears, oranges, figs, persimmons and pomegranates, while the loose range of veg comprises of carrots, potatoes and onions in addition to more seasonal produce.

The move comes after a 10-month trial which took place in three stores. The pilot resulted in an average increase of 40% in loose fruit and veg sales.

Drew Kirk, fruit and veg director at Morrisons said: “Many of our customers would like the option of buying their fruit and veg loose, so we’re creating an area of our greengrocery with no plastic where they can pick as much or as little as they like. We’re going back to using traditional greengrocery and we hope customers appreciate the choice.”

156 tonnes of plastic to be saved

According to Morrisons, the new ‘buy bagless’ shelves are estimated to save 156 tonnes of plastic per year.

Several supermarkets have taken similar steps that aim to reduce the use of plastic within their supply chains, such as Tesco, Waitrose, M&S and Walmart.

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Vulnerabilities in the global supply chain

This series of reports explores several significant vulnerabilities in the increasingly global food and grocery supply chain, and proposes actions plans that you can take to be prepared and resilient.

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