The milk float, a home-delivery service that evolved from horse-drawn carriages to early electric vehicles, belongs firmly in the past. Or does it? Amsterdam-based e-groceries company Picnic had revived the milkman concept, but with a modern flourish. Bloomberg reports about it.
Dutch e-groceries company Picnic raised € 250 million in a new investment round. The company is going to build a high-tech robotized full-filing center in Utrecht (NL), with a floor area of 40,000 square meters. With this step, Picnic is taking a new step in further growth. 150,000 orders can be processed on a weekly …
At a conference in Brussels, Thomas Stroo, the head of logistics at delivery startup HelloFresh, highlighted the company’s success in creating a lean and centralized supply chain that can be micro-controlled from the farmer to the consumer’s kitchen. HelloFresh delivers over 80 million meals each month. In the Benelux region, HelloFresh runs 600 refrigerated delivery vans.
Digital technology advancement has been changing grocery retailing customers’ behavior and expectations. Enabled by digital technologies and pleased by the digital disruptors, customers are expecting convenient online shopping and fast delivery. To retain their loyalty, retailers are forced to provide better services through digital transformation.
The growth of online groceries presents great challenges. Financial director Ton van Veen of Dutch retailer Jumbo: “This is a substantial loss-making business model. Everyone knows that”. Van Veen states that the logistical process behind grocery delivery is costing too much.
The growth of e-commerce has increased demand for warehouse space, but one real estate sector is really heating up. Cold storage distribution centers are in high demand thanks to new food delivery services. The sector is still small now, but growing rapidly.
The Kroger Co. has a long history in retail grocery operations. Today, Kroger is a $115 billion company operating in 35 states in the US. Kroger owns 38 manufacturing facilities that produce about 40 percent of the private-label brands sold in Kroger stores.
Peapod Digital Labs, the digital and eCommerce engine for Ahold Delhaize USA, announced that it is partnering with leading crowdsourced logistics company Deliv to help their US brands extend same-day grocery delivery in select markets.
Ahold Delhaize, which operates supermarkets in Europe and the US (‘Stop & Shop’ and ‘Food Lion’) is on track to meet a 20 percent US online sales growth target this year as it opens automated grocery distribution points along the East Coast, chief executive Frans Muller said in an interview.
Ahold Delhaize’s Stop & Shop is updating its brand to make grocery shopping easier. The update is designed to improve the in-store experience with a focus on more fresh and healthy options and improved digital solutions. Part of the update is the introduction of robots for click and collect at special Stop & Shop pick-up …