Walmart Inc. has revealed plans to open a 340,000-square-foot high-tech consolidation center in Colton, Calif., this July – the first in the company’s supply chain to receive, sort and ship freight via automated technology that “will enable three times more volume to flow throughout the center .
The greater Boston area will soon see self-driving vehicles bringing groceries to ecommerce shoppers’ doorsteps, with Stop & Shop planning to launch the service in the spring.
Same-store sales for the retailer grew 1.9% for the quarter ended Dec. 1 while its e-commerce business grew 73%.
Kroger Co.’s digital sales were a $5 billion business in 2018 and the grocer predicts that number could nearly double in 2019. CEO Rodney McMullen believes Kroger will be “one of the players” dominating the grocery business 10 years from now, reported Business Insider.
Walgreens Boots Alliance is experimenting with digital technology in cooler doors to offer shoppers personalized ads. The technology uses cameras and digital screens to deliver advertising based on shopper characteristics including gender and estimated age.
The company plans to invest $2.3 billion in 2019 in the improvement of its delivery network and in repositioning Stop & Shop, while cutting costs by about $2 million in the coming three years.
The pilot program will take place in Miami-Dade County, FL, using Postmates as its delivery partner, which is already connected to Ford’s digital platform. Walmart and Ford agree autonomous vehicles have an important role to play as we consider the future of delivery.
Consulting firm Brick Meets Click finds that the retailer offers a more seamless experience between online and offline channels for customers than Kroger and Walmart.
Ahold Delhaize will roll out small, automated warehouses to speed order picking and cut delivery times, as it revamps its e-commerce business in response to rising competition. The company will automate order collection at mini “robot supermarkets” attached to the stores of its U.S. chains like Stop & Shop, teaming up with Takeoff, a startup which builds small warehouses that stack groceries to save space and use robot arms to assemble shoppers’ orders. The warehouses cost about $3 million to build, which Takeoff says is less than the cost of a typical store revamp, reported Reuters.
Amazon will split its second headquarters between two cities, with each housing 25,000 workers, according to a Wall Street Journal report.