Walmart has agreed to acquire Alert Innovation
Amazon will hire 150,000 workers before the holiday season
Amazon.com Inc announced that it will hire 150,000 full-time, seasonal and part-time employees in its US operations ahead of the upcoming holiday season.
Canada: Loblaw expands DoorDash partnership with on-demand delivery
Loblaw offers customers more delivery options with DoorDash. In addition to the PC Express app, orders for more than 1,100 Loblaw banners (including Loblaws, Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian Superstore, Atlantic Superstore, Provigo and Maxi & Cie) can be placed on the DoorDash Marketplace app.
US: Walmart to lay off about 1,500 workers at Atlanta fulfillment center
Walmart Inc plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs at an Atlanta plant that fulfills orders placed on Walmart.com. In a Worker Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) notification, the nation’s largest retailer announced that it would be laying off 1,458 workers at the e-commerce fulfillment center located at Fulton Parkway in Atlanta, Georgia. Walmart confirmed to Reuters it was downsizing at the plant and that workers were notified of the move in late August.
United States: SpartanNash sells four distribution sites to an investment company
SpartanNash has sold four food production and distribution facilities to Provender Partners, a California-based real estate investment firm specializing in food-related properties, for $29.9 million, according to a press release. The portfolio includes refrigerated facilities in Indianapolis and Minot, North Dakota, as well as a center in Lakeland, Florida that handles frozen and refrigerated foods. Provender also acquires a grocery store and product distribution transshipment facility in Newcomerstown, Ohio. The four facilities together occupy approximately 483,000 square feet, Provender said.
United States: Procurant digitizes product inspections at Merchants Distributors Inc.
Procurant, a cloud-based software company transforming the global food supply chain, announced that Procurant Inspect, a mobile product inspection solution, has been selected by Merchants Distributors Inc. for use in its network of regional distribution centers. “Product inspection is an essential, yet labor-intensive part of providing our customers with safe, high-quality products. Procurant Inspect allows us to improve and simplify this process for our inspectors, and it adds timely information for our buyers and suppliers who already use Procurant to manage orders and payments,” said Chuck Alexander, Senior Vice President, Procurement, MDI.
Sales growth at Costco slows in September
Costco Wholesale saw sales growth slow in September after posting stronger gains in the summer months. For the five weeks ended Oct. 2, net sales climbed 10.1% to $21.46 billion from $19.5 billion a year earlier, Costco reported. This compares to net sales growth of 15.8% year-over-year in September 2021.
United States: Walmart takes automation to the next level by acquiring Alert Innovation
Walmart is reinforcing its commitment to an automated supply chain with an agreement to acquire grocery store automation specialist and partner Alert Innovation. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. David Guggina, senior vice president of innovation and automation at Walmart, announced the planned purchase of Andover, Mass.-based Alert Innovation in a blog post.
Amazon drops live testing of Scout home delivery robot
Amazon.com Inc will halt live testing of its ‘Amazon Scout’ automated delivery robot, a company spokesperson said in an emailed statement, after the US retailer realized the program was unresponsive. not fully meet the needs of its customers. The company is now downscaling or “refocusing” the program, and it will work with the employees involved to match them to other open roles within the organization, Amazon spokeswoman Alisa Carroll said, adding that ‘She wasn’t abandoning the project completely.
Japan: Seven & I raises its profit forecast on the growth of the value of sales in North America
Japan’s Seven & I Holdings raised its full-year earnings forecast as a weaker yen boosted the earnings value of its North American convenience store business. The company raised its operating profit estimate to 477 billion yen ($3.30 billion) for the year ending February 2023 from a previous figure of 455 billion yen.
Distribution alliance Epic Partners is also trying Esselunga
The Italian supermarket chain Esselunga is also joining Epic Partners, a few days after the French cooperative Système U. The central purchasing body founded by the German Edeka is gaining weight in Europe.
Carrefour Belgium takes part in the country’s first anti-food waste week
To encourage consumers to stop wasting, Carrefour Belgium is involved in the first Zero Food Waste Week, organized in Belgium by the Too Good to Go application, of which the banner has been a partner since 2018. This initiative, which took place from September 26 to October 2 is a continuation of many other initiatives that Carrefour Belgium has been implementing in this area for more than 15 years.
Aldi UK to recruit 3,000 people before the holiday season
The UK branch of German discounter Aldi said it was looking to recruit 3,000 workers ahead of the festive trading period. Privately held Aldi, which overtook Morrisons earlier this month to become Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket group, said it was looking to fill more than 2,000 temporary and permanent positions in stores. It also recruits for more than 850 positions in its 11 regional distribution centers.
Kenya: Twiga Foods partners with Isuzu, NCBA to strengthen logistics operations in the region
Kenya-based food delivery technology platform Twiga Foods has entered into a strategic partnership with automaker Isuzu EA and commercial bank NCBA Bank to enhance the accessibility and safety of fresh food delivery to retailers across the country. region. The partnership, which aims to see up to 300 Isuzu trucks hit the market in phases, has launched its first 15 commercial trucks.
Kurly denies IPO postponement rumors
Kurly, operator of online grocery and delivery service Market Kurly, has denied rumors that the company is postponing its IPO. In his statement, Kurly said he had not communicated any intention to delay the IPO to the Korea Stock Exchange or any of its investors.
The world’s first plant-based honey will be launched in Europe next January
One of Europe’s largest organic food producers, Narayan Foods, is gearing up to launch the world’s first plant-based honey in select European countries in early 2023. Narayan Honey is the first alternative to honey to arrive on the EU market which does not include processed syrup. or concentrates, but still produces an indistinguishable taste and texture of bee honey. The bee-free honey is developed by award-winning California food technology company MeliBio, which is partnering with Narayan Foods.
Belgium: Takeaway.com delivers groceries for Carrefour
The first Belgian supermarket on the Takeaway platform is the Carrefour City on Anspachlaan in the pedestrian zone of Brussels. Customers can choose from over 500 products, from fruits and vegetables to personal care products. Orders are delivered every day between 10 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.