Amazon is considering a plan to open up to 3,000 of its cashierless Amazon Go stores by 2021 in cities around the country, according to a Bloomberg report. Among the questions the company is debating is whether they would be convenience stores or focused more narrowly on grab-and-go dinner items, the report said.
Your industry peers are attending the Groceryshop event Oct. 28 to 31 in Las Vegas. There are already team members from Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Alex Lee, Boxed, Blue Apron, Festival Foods, Foodtown, Gelson's Markets, Grocery Outlets, Ingles Markets, Lowes Foods, Meijer, Price Chopper, Raley's Supermarkets, SpartanNash, Sprouts, Stop & Shop, Supervalu, Tawa, Thrive Market, Wegmans and more. The FMI education track will focus on the omnichannel operating imperatives. If you are interested in bringing a team of operations, technology or marketing team members to the event, apply online for the Hosted Retailers & Brands Program, which provides you with travel reimbursement and curated meetings for your group. The deadline to apply is this Friday, Sept. 21. Apply here.
Learn Insights from Driscoll's, Cold Carriers and Philip Palin, an expert in supply chain resilience and catastrophe preparedness. These supply chain stakeholders (shipper, carrier and receiver) will walk you through real life events that we are all familiar with -- significant weather events, regulatory disruption and holiday surges, and how businesses can prepare for inevitable unplanned supply chain disruptions through the use of technology, network structure and carrier relationships. Listen here or download a case study on planning for disruption.
Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya says he is "not against" the possibility of going public, but there "has to be a reason for it." He also said he would not sell the brand to a bigger company, and that he believes the trend toward plant-based yogurt is real.
The new world order requires collaboration between trading partners to enable mutually profitable growth by transforming the multi-channel supply chain to enhance consumer experience. Listen in on this session to hear ideas on how future state supply and commercial leadership deliver consumer-centered, end-to-end value chain. You will learn from Pam Erb, vice president, supply chain, Wegmans Food Markets; Rob Ferguson, senior vice president supply chain, The J.M. Smucker Company; Joseph Hunt, managing partner, Hunt Executive Search; and Joe Hurley, senior vice president, supply chain, Giant Eagle. Listen here.
At the end of any well-executed grocery supply chain is a satisfied consumer. However, as we witness an era of unprecedented change in food retail, supply chains must become more agile to keep today's consumer satisfied. Explore ways in which the supply chain is evolving.
Each time a product is touched in the supply chain -- in production, on the shelf or in between -- costs and availability are impacted. One of the most significant drivers that can cause an increase in product handling is simply the way a product is ordered. Retailers stand to gain from optimizing product flow through the supply chain. Ordering the right quantities of product can impact operational costs like labor, workplace injuries, product damage, storage and floor space.
Presented by FMI and CHEP, join us as we discuss:
- Specific operational and environmental savings that can be achieved throughout the supply chain while ensuring days-on-hand targets are met.
- Order patterns that impact labor inefficiencies, causing product to be "case picked."
- The importance of a stable unit load.
This free webinar will be held today at 2 p.m. Eastern. Register now.
Coca-Cola has acquired Organic & Raw Trading Co., an Australian firm with a portfolio that includes the Mojo kombucha brand. "The addition of Mojo kombucha fits perfectly with the growing popularity of organic, probiotic drinks," said Coca-Cola Australia President Vamsi Mohan.
B&G Foods' Green Giant brand has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to feature artwork from two of its patients on limited-edition packaging this fall, in addition to providing the hospital with a $350,000 gift. "It was important for us to release this timed to September and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to bring awareness of the important work being done by St. Jude to help children and families," said Green Giant's Jordan Greenberg.
Talking Rain Beverage Co. is bringing its Sparkling Ice brand into the energy drink category with the debut of Sparkling Ice + Caffeine. The company is testing the product in select cities and expects a nationwide rollout next year.
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