Industry News

Looking for news and updates from within the Logistics and Supply Chain Industry, look no further for DAILY topical Industry updates and Insights


01/10/18

VIDEO: Are dexterous robots taking control?

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28/09/18

New FMCG is about focused communications to consumers and building lasting relationships…

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26/09/18

Designing systems to reduce the waste modern society generates, by reusing and re-purposing products…

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25/09/18

UK’s total food and drink imports in the first six months of 2018 cost over £23bn…

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24/09/18

Primark expands sustainable cotton programme into second major sourcing country…

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23/09/18

Burberry Group reveals new rainbow print to support charities…

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22/09/18

New charity scheme helping homeless people receive cashless donations…

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21/09/18

Concerns tech giant Amazon used data from sellers to boost own sales…

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20/09/18

Manufacturer Mars to adopt a new sourcing strategy to “fix broken global supply chains” and nurture “longer term” partnerships with fewer suppliers…

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19/08/18

UK’s largest retailer Tesco, launches discount brand to challenge rise in market share enjoyed by Aldi and Lidl…

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18/09/18

Tackling global food waste with an app…

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17/09/18

Growth of discounters and convenience stores could come at a cost to food suppliers and manufacturers…

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16/09/18

Corporation tax is based on profits, not revenues, so should tech companies be paying more tax?…

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15/09/18

UK Government awards £730m NHS logistics contract to Unipart Logistics…

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14/09/18


13/09/18

Dairy company Arla has pledged to donate its entire 2018 profit to farmers whose businesses have been hit by droughts across Europe…

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12/09/18

The latest global charity technology trends, to raise money and awareness!..

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11/9/18

Funding boost for green last mile
delivery bikes…

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10/9/18

Despite a decline in commercial high street footfall, increasing numbers of charity retailers report positive growth…

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9/9/18

Charity Sector hits total income increase of over £2bn in one year….

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8/9/18

Innovations in Technology and Artificial Intelligence, key to making NHS worlds best…

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7/9/18

The UK Plastic Pact – World-first collaboration creating sustainable system for plastics…

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6/9/18

Supermarket Chain LIDI donates £1m to charity – NSPCC…

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5/9/18

Nisa’s registered charity, Making A Difference Locally, celebrates raising over £10m to local communities…

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3/9/18

Amount of surplus food businesses gave to charities increased by 50% in between 2015 and 2017…

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2/9/18

Fashion retailer Cath Kidston and Fearne Cotton, produce new clothing collaboration…

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1/9/18

The Ohmni robot, will it walk the talk for the first time at London fashion week…

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31/8/18

Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton leads the race unveiling a new collaboration with fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger…

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30/8/18

British Retail Consortium (BRC) warns forecast warmer weather, could cost non-food retailers up to £80m per week…

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29/8/18

Amazon regarded as one of UK’s most reputable retailers…

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28/8/18

Printing and Graphics trends; insight into the impact of the menswear market…

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27/8/18

Polaroid collaborates with German multinational apparel manufacturer Puma to celebrate its 80th anniversary with a fashion collection…

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26/8/18

Getting a seat at a fashion week and the impact of the runway spotlight…

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25/8/18

New Government strategy aims to make Britain a 21st century exporting superpower…Government_Exporting500px


24/8/18

Can retailers lure shoppers back for the bumper Bank Holiday weekend…

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23/8/18

New figures show growth of online clothing sales down 4.3% against five-year average…

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22/8/18

Clarks family-founded British start-up – Vivobarefoot – aim to make the most sustainable shoes on the planet…

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21/8/18

More than 600 warehousing jobs are under threat at House of Fraser…

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20/8/18

Indie retailers reveal how to survive and thrive on the high street…

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19/8/18

New research shows young men are the UK’s top footwear consumers…

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18/8/18

Fashion tech start-up Threads raises up to £15.7m in funding drive…

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17/8/18

The embattled department store chain House of Fraser has cancelled all orders placed online and offering refunds to its customers…

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16/8/18

Drinks giant Diageo launches a new range of flavoured and editable straws to accompany its ready-to-drink cans…

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15/8/18

A change in culture that could attract more women engineers into careers in Manufacturing and Food & Drink Industry…

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14/8/18

Retailers such as Argos, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer among those to help promote ‘Purple Tuesday’ the UK’s first ever accessible shopping day…

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13/8/18

Campaigners and the RMT union hit out as rail fares as economists predict they will increase prices by 3.5%…

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12/8/18

Supermarket Company ASDA Cuts prices on even lower of their own-label products… 

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11/8/18

Fast food Asian-inspired restaurant company Itsu launches a trial of paperless receipts…

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10/8/18

Scientists develop biodegradable batteries made out of paper…

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9/8/18

British department store House of Fraser’s fate could be decided today…

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8/8/18

British snack food manufacturer Walkers Crisps introduce mobile campaign billboards as part of a campaign urging to ditch plastic packaging…

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7/8/18

The Boards of Landmark Wholesale and Today’s Group have agreed to merge the two buying groups, to form new company Unitas Wholesale…

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6/8/18

Chocolate manufacturer Mars pulls the plug on Youtube adverts after “unacceptable” link to rap video…

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5/8/18

Trillion Dollar Apple becomes the first company to do so in the US…

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4/8/18

Digital Shopping app, wherewolf, launches a pop-up store in London’s Covent Garden park…

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3/8/18

Food Traceability boosted by a new £1.4 data-sharing network to help benefit manufacturers…

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2/8/18

Government face a demand of “Major Concerns” in the food industry over the UK’s exit of the EU…

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1/8/18

Ride-Hailing company Uber set to focus on developing free car travel rather than looking At goods transportation…

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31/07/18

Independent non-profit group Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) announce UK Farming sectors Reduction of Antibiotic Usage…

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30/07/18

Supermarkets and BRC lined up for criticism following the government’s suggestion for stores should stockpile foods in events of “no deal” Brexit…

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29/07/18

Security Firm Cenkos have been told to sell up with demand for ‎strategic review…

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28/07/18

Drinks manufacturer Britvic sales have fall flat after CO2 shortages couldn’t keep up with drinks demand of the summer sun…

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27/07/18

Retail Giants Amazon’s Quarterly profits break into $2bn all thanks to its cloud business…

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26/07/18

Swiss Transnational Food and Drink Company Nestle to find out if there Product KitKat will get a break in four-finger trademark battle…

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25/07/18

UK Mail begins rebranding to DHL Parcel UK as they enable international delivery services to be expanded in the UK… 

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24/07/18

Tesco Sets to challenge Aldi and Lidl as it attempts to neutralize the threat of discount retailers….

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23/07/18

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22/07/18

KP Snacks acquire UK-Based company Popchips as second snack business….

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21/07/18

Cadbury to produce a reduced sugar version of the nation’s favourite chocolate to give a healthier option…

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19/07/18

Mr Kipling and Batchelors Fuel Sales Growth for Premier Foods…

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18/07/18

British Retail Consortium warns time for “reality check” as food supply crisis could mean on UK Customers and EU Producers…

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17/07/18

Online Retailer ASOS is spending millions expanding and opening warehouses in-line with ecommence trends…

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08/07/18

New initiative launched, to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty…                    FreshFood Circle 500px


07/07/18

Homebase to axe 303 support centre jobs after buyout…

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06/07/18

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has successfully completed a pilot using blockchain technology…

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04/07/18

What does the future hold for our town centres and High Streets…Online Shopping500px


03/07/18

23 “real-world” questions that urgently need answers as the UK’s EU exit approaches…
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02/07/18

Tesco moves to bolster ‘value’ through alliance with French multinational retailer Carrefour…

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01/07/18

Amazon interested in expanding into healthcare…

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30/6018
VIDEO: pizza-making robot
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29/06/18
VIDEO: Beijing raises its game, with its Made in China 2025 project


28/06/18
Heineken invests £40m in craft Brewer
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27/06/18
Morrisons builds on supplier relations progress
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26/06/18
Scotbeef and Aldi extend red meat partnership
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25/06/18
VIDEO: How to shop in Birmingham’s plastic-free supermarket



24/06/18
Inquiry into remodelling fashion industry, to improve sustainability
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23/06/18
Creditors vote on Friday – whether to close more than half of House of Fraser’s stores
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22/06/18
Shortage of CO2 could have “potentially huge” effect on food production
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21/06/18
Should M&S seriously start considering Amazon tie-up?
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20/06/18
Consumer group Which? calls on government to fix the food labelling standards when the UK leaves the EU
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19/06/18
Tesco’s decision to remove best-before dates from select fruit and vegetable lines will be a benchmark that all other supermarkets will follow
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18/06/18
British Chambers of Commerce has cut its UK growth forecast for 2018
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17/06/18
Brexit to have major impact on food production
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16/06/18
From September, McDonald’s replace plastic straws with paper ones in all UK and Ireland restaurants
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15/06/18
Tesco growth plans on track after reports of 10th consecutive quarter of rising sales
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14/06/18
Reykjavik – Iceland, expands food delivery by drone!fooddronecircleimage


13/06/18
Success for manufacturers who adopt UK-wide Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for beverage containers?
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12/06/18
2 Sisters to create 300 new roles in Devon
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11/06/18
Poundworld faces collapse after talks fail; putting 5,100 jobs at risk
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10/06/18
How the Littlewoods building is being transformed
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09/06/18
UK prepares “backstop” proposals for customs arrangements with the EU, if permanent deal is not ready in time
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08/06/18
Poundworld on brink of administration putting 5,300 jobs at risk
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07/06/18
Department store chain House of Fraser to close 31 stores as retail industry continues to experience fundamental changes
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06/06/18
Shop closures hit UK’s smaller retail centres hardest
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05/06/18
Aunt Bessie’s frozen food firm to be sold to Birds Eye owner, in a deal worth £210m
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04/06/18
Could the proposed mega merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda create a “duopoly” that will seriously harm the interests of manufacturers and consumers?
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03/06/18
Blackcurrant skins left over in the production of Ribena have been used to create a new type of hair dye
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02/06/18
Takeaways to be delivered by drone in Shanghai!
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01/06/18
Europe trade war threatens tariffs on US peanut butter and orange juice
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31/05/18
Ocado elevated to the FTSE 100
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30/05/18
Arla plans to cut 154 jobs as part of a strategic review into operating efficiencies
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29/05/18
As the supermarkets and High Street chains fight tooth and nail for market share, the convenience store sector is holding its own
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28/05/18
Tesco has announced it will shut down its Tesco Direct website
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27/05/18
This week saw a number of food businesses announce their financial results
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26/05/18
Encouraging a positive work culture at McVitie’s
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25/05/18
Shortage of migrant fruit-pickers is driving demand for robotic alternatives
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24/05/18
Brexit: Technology-based customs system ‘could cost £20bn’
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23/05/18
What can M&S do to entice more people back into its stores?
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22/05/18
13% of manufacturers report increase in EU workers leaving
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21/05/18
British Insurance Brokers’ Association pleased with decision from Department for Transport for continuation of existing insurance processes between the UK and EU – preventing disruption for commercial fleets

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20/05/18
Mothercare confirms 50 store closures
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19/05/18
Ocado shares rise 44% on news of Kroger tech deal
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18/05/18
Predictable Post-Brexit panic has led to the investigation of alternative labour methods
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17/05/18
VIDEO: What Mr Kipling makes of supermarket merger
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16/05/18
Bisto and Mr Kipling makers Premier Foods’ shares boosted by sales growth

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15/05/18
Many retailers’ delivery offers still fail to meet the demands of customers
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14/05/18
Amazon reportedly try to start talks to buy Waitrose from the John Lewis Partnership to fulfill Amazon’s Prime ambition

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13/05/18
UK’s Lake District launches a feasibility study into self-driving pods as an environmentally friendly transport alternative
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12/05/18
Combining GPS, a normal map, and laser sensors allows autonomous car to drive where others cannotautonomous vehicles circle image


11/05/18
Sainsbury’s-Asda may ‘have to sell at least 73 shops’
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10/05/18
Former owner of Comet, the electrical goods retailer, among prospective buyers of DIY chain Homebase
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09/05/18
The Ocado robot swarms that pack your shopping
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08/05/18
Walmart expected to announce it is buying a majority stake in Indian e-commerce firm Flipkart later this week
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07/05/18
Competition Commission finds UK supermarkets altering product prices based on local competition, not just on local costs
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06/05/18
Supply chain concerns arise surrounding proposed Sainsbury’s Asda merger
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05/05/18
New facility in the UK focuses on manufacturing gluten free
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04/05/18
VIDEO: Could Morrisons win in Sainsbury’s-Asda deal?
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03/05/18
Prestigious retailer House of Fraser struggling with changing consumer habits
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02/05/18
VIDEO: Drones deliver blood and medical supplies
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01/05/18
Where’s My Container? cargo tracking tool
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30/04/18
Leading supply chain, transport and logistics company, Eddie Stobart, awarded Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award
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29/04/18
Food and drink manufacturing businesses have joined forces to tackle plastic pollution
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28/04/18
Discount retailer Poundworld plans to close more than a quarter of its stores
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27/04/18
Sweden trialling road that charges vehicles while they drive on it
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26/04/18
Amazon has reported a 43% surge in revenues for the first quarter
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25/04/18
Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) gives green light to Co-operative Group’s £137.5m takeover of wholesaler and convenience retail specialist Nisa Retail
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24/04/18
UK food sector is lagging behind on pack digitalisation
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23/04/18
Morrisons has developed a free-to-use online portal for its suppliers
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22/04/18
Up to 250 jobs at risk at Müller’s UK foodservice delivery arm
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21/04/18
B&Q takes another 375,000 sq ft DC
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20/04/18
Asparagus farmers make robot to replace human workers
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19/04/18
Shops need to connect with their customers, reports show
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18/04/18
M&S to close distribution centre, putting 450 workers at risk
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17/04/18
Owner of Primark – Associated British Foods, hailed clothing chain’s UK performance as “remarkable” after significant boost in sales
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16/04/18
Employee at Alibaba packing centre in China describes what it is like to have non-human colleagues
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15/04/18
Shop Direct to close three fulfilment centres in Greater Manchester, with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs
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14/04/18
Video: pepper-picking robot named Harvey reducing crop waste


13/04/18
Video: UK dairy firms see an increase in demand for glass milk bottles, amid concern over plastic waste


12/04/18
Food firms urged to look outside Europe to export
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11/04/18
Fast food giants, coffee shops and retailers are relabelling low-skilled jobs as apprenticeships and gaining subsidies for training
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10/04/18
UK’s fifth largest supermarket chain Aldi plans to build on a 13 acre plot in North Warwickshire
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09/04/18
Independent market research from Conveyor Networks shows online retailers need greater automation in the warehouse to help meet delivery schedules and improve customer serviceecommerce circle image


08/04/18
Manufacture of Peugeot and Citroen-branded vans could commence in UK
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07/04/18
Morrisons to create 100 fish processing roles
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06/04/18
Food and drink manufacturers could fulfil extra line capacity using new service ‘Mypackme’
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05/04/18
Investment needed in UK’s domestic food supply chain infrastructure to secure Food Security
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04/04/18
Russian start-up Naviaddress implementing ‘digital delivery wizardry’ using short sequence of digits that function as ‘smart address’
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03/04/18
Revealed: The most vulnerable countries in the UK at most at risk of losing jobs to robotics and software
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02/04/18
Plastic recycling: Your questions answered
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01/04/18
In the build-up to Easter in excess of 9,000 tonnes of liquid chocolate is distributed to manufacturers across the UK!
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31/03/18
FTA’s Head of Road Network Management Policy reports that lifting 300 miles of roadworks will help deliver Easter

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30/03/18
Up to a third of all Easter eggs’ weight comes from the packaging
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29/03/18
China’s online retail giant Alibaba partnership with Ford, as Cloud-computing and e-commerce redefine how consumers purchase cars…
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28/03/18
Fedex expand their E-Commerce Capabilities with leader in last-mile delivery solutions
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27/03/18
Reports suggest robots, automation and artificial intelligence, will put millions out of work
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25/03/18
New Look to axe 1,000 jobs and 60 stores
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24/03/18
Logistics careers are “driving satisfaction”
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23/03/18
What does the factory of the future look like?

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22/03/18
What does the future hold for humanoid robots?
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21/03/18
UK exports have fallen in the first quarter of this year, as the rising value of the pound made British products less desirable overseas
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20/03/18
Falling automation costs are predicted to cause job losses as manufacturers return to richer economies
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19/03/18
Food and drink manufacturing could face a hidden ‘hard Brexit’ once the UK leaves the EU because of Rules of Origin
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18/03/18
From driver-less cars to augmented humans, check out these five top technologies that will change the way we work and play
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17/03/18
All Toys R Us stores to close their doors
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16/03/18
Morrisons adds 200 local suppliers to supply chain
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15/03/18
Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever, maker of Marmite and Dove soap, has chosen Rotterdam over London for its headquarters
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14/03/18
The UK’s fourth-biggest supermarket chain Morrisons has announced an 11% jump in full-year profits
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13/03/18
Waymo to launch a pilot in Atlanta where self-driving trucks will carry freight
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12/03/18
What happens when AI meets robotics?
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11/03/18
Greater visibility is needed in the food supply chain to predict problems before they occur
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10/03/18
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09/03/18
Bidvest workers made redundant, to be offered their jobs back after restaurant delivery crisis
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08/03/18
Drone-tracking system paves way for UK deliveries from air
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07/03/18
Top ‘mega’ food trends for 2018 revealed
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06/03/18
Fleet of smart robots could fill gaps in labour market and help cut costs

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05/03/18
Analysts are warning of a trade war, as officials from Europe, Asia and Latin America threaten retaliation
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04/03/18
Up 120 jobs are at risk at a Rugby site distributing Premier Foods
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03/03/18
Unilever relocation could dictate future priorities of the business
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02/03/18
Amazon buys ‘smart’ doorbell firm Ring
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01/03/18
High street baker Greggs continues to invest in consolidating its manufacturing operations and expanding its logistics capacity
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28/02/18
Shareholders vote in favour of Tesco and Booker merger
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27/02/18
KFC faces gravy shortage as distribution problems continue
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26/02/18
Expert reaction: KFC supply chain crisis could have been avoided
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25/02/18
Rise of the Cobots –  ideal  for many companies looking to embrace robotics
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24/02/18
50 custom-made all-electric vans with 100 miles of range for UPS
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23/02/18
Amazon workers unwittingly reveal potential new HQ
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22/02/18
Government prepares for Unilever picking Netherlands over UK

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21/02/18
Security researchers have posted “friendly warnings” to users of Amazon’s cloud data storage service whose private content has been made public
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20/02/18
Food and drink company Princes has confirmed it is conducting a review of its manufacturing business
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19/02/18
Convenience chain McColl’s has passed the £1bn sales mark for the first time, following its acquisition of 298 Co-op stores last year
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18/02/18
The Future Of Airbnb And Amazon Might Hinge On A Smart Lock
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17/02/18
Annual Manufacturing Report 2018: UK manufacturers confident
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16/02/18
Lidl opens its 700th store in the UK
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15/02/18
Analysts warn Tesco discount store plan – as disastrous as Sainsbury’s revival of Netto
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14/08/18
Unilever to drop advertising on toxic online platforms
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13/08/18
Morrisons to enter Channel Islands market with franchise and wholesale dealmorrisons circle image


12/02/18
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee to launch enquiry into the sugar trade post-Brexit
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11/02/18
Mondelēz, the chocolate manufacturer, is looking for four chocolate tasters to test out new inventions from its brands, including Cadbury, Oreo, Milka and Green & Black’s
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10/02/18
Robotics start-up aims to revolutionise material handling
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09/02/18
International dairy cooperative Arla Foods is to acquire Yeo Valley Dairies, a subsidiary of the Yeo Valley Group, in plans to capitalise on the growing demand for organic productsarla lorry circle image


08/02/18
The Government’s own analysis of the impact of leaving the EU on every industrial sector
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07/02/18
Automation could threaten up to 3.6M jobs in Britain by 2030
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06/02/18
Food and drink manufacturers have been urged to plan ahead to ensure their businesses are financially robust enough to trade, with the extra costs and barriers of a Hard Brexit

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05/02/18
Lidl launches online chatbot that recommends wine based on your budget and food choicesbottled wine


04/02/18
Diageo partners with UberEats and UK convenience retailers
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03/02/18
Britvic to create 80 jobs at Rugby plant
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02/02/18
Amazon patents wristband to track warehouse workers’ movements
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01/02/18
Coca-Cola European Partners has announced plans to shut two UK sites with the loss of circa 300 jobs
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31/01/18
Amazon to create 400 permanent jobs at a new fulfilment centre in Rugby, Warwickshire as part of a £6.4bn investment in its UK business
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30/01/18
70% of food and beverage manufacturing companies, struggling or in crisis due to supply of low and unskilled workers
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29/01/18
Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google, joins Brian Cox to discuss what AI could mean for the workplace, watch the full VIDEO here
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28/01/18
The weakness of the pound has hit food manufacturers’ profits
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27/01/18
Top Tech Robots you never knew existed! Watch the video below:

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26/01/18
Food and drink suppliers have been warned to improve their eCommerce processes or risk missing out on potential growth in 2018
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25/01/18
ASOS UK sales benefitted from the launch of same-day delivery and “Try Before You Buy”
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24/01/18
Cyber incidents are a significant threat for businesses globally, including food manufacturers, the Allianz Risk Barometer 2018 has revealed
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23/01/18
Tesco has today announced plans to “simplify its operational structures”, placing 1,700 jobs at risk in the UK, with changes designed to “improve efficiency
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22/01/18
An innovative approach to minimising food waste has been developed by Nestlé UK and Ireland in partnership with Company Shop – the UK’s largest redistributor of surplus food
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21/01/18
Associated British Foods (ABF) has posted a 4% rise in group sales in its first-quarter trading update, as its sugar revenues continue to be hit by lower prices in the EU
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20/01/18
2 Sisters-owned Holland’s Pies unveils new product packaging

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19/01/18
Amazon shortlists 20 metropolitan areas for new headquarters
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18/01/18
Birdseye owner Nomad Foods is to acquire Goodfella’s Pizza from 2 Sisters Food Group owner Boparan Holdings
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17/01/18
Digital technologies drive food industry efficiency
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16/01/18
Mr Kipling manufacturer Premier Foods has quashed rumours that it plans to sell its Batchelors brand to key shareholder Nissin Foods Holdings
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15/01/18
Global sourcing, thanks to Brexit, and vegan products lead this gallery of the top 10 UK food trends for 2018
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14/01/18
Firms are finding it harder than ever to recruit skilled workers, with almost three quarters of services businesses struggling to make the hires they need
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13/01/18
Tesco has posted a rise in sales over the Christmas period in its third-quarter trading statement, boosted by strong sales of fresh food
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12/01/18
Ocado to trial humanoid robot warehouse assistant


11/01/18
Automation replaces human jobs, so should we be taxing robots?
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10/01/18
British Retail Consortium and KPMG figures reveal high street retailers struggle as, consumers focus on essentials
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09/01/18
Discount retailer Lidl is to create up to 1,000 jobs at a new distribution centre in Luton, as part of a £1.45bn investment in it British business
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08/01/18
Environment Secretary – Michael Gove, advises Food and drink manufacturers to automate production systems, instead of relying on low-cost migrant workers
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07/01/18
Online shopping is skyrocketing. So what are cities going to do about it?
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06/01/18
New reports warn automation poses a threat to lower-paid jobs
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05/01/18
Nestlé Waters is to expand its bottling and distribution plant in Buxton, Derbyshire, creating more than 70 new jobs
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04/01/18
2 Sisters donated over ‘200,000 meals’ to charity to tackle hunger over the Christmas and New Year period
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Archive Industry News 2017
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