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CPG brands ruled Gartner’s supply chain ranking

Gartner, a Connecticut-based technological research and consulting firm, published its 2022 Global Supply Chain Top 25 List, which included companies from various industries with the best-performing supply chain systems.

Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola company, Unilever, and AB InBev joined hands to support sustainable startups in the supply chain

CPG giants like Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever have decided to support Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) 100+ Accelerator to test and fund sustainably innovative startups in the supply chain. The 100+ Accelerator is a global incubation programme that is determined to provide solutions for supply chain challenges across sustainable agriculture, circular economy, climate action, and water stewardship. Along with funding piloting startups, the incubator programme offers mega support to startups by providing them with a team of professionals who help them test their technologies in a large supply chain network. The support of The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, and Unilever will help grow this initiative and further develop the value proposition of the AB InBev 100+ Accelerator brand and aim. Read more from Consumergoods

The beverage giant, Frucor Suntory, plans to build a $400 million manufacturing plant in Australia

Frucor Suntory, the beverage giant, has planned to invest $400 million to build a new manufacturing plant in Ipswich, Queensland. The Suntory Beverage & Food APAC CEO, Taka Sanno, said that the brand sees chances of potential growth in Australia, which is why Suntory has decided to build a new manufacturing facility in the region. The plant will be able to manufacture a variety of delicious and refreshing drinks, plus, it will serve as a one-window facility where processing, packaging, warehousing, and distribution functions will take place. Read more from Insidefmcg

JBS launched its new electric-powered truck rental business: No Carbon

A global supplier of processed meat, chicken and beef products, JBS, has rolled out its new business titled No Carbon. No Carbon deals with 100% electric truck rentals and will help JBS achieve its net zero-emission goals by 2040. The company’s new business will function under JBS Novos Negócios and will manage a fleet of electric-powered refrigerated trucks. The company will initially serve in-house brands by managing the logistic operations of JBS’s Friboi, Seara, and Swift brands. The executive director at JBS Novos Negócios, Susana Martins Carvalho, remarked that No carbon will enable JBS to scale electric trucks in cargo transport in Brazil. Read more from EsmMagazine

CPG companies need to transform their supply chain to reduce carbon emissions

Most of the global CPG companies are stepping up their games to reduce their carbon footprint. DHL recently published its white paper titled “Logistics of the Energy Revolution”, shedding light on some concern-worthy facts. As per the white paper, there are five areas critical for the energy transition, and companies need to keep a closer eye on them. These areas involve work end-to-end, collaboration, digitalisation, identification of transferable skills, focus on visibility, and opting for sustainable logistics solutions. The supply chain, specifically, has to undergo major transformations like digitalisation, new technologies to monitor consumption behaviours, and new logistics management processes. If CPG companies aim to achieve energy transition, they should strategically plan for the future and address logistics challenges. Read more from ArabianBusiness

PepsiCo utilises an AI-based solution to improve efficiency across its supply chain

Pepsico is utilising an AI-empowered solution to improve efficiency and establish digital innovation across its supply chain operations. PepsiCo will use 09 Solutions’ integrated business planning platform to perform real-time scenario planning. The beverage giant would be able to evaluate the supply chain and commercial situation with the help of real-time scenario planning. Plus, the firm would help PepsiCo improve its execution arm. Read more from ConsumerGoods

Shipium provides Amazon-like supply chain technology to online retailers

Most retailers and brands struggle to acquire a fast and affordable supply chain technology like Amazon and Walmart. Shipium has decided to provide Amazon-like supply chain tech to e-commerce retailers. Shipium is establishing a tech stack, providing retailers with a supply chain coordination layer that allows them to deliver a shipment at faster and cheaper rates. The company uses the data modeling design to gather information about the cheapest and fastest shipping method and then automates it with machine learning. This way, the company claims to reduce the shipping cost by 5% and speed up the estimated delivery time. Read more from TechCrunch

A Pakistani B2B supply tech platform, Zaraye, raised $2.1 million in its pre-seed funding

A Pakistani B2B tech platform, Zaraye, connects manufacturers with suppliers, and it has raised $2.1 million in its pre-seed funding. Big names like Tiger Global and Zayn Capital participated in the funding round. Zaraye not only offers raw materials but also provides working capital to manufacturing businesses. Traditionally, manufacturers connect with suppliers directly and wait for their final rate call. However, with Zaraye, manufacturers are given an autonomous position, where they can post their requirements and suppliers can quote from Zaraye’s network of buyers. Read more from TechCrunch

Instacart is not limited to delivering grocery items only, the brand has a lot more for CPG brands

Instacart has expanded its services from being a grocery delivery platform to a suite provider for retailers, featuring technological and digital services. The company recently launched the Instacart platform, which offers e-commerce development, in-store technology like smart carts and data tools. In the marketing field, it benefitted other brands through its new marketing capabilities, like creating CPG brand pages that act as digital storefronts. Instacart has not only partnered with famous grocers like Kroger, The Giant Company, and Walmart but it has also joined hands with Walgreens and Best Buy to deliver non-grocery items, including medicines and electronic products. Read more from Modernretail

Retailers assured ethical sourcing to consumers via Labelling, RSPO trademark logo, and segregated supply chain model

As per Mintel’s 2022 global consumer trends, 61% of UK consumers prefer to buy from brands that are committed to ethical sourcing and working for the betterment of the environment. As palm oil is a key ingredient in every product sold by supermarkets, retailers need to transparently communicate the sourcing information to inform consumers that the product is not connected with deforestation or human rights and supply chain system violations. The majority of retailers have committed to sourcing 100% sustainable palm oil-based materials along with opting for a supply chain model that separates certified palm oil from an ordinary one, like the RSPO Segregated supply chain model. Retailers can assure consumers about ethical sourcing via labelling and featuring the RSPO trademark logo on their product packaging. Read more from Esmmagazine

FedEx Express is pivoting an autonomous drone to launch human-free delivery services

FedEx Express is testing a middle-mile autonomous drone in collaboration with Elroy Air to improve its efficiency, operational productivity, and safety. FedEx will test Eloy Air’s hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft Chaparral. This autonomous aircraft is able to pick up 300 to 500 pounds of cargo and deliver it up to 300 miles away without human assistance. Read more from Supplychaindive

The key to success for Asia-Pacific’s businesses and retailers: digital supply chain

As per the Ernst and Young (EY) report, the ASEAN region’s businesses and retail companies should optimise their supply chains to drive growth. The companies need to balance between the just-in-case and just-in-time models, stocking in-house large inventories. As per the EY report, firms should feature digital twinning which is a digitised replica of an already existing supply chain, enabling companies to make strategic decisions via real-time data. The report unfolds that Vietnam’s Seaport Master Plan for 2021-2030 would reduce logistics costs, while Malaysia’s Industry4WRD National Policy would enable companies to feature digital technologies in the manufacturing sector. The study further holds that the four categories, including consumer goods, electronic manufacturing, healthcare equipment, and agriculture tech, would drive growth for the businesses in the ASEAN region. Read more from Businesstimes

Unilever and SAP joined hands to pivot blockchain solutions

Unilever entered into a joint venture with SAP to pivot a blockchain solution, allowing the CG giant to track palm oil across its supply chain operations. Last year, Unilever utilised the Green Token solution provided by SAP to create digital tokens for palm oil fruits, allowing suppliers to capture their origin’s information and track their journey. As blockchain is an effective way of tracking products across complex supply chain operations, SAP’s Green Tokens provide companies with strategic blockchain solutions. These solutions range from assuring the sustainable origin of palm oil products to effective traceability of the products. Unilever stepped into the blockchain years ago, collaborating with Sainsbury, Barclays, BNP Paribas, and Standard Chartered to improve operations across the tea supply chain. Read more from Edie

Note for the retailers: The futuristic disruptive innovations in the supply chain industry

As per the Fulfillment Vision Study, presented by Zebra Technologies Inc, 78% of logistic companies aim to offer same-day delivery by 2023, while 40% of them plan to deliver goods within two days by 2028. To achieve these targets, 87% of the companies plan to utilise crowdsourced delivery and 86% of the logistic businesses plan to launch buy online/pick up in-store trend in future. The manual spreadsheets are expected to be replaced with barcode scanners, as per the response from 94% of omnichannel retailers. Respondents believe that the most disruptive technologies of the future will be robotics 37%, mobile tech 37%, autonomous vehicles 38%, and drones 39%. The need for inventory accuracy will grow by 83% in North America. More than 80% of the European and Middle Eastern businesses will use store inventory to fulfil orders, and 95% of Asia-Pacific respondents think that e-commerce is driving the need for faster delivery. Read more from Mhlnews

Nestlé expanded its Garden Gourmet portfolio by producing vegan food in Serbia

Nestlé has started to construct a new factory in the Belgrade municipality of Surcin to produce Plant-Based Eat Solutions (PBMS). The newly established factory will produce four types of vegan foods like steak, breast, medallions, and fillets under Nestlé’s Garden Gourmet portfolio that offers vegan food varieties to consumers. Marjana Davidovic, the country manager of Nestlé’s Adriatic Hub South claimed that Nestlé’s new vegan line would use locally sourced raw materials like soy. Plus, the facility would export goods to the Netherlands, U.K, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Read more from Esmmagazine

L’Oréal’s insight: The future of beauty packaging is bio-based and carbon-captured

L’Oréal’s global director of sustainable packaging, Brice Andre, stated that the future of beauty packaging will be a blend of both sustainability and desirability inspired by strong cross-industrial partnerships. He added that the packaging industry would advance due to the development of lifecycle analysis, material science, and smart product design. The beauty giant presented its global sustainability goals for 2030, comprising of the following three commitments 1, the launch of recycled or bio-based plastic packaging. 2, carbon-neutral company sites and centres. 3, utilisation of 95% of bio-based ingredients. L’Oréal is expanding its network by partnering with Nestle Waters, Suntory Beverages & Food Europe, and PepsiCo to create infinitely recyclable bottles. Plus, L’Oréal’s collaboration with LanzaTech to develop carbon-capture packaging materials is another step towards the establishment of eco-sustainable packaging. Read more from cosmeticsdesign

Costco offers in house deliveries in the US through Costco Logistics

To fulfil the U.S surged e-commerce demands, Costco delivers 85% of its LTL shipments from Costco Logistics. Costco Logistics offers in-house delivery of big and bulky products to scale up its customer satisfaction. Costco had acquired Costco Logistics as Innovel Solutions for $1 billion back in March 2020. According to the Executive Vice President and CFO, Richard Galanti, deliveries for Costco Logistics increased 22% year over year. Read more from Supplychaindive

Marks & Spencer is establishing an omnichannel capability in India

IBM has decided to help Marks & Spencer India to update its supply chain by integrating online channels and physical stores to improve customer satisfaction. M&S India is establishing an omnichannel capability with IBM’s efficient supply chain solutions, integrated with the Salesforce Commerce Cloud. IBM entered into a partnership with Acuver Consulting to help M&S lead an omnichannel order management system to enhance order fulfilment solutions, effective go-to-market, and improve customer experience. Read more from Businessstandard

CPG brands ruled Gartner’s supply chain ranking

Gartner, a Connecticut-based technological research and consulting firm, published its 2022 Global Supply Chain Top 25 List, which included companies from various industries with the best-performing supply chain systems.

Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola company, Unilever, and AB InBev joined hands to support sustainable startups in the supply chain

CPG giants like Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever have decided to support Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) 100+ Accelerator to test and fund sustainably innovative startups in the supply chain. The 100+ Accelerator is a global incubation programme that is determined to provide solutions for supply chain challenges across sustainable agriculture, circular economy, climate action, and water stewardship. Along with funding piloting startups, the incubator programme offers mega support to startups by providing them with a team of professionals who help them test their technologies in a large supply chain network. The support of The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, and Unilever will help grow this initiative and further develop the value proposition of the AB InBev 100+ Accelerator brand and aim. Read more from Consumergoods

The beverage giant, Frucor Suntory, plans to build a $400 million manufacturing plant in Australia

Frucor Suntory, the beverage giant, has planned to invest $400 million to build a new manufacturing plant in Ipswich, Queensland. The Suntory Beverage & Food APAC CEO, Taka Sanno, said that the brand sees chances of potential growth in Australia, which is why Suntory has decided to build a new manufacturing facility in the region. The plant will be able to manufacture a variety of delicious and refreshing drinks, plus, it will serve as a one-window facility where processing, packaging, warehousing, and distribution functions will take place. Read more from Insidefmcg

JBS launched its new electric-powered truck rental business: No Carbon

A global supplier of processed meat, chicken and beef products, JBS, has rolled out its new business titled No Carbon. No Carbon deals with 100% electric truck rentals and will help JBS achieve its net zero-emission goals by 2040. The company’s new business will function under JBS Novos Negócios and will manage a fleet of electric-powered refrigerated trucks. The company will initially serve in-house brands by managing the logistic operations of JBS’s Friboi, Seara, and Swift brands. The executive director at JBS Novos Negócios, Susana Martins Carvalho, remarked that No carbon will enable JBS to scale electric trucks in cargo transport in Brazil. Read more from EsmMagazine

CPG companies need to transform their supply chain to reduce carbon emissions

Most of the global CPG companies are stepping up their games to reduce their carbon footprint. DHL recently published its white paper titled “Logistics of the Energy Revolution”, shedding light on some concern-worthy facts. As per the white paper, there are five areas critical for the energy transition, and companies need to keep a closer eye on them. These areas involve work end-to-end, collaboration, digitalisation, identification of transferable skills, focus on visibility, and opting for sustainable logistics solutions. The supply chain, specifically, has to undergo major transformations like digitalisation, new technologies to monitor consumption behaviours, and new logistics management processes. If CPG companies aim to achieve energy transition, they should strategically plan for the future and address logistics challenges. Read more from ArabianBusiness

PepsiCo utilises an AI-based solution to improve efficiency across its supply chain

Pepsico is utilising an AI-empowered solution to improve efficiency and establish digital innovation across its supply chain operations. PepsiCo will use 09 Solutions’ integrated business planning platform to perform real-time scenario planning. The beverage giant would be able to evaluate the supply chain and commercial situation with the help of real-time scenario planning. Plus, the firm would help PepsiCo improve its execution arm. Read more from ConsumerGoods

Shipium provides Amazon-like supply chain technology to online retailers

Most retailers and brands struggle to acquire a fast and affordable supply chain technology like Amazon and Walmart. Shipium has decided to provide Amazon-like supply chain tech to e-commerce retailers. Shipium is establishing a tech stack, providing retailers with a supply chain coordination layer that allows them to deliver a shipment at faster and cheaper rates. The company uses the data modeling design to gather information about the cheapest and fastest shipping method and then automates it with machine learning. This way, the company claims to reduce the shipping cost by 5% and speed up the estimated delivery time. Read more from TechCrunch

A Pakistani B2B supply tech platform, Zaraye, raised $2.1 million in its pre-seed funding

A Pakistani B2B tech platform, Zaraye, connects manufacturers with suppliers, and it has raised $2.1 million in its pre-seed funding. Big names like Tiger Global and Zayn Capital participated in the funding round. Zaraye not only offers raw materials but also provides working capital to manufacturing businesses. Traditionally, manufacturers connect with suppliers directly and wait for their final rate call. However, with Zaraye, manufacturers are given an autonomous position, where they can post their requirements and suppliers can quote from Zaraye’s network of buyers. Read more from TechCrunch

Instacart is not limited to delivering grocery items only, the brand has a lot more for CPG brands

Instacart has expanded its services from being a grocery delivery platform to a suite provider for retailers, featuring technological and digital services. The company recently launched the Instacart platform, which offers e-commerce development, in-store technology like smart carts and data tools. In the marketing field, it benefitted other brands through its new marketing capabilities, like creating CPG brand pages that act as digital storefronts. Instacart has not only partnered with famous grocers like Kroger, The Giant Company, and Walmart but it has also joined hands with Walgreens and Best Buy to deliver non-grocery items, including medicines and electronic products. Read more from Modernretail

Retailers assured ethical sourcing to consumers via Labelling, RSPO trademark logo, and segregated supply chain model

As per Mintel’s 2022 global consumer trends, 61% of UK consumers prefer to buy from brands that are committed to ethical sourcing and working for the betterment of the environment. As palm oil is a key ingredient in every product sold by supermarkets, retailers need to transparently communicate the sourcing information to inform consumers that the product is not connected with deforestation or human rights and supply chain system violations. The majority of retailers have committed to sourcing 100% sustainable palm oil-based materials along with opting for a supply chain model that separates certified palm oil from an ordinary one, like the RSPO Segregated supply chain model. Retailers can assure consumers about ethical sourcing via labelling and featuring the RSPO trademark logo on their product packaging. Read more from Esmmagazine

FedEx Express is pivoting an autonomous drone to launch human-free delivery services

FedEx Express is testing a middle-mile autonomous drone in collaboration with Elroy Air to improve its efficiency, operational productivity, and safety. FedEx will test Eloy Air’s hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft Chaparral. This autonomous aircraft is able to pick up 300 to 500 pounds of cargo and deliver it up to 300 miles away without human assistance. Read more from Supplychaindive

The key to success for Asia-Pacific’s businesses and retailers: digital supply chain

As per the Ernst and Young (EY) report, the ASEAN region’s businesses and retail companies should optimise their supply chains to drive growth. The companies need to balance between the just-in-case and just-in-time models, stocking in-house large inventories. As per the EY report, firms should feature digital twinning which is a digitised replica of an already existing supply chain, enabling companies to make strategic decisions via real-time data. The report unfolds that Vietnam’s Seaport Master Plan for 2021-2030 would reduce logistics costs, while Malaysia’s Industry4WRD National Policy would enable companies to feature digital technologies in the manufacturing sector. The study further holds that the four categories, including consumer goods, electronic manufacturing, healthcare equipment, and agriculture tech, would drive growth for the businesses in the ASEAN region. Read more from Businesstimes

Unilever and SAP joined hands to pivot blockchain solutions

Unilever entered into a joint venture with SAP to pivot a blockchain solution, allowing the CG giant to track palm oil across its supply chain operations. Last year, Unilever utilised the Green Token solution provided by SAP to create digital tokens for palm oil fruits, allowing suppliers to capture their origin’s information and track their journey. As blockchain is an effective way of tracking products across complex supply chain operations, SAP’s Green Tokens provide companies with strategic blockchain solutions. These solutions range from assuring the sustainable origin of palm oil products to effective traceability of the products. Unilever stepped into the blockchain years ago, collaborating with Sainsbury, Barclays, BNP Paribas, and Standard Chartered to improve operations across the tea supply chain. Read more from Edie

Note for the retailers: The futuristic disruptive innovations in the supply chain industry

As per the Fulfillment Vision Study, presented by Zebra Technologies Inc, 78% of logistic companies aim to offer same-day delivery by 2023, while 40% of them plan to deliver goods within two days by 2028. To achieve these targets, 87% of the companies plan to utilise crowdsourced delivery and 86% of the logistic businesses plan to launch buy online/pick up in-store trend in future. The manual spreadsheets are expected to be replaced with barcode scanners, as per the response from 94% of omnichannel retailers. Respondents believe that the most disruptive technologies of the future will be robotics 37%, mobile tech 37%, autonomous vehicles 38%, and drones 39%. The need for inventory accuracy will grow by 83% in North America. More than 80% of the European and Middle Eastern businesses will use store inventory to fulfil orders, and 95% of Asia-Pacific respondents think that e-commerce is driving the need for faster delivery. Read more from Mhlnews

Nestlé expanded its Garden Gourmet portfolio by producing vegan food in Serbia

Nestlé has started to construct a new factory in the Belgrade municipality of Surcin to produce Plant-Based Eat Solutions (PBMS). The newly established factory will produce four types of vegan foods like steak, breast, medallions, and fillets under Nestlé’s Garden Gourmet portfolio that offers vegan food varieties to consumers. Marjana Davidovic, the country manager of Nestlé’s Adriatic Hub South claimed that Nestlé’s new vegan line would use locally sourced raw materials like soy. Plus, the facility would export goods to the Netherlands, U.K, France, Italy, Spain, and Germany. Read more from Esmmagazine

L’Oréal’s insight: The future of beauty packaging is bio-based and carbon-captured

L’Oréal’s global director of sustainable packaging, Brice Andre, stated that the future of beauty packaging will be a blend of both sustainability and desirability inspired by strong cross-industrial partnerships. He added that the packaging industry would advance due to the development of lifecycle analysis, material science, and smart product design. The beauty giant presented its global sustainability goals for 2030, comprising of the following three commitments 1, the launch of recycled or bio-based plastic packaging. 2, carbon-neutral company sites and centres. 3, utilisation of 95% of bio-based ingredients. L’Oréal is expanding its network by partnering with Nestle Waters, Suntory Beverages & Food Europe, and PepsiCo to create infinitely recyclable bottles. Plus, L’Oréal’s collaboration with LanzaTech to develop carbon-capture packaging materials is another step towards the establishment of eco-sustainable packaging. Read more from cosmeticsdesign

Costco offers in house deliveries in the US through Costco Logistics

To fulfil the U.S surged e-commerce demands, Costco delivers 85% of its LTL shipments from Costco Logistics. Costco Logistics offers in-house delivery of big and bulky products to scale up its customer satisfaction. Costco had acquired Costco Logistics as Innovel Solutions for $1 billion back in March 2020. According to the Executive Vice President and CFO, Richard Galanti, deliveries for Costco Logistics increased 22% year over year. Read more from Supplychaindive

Marks & Spencer is establishing an omnichannel capability in India

IBM has decided to help Marks & Spencer India to update its supply chain by integrating online channels and physical stores to improve customer satisfaction. M&S India is establishing an omnichannel capability with IBM’s efficient supply chain solutions, integrated with the Salesforce Commerce Cloud. IBM entered into a partnership with Acuver Consulting to help M&S lead an omnichannel order management system to enhance order fulfilment solutions, effective go-to-market, and improve customer experience. Read more from Businessstandard