German discount grocer Lidl will open a $100 million regional headquarters and distribution facility in Cartersville, Ga., late next year, marking its fourth such center in the US, the company said Monday. The retailer has also set a July opening date for its next four US stores in Virginia and North Carolina, following its first wave of US store openings earlier this month.
Bruce Besanko has resigned as chief financial officer at grocery retailer and wholesaler SUPERVALU, effective July 5, the company said. Besanko, who is the third high-profile grocery executive to resign in recent days, also serves as the chief operating officer of SUPERVALU.
Updates to the Chrome browser being done on the Android O platform will allow for picture-in-picture support. The new version of Android is expected to be released with the new Pixel phones, which should be announced in the third quarter.
Trend Micro will debut a $100 million fund to target emerging technology, including technology based on the internet of things. In addition to getting funds, startups selected for the venture will be given access to Trend Micro's technology.
German startup Infarm is developing "indoor vertical farming" equipment that would allow the growth of herbs, vegetables and other produce inside grocery stores for consumers to harvest from. European wholesaler Metro Group is already trialing the equipment, and Infarm said the company has seen interest from other retailers interested in trying the system.
Successful companies take a holistic look at quality and use data to fix issues preemptively rather than simply responding to issues, writes Douglas Fair, chief operating officer at InfinityQS. Aggregating that data and using software to analyze it lets manufacturers see systemic issues and prioritize the items that need to be remedied.
Inefficient procurement practices and poor project management can cost companies dollars and hours, Chris Crane writes, so finding a procurement management platform that can offer a consistent impact and measurable results can make all the difference.
Supply chain orchestration can help manufacturers add and manage additional distribution partners while having proper oversight when it comes to improving deliveries, writes Brian Hodgson of MP Objects.
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