Future of Food


European Companies Team on a Shopping Mall for Grocery Pickup

A technology company and a last-mile delivery firm have teamed to roll out co-located banks of multibrand automated grocery storage lockers called Delipop, preparing for rollout in France.

Wholesalers & Distributors

UNFI Rolls Out All-Electric Refrigerated Trailer Fleet

The new units out of the wholesaler’s distribution center in Riverside, Calif., get out in front of zero-emission mandates as diesel-powered predecessors go to the garage for retrofitting.

The retailer says the partnership with Drone Express, to begin testing this week near Cincinnati, will offer a strategic option to meet customers needing small deliveries—at home and on the road.

From the quick-twitch viewpoint of the contract-based delivery driver, not all gigs—nor retailers—are created equal.

Now testing in Estonia, the 701 is an adaptable electric delivery vehicle piloted by an off-site operator.

Officials in a press event said the long-awaited opening of robotic fulfillment centers will usher in a new era of quality and reliability in grocery e-commerce—and deliver the retailer to new places, too.

The $2.8 billion investment, which comes as U.S. grocery retailers embrace microfulfillment centers, values the automated warehouse company at $7.7 billion.

The automated facility in Carlstadt, N.J., will provide a more efficient and effective offering, officials of the Asian specialty chain say.

Kalera recently appointed former Georgia governor and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to its board of directors.

The fast-growing meal-kit company is moving to take further advantage of what it believes is a more environmentally friendly model for food retailing, says Jeff Yorzyk, its U.S. director of sustainability.

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