A new employee called Toru is starting in Zalando's warehouse in Erfurt, Germany. You might consider this nothing special, but Toru is an autonomous picking robot that can not only move whole boxes, but even individual objects.
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The announcement this summer that Alibaba might open a distribution centre in Liège, Belgium, was met with a lot of jealousy in the Netherlands. Prime Minister Mark Rutte has now received founder Jack Ma personally in order to try to change his mind.
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In the United Kingdom, Amazon promises Amazon Prime members a next day delivery, but the Advertising Standards Authority now deems this claim misleading after a large number of complaints by dissatisfied customers.
Chinese internet giant JD.com wants to expand to Italy: the Milan office would be the second European office in a short period of time for Alibaba's great rival.
Belgian decoration chain Casa has launched a new web shop, that expands from mere click & collect to home delivery. From now on, the Dutch as well can order their furniture for home and garden online.
Alibaba will open five new warehouses, including one in Liege. The Chinese retail group will use its subsidiary Cainiao to expand its logistical network and technology.
Chinese retail giant Alibaba will invest 1.4 billion dollars in postal service ZTO and will obtain 10 % of the Chinese package service’s shares. Alibaba is also looking for a logistics center in Germany in order to conquer the European market.
From now on, Amazon delivers orders to the trunk of your car. The retail and technology giant has given its Prime subscribers access to get packaged delivered to the trunk of their car, without any additional costs. The service is currently limited to the United States.
35 companies, including Colruyt, Carrefour and Ikea have asked Europe to force truck manufacturers to lower their emissions 25 % by 2025. “Totally unrealistic”, the manufacturers’ spokesperson said.
Amazon wants to cut costs and that is why it will charge manufacturers with logistical fees more quickly. Up until now, the American online retailer often took it upon itself, but that move no longer seems profitable.
Online fashion store Zalando has acquired a minority stake in the German start-up Magazino, which is currently developing robotic solutions for e-commerce distribution centers.
Amazon will become its own logistical supplier: it will pick up and deliver packages for its own marketplace partners. Supermarket chain Whole Foods’ customers can also get their groceries delivered within two hours from now on.
A convenience store that drives around the neighbourhood by itself with a supply of fresh food: according to American startup Robomart, that is the convenience store’s future. It recently revealed a prototype in Las Vegas.
American online retailer Amazon has unfolded plans for a new distribution center in the German city of Mönchengladbach. It will be located near the Dutch and Belgian border and most likely be used to service these markets.
Employees at Amazon’s distribution center near Piacenza (in Italy) do not want to work overtime for the remainder of the year because they feel the holiday season puts too much pressure on them.
With Order Exchange Service, Zalando has found a way to simplify the return of a piece of clothing. Customers can use the service to return something and get a different size of that same item delivered.