All retailers can use in-home delivery
In a previous wrap-up last year, Walmart and August Home, a smart lock manufacturing company, partnered up to trial an in-home delivery service whereby groceries were delivered straight to a customer’s fridge. Since then, there has been further progress on the idea. On Tuesday, August Home announced the launch of an extension of this service in the US called August Access, where retailers can team up with August Home and its partner Deliv, a delivery startup company, to have access into customers’ homes and deliver packages directly inside. But there is a condition; customers’ front doors must be equipped with a smart lock from August, Emtek or Yale.
August Home has a unique partnership with Deliv, which provides them with a selection of potential partners that can participate in this delivery service. If a retailer is taking part in the program, August Access will be available as an alternative delivery option, for customers who have the smart lock accessories, when making online orders. When this delivery option is selected, the Deliv courier receives a one-time passcode to use if no one is available to accept the package. Customers are also notified about the delivery through the August App.
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Toyota partners with several firms for New Mobility Alliance
This week, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toyota revealed its fully electric autonomous vehicle concept named the e-Palette and its partnerships with companies such as, Amazon, Mazda, Pizza Hut and Uber that will contribute to the design and development of the idea. The vehicle is intended to be used for many different purposes; from package delivery to ride-sharing and mobile retail stores. All partners will collaborate on the vehicle planning and verification and application concepts. Moreover, the companies involved in the alliance can install their own automated driving systems if they wish.
The e-Palette will have smart keys and facial recognition features. In terms of design, the vehicle will be box-shaped and come in three different sizes – the largest being big enough to haul freight and accommodate large deliveries. The Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer hopes to start testing the vehicle in early 2020 and debut the project at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. This innovative concept could help to improve companies’ logistics operations with faster deliveries.
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Consumers pleading major brands to increase Supply Chain Transparency
Transparency is still a hot topic in the supply chain industry and it has become a growing trend in the food and garment industry, with consumers wanting to know more about the origins of products. On Tuesday, it was revealed that 70,000 consumers have signed a petition to push some big retailers, such as Walmart, Primark, Armani, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters, to disclose information about their garment factories and manufacturing environments and include transparency in their New Year’s resolutions.
The petition has stemmed from the #GoTransparent campaign which introduced the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency pledge – a worldwide transparency standard for the garment industry. In total, 17 brands promised to provide more information about their workers and supply chain operations. As a result, the petition is aimed specifically at the five brands mentioned above that did not pledge to publicly share information about their supply chain operations and increase supply chain visibility.
More information about this can be found here.
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