Editor's Comment

Editorial: Automation gets boost as Ocado reveals limited impact of warehouse fire


This week saw Ocado reveal the impact of a warehouse fire in Andover. The incident in February had raised questions over the viability of its retail business and in a wider sense about automation which now seem to have been laid to rest, if the company’s share price is anything to go by.

In Sweden, the government has approved a trial of driverless vehicles on a public road. In the UK, Royal Mail is hoping to cut emissions through electric vehicles.

We look at Adidas’s efforts to go direct to consumer and the logistical demands – and limits – this has placed on it.

Our opinion piece by Exponential-e looks into how the cloud is informing supply chains and we report on a survey that reveals that consumers would shop more with retailers if they offered free returns.