Unilever is partnering on a pilot program that will allow consumers to have ice cream delivered via a fleet of Robomarts — branded vans stocked with products from companies such as Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Good Humor, Magnum ice cream, and Talenti.
Bel Brands USA was looking to solve a major problem. With $285M in direct and indirect material spend across 3,500 suppliers, they wanted to cut costs and increase their sourcing efficiency, which was getting too difficult to manage.
In fireside chats at NRF 2022 this week, both Walmart U.S. president/CEO John Furner and Best Buy CEO Corie Barry reinforced the importance of providing convenient consumer experiences, as well as constantly adapting to their ever-shifting needs and expectations.
Thanks to a disruption cocktail of pandemic-prompted factory shutdowns, input shortages, labor scarcities and rocky logistics, the consumer goods industry finds itself in a supply chain crisis. And, unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel remains hazy.