Online groceries, micro-fulfillment & warehouse automation.

It comes as no surprise that the pandemic has accelerated online shopping — nowhere is this more true than for the grocery segment. The European market for online groceries will expand by 66% by 2023. Here we examine the challenges and opportunities grocery retailers face, and the rise of warehouse automation and micro-fulfilment.

Traditional grocery retailers have failed to adapt

Covid-19 has led to an e-commerce surge but the costs of running a delivery network remain high. In the UK, e-commerce took two decades to go from 0 to around 7% of total grocery sales. The Financial Times reports that it…


Some of the stats are crazy! Very insightful - Will be interesting to see which players come out on top. There's definitely so much room for innovation in the food supply chain (:


Cryptocurrencies are still far away from being widely adopted at on a global scale. Until cryptocurrencies’ price has stabilised its use as a payment system and hence its role in global trade is limited.

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Before assessing cryptocurrencies’ application in the supply chain it is important to appreciate how blockchain has impacted the business world. To understand the fundamentals of cryptocurrencies you can read Part 1. The key drivers to blockchain’s implementation in the supply chain have been to increase transparency, improve security and reduce costs. The following are some of the benefits it provides:

  • Reduced paperwork and administrative costs
  • Improved…

Many have made gains from Bitcoin’s recent explosion in price. However, cryptocurrencies promise to deliver far greater value beyond our digital back pockets.

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Blockchain, characterised by its decentralisation and immutability has gained significant attention and adoption notably in financial services but it is starting to play an important role in global supply chains.

Supply chain management faces two large challenges — efficiency and counterfeits.

Digging further, international businesses are being held back by high banking fees, terrible currency conversion rates and human errors in documentation to name a few. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum which use blockchain technology have promised to revolutionise the way individuals and businesses make payments.

Mass…


The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to a system of internet-connected objects that collect and transfer data over a wireless network without human intervention. Whilst its application spans multiple industries, in this blog I unpack highlight the importance of IoT to the supply chain and logistics.

What is it?

Simply put, IoT is taking all the things in the world and connecting them to the internet. It promises to completely change the way that we communicate and interact with the world around us, allowing devices to become smart i.e to send or receive information, or both.

There are 3 types of IoT:

1. Things that collect information and then send it.

Sensors that allow us to gather data…


Social media has created a generation riddled with anxiety and depression. But the core mechanism behind social media — community building, is the very tool that can help us improve our mental health. Here’s why…

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I’ve been researching different approaches to how we can better manage our mental health. In recent years both medical and non-medical solutions have poured into the market to tackle this issue from apps to the use of psychedelics. Mindfulness, meditation and more self-awareness are all commonly associated with the modern approach to mental health but we shouldn’t forget the role community plays. I spoke with Gus Booth-Clibborn, Co-founder of Hello Tomo, and Madeleine Evans, Founder of Levell, to discuss the importance of community.

Today, community and social media are intrinsically linked. Whilst the term ‘social media’ is synonymous with anxiety and depression it may also provide a path to helping us deal with these issues.

Simple, everyday habits build lasting change.

Hello Tomo aims to create sustainable behaviour change through the use of community and accountability via their…


We’ve all ordered something online only to return it. The e-commerce order volume has only grown due to the pandemic. But return stock often ends up in the landfill. Here I look at solutions for an end-to-end transformation in the last mile.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of economies across the world has accelerated the growth of e-commerce.

A recent IBM report shows the pandemic accelerating the shift away from physical stores to digital shopping by up to five years. And where e-commerce grows, so does the returns problem.

Today, in Europe alone there are over 800,000 e-commerce shops found mostly in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, with some of the highest levels of returns…


We’ve all ordered something online only to return it. The e-commerce order volume has only grown due to the pandemic. But return stock often ends up in the landfill. James Song, a visiting analyst at Amplifier, looks at solutions for an end-to-end transformation in the last mile.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown of economies across the world has accelerated the growth of e-commerce. A recent IBM report shows the pandemic accelerating the shift away from physical stores to digital shopping by up to five years. And where e-commerce grows, so does the returns problem.

Today, in Europe alone…


In the light of World Mental Health day I assess some of the technologies and business models behind the solutions trying to help us manage our mental health.

Mental health is an issue I am deeply interested in as I believe we all have our own difficulties and challenges. It’s important that we recognise this but also know that help is out there in many different forms.

Of course, the pandemic has effected us all in different ways. As new measures are introduced and the economic slump is felt — one thing is for certain: stress and anxiety levels…

James Song

VC Analyst & Artist @Amplifierlab | Prev. @Fjord @UCL

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