Sam’s Club Tests Retail Space at eCommerce Fulfillment Center

Sam’s Club last week reintroduced retail space to a former store in Tampa, Florida that the company had converted to an eCommerce fulfillment site, according to local reports. The store shuttered last January as part of the company’s sweeping closures and began filling online orders several months later. The retail space, located in what was[…]

Cold Storage – Niche Assets: Well-Positioned for Growth

Niche assets offer investors focused exposure to a range of long-term drivers, including demographic change, affordable housing challenges as well as changes in technology and consumer behavior. Investors should consider the following: Transaction activity has exploded in recent years and should continue to grow, particularly among emerging concepts In each of the last two recessions,[…]

Thinking Outside the Box: How SafeTraces Tracks Food, Not Packages

During a 2011 listeria outbreak involving cantaloupe, 33 people died and 137 were sickened. While Anthony Zografos was not one of them, the story caught his eye. And the thing that concerned him the most was the weeks it took to pinpoint the source of contamination. Many consumers may have had those melons in their[…]

Why Reusable Food Packaging Has a Promising Future

Packaging is one of the largest causes of waste in the United States. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 29.7% of total waste could be attributed to containers and packaging in 2015, which weighed in at 77.9 million tons. Since the introduction of plastics into the CPG space, explained Debus, manufacturers have opted for[…]

Takeoff Technologies to Build 50 More Micro-Fulfillment Centers

Grocery automation startup Takeoff Technologies has partnered with Knapp, a warehouse logistics and automation solutions provider to open 50 micro fulfillment center sites across North America, according to a press release. The project will total about $150 million and is expected to process $1.5 billion of eCommerce sales per year. Thirteen of the sites will[…]