Online grocery shopping is accelerating at an enormous pace, and it is inevitable that e-grocers will have to start looking at automating their fulfilment centres in order to continue to meet the strong demand or risk being phased out eventually by competition. By Carsten Spiegelberg, general manager, Systems & Automation, SSI Schaefer
Singapore’s online grocery market is set to triple in growth over the next three years, from S$130 million (US$91 million) to S$0.5 billion (US$0.35 billion) by 2020, according to brand-new forecasts unveiled by international grocery research organisation IGD.
Technology is advancing rapidly, and even for food manufacturers, the time is now to grow their online presence through e-commerce in order to reap the full benefits. By Jane Rochstad-Lim