TrueStart, Europe’s only retail and consumer accelerator and investment fund, has joined up with the John Lewis Partnership to launch a retail logistics challenge, which is aimed at attracting startups who are focused on providing solutions to logistical challenges within retail.

The convenience of propositions such as Amazon Prime has now become almost common currency in the retail market. Consequently, as customers’ expectations continue to rise, fast, same-day or even hourly delivery is increasingly demanded. Indeed, the development of the John Lewis Partnership’s Click & Collect service has become an important growth driver in recent years and remains a significant opportunity, leveraging the company’s convenient locations and unrivalled brand trust. Yet, with 35% of global consumers considering using 1-hour delivery, and with this trend set to rise, future-facing retailers are striving to develop rapid fulfilment capabilities as a means of supporting further growth in demand ...
TrueStart, Europe’s only retail and consumer accelerator and investment fund, has joined up with the John Lewis Partnership to launch a retail logistics challenge, which is aimed at attracting startups who are focused on providing solutions to logistical challenges within retail.

The convenience of propositions such as Amazon Prime has now become almost common currency in the retail market. Consequently, as customers’ expectations continue to rise, fast, same-day or even hourly delivery is increasingly demanded. Indeed, the development of the John Lewis Partnership’s Click & Collect service has become an important growth driver in recent years and remains a significant opportunity, leveraging the company’s convenient locations and unrivalled brand trust. Yet, with 35% of global consumers considering using 1-hour delivery, and with this trend set to rise, future-facing retailers are striving to develop rapid fulfilment capabilities as a means of supporting further growth in demand and faster turn of inventory.

With this in mind, JLP Ventures and TrueStart are looking for startups which can help to improve some or all aspects of the following areas:

• The flexibility, reliability, efficiency and pace of the supply chain from manufacturer to customer
• Faster and more efficient order to delivery fulfilment e.g. last mile delivery innovation, bespoke order visibility, effective ways to update customers on progress of deliveries, more “eco-friendly” deliveries etc.
• Premium fulfilment i.e. differentiated services or a high-end service proposition
• Shrinkage reduction i.e. lowering the level of waste in the supply chain
• IoT (Internet of Things) in supply chain e.g. Smart product IDs – Product or IDs which know what they are made of, where they originated, when they expire etc.
• More efficient returns capability for the benefit of consumers and subsequent returns processing
• The speed and flexibility of the Click & Collect service

This is an great opportunity to get in front of one of the largest and most respected retailers in the UK, and the chance of potentially getting a new product, service or technology into the wider business operations within the John Lewis Partnership.

Key dates:
• Applications open on Monday 24th July and close at midnight on Sunday 20th August.
• The review and selection period will run to Friday 8th September.
• Successful applicants will pitch to senior executives within John Lewis from Friday 15th September
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