May 19, 2020

Walmart partners with Vancouver’s Food-X on grocery delivery

Vancouver
Walmart
SPUD
Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery
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2 min
Walmart partners with Vancouver’s Food-X on grocery delivery

Leading US retailer Walmart has partnered with Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery’s (SPUD’S) subsidiary, Food-X, to bring a grocery home delivery service to its customers in the Vancouver metro area in the aim of competing with Amazon and Whole Foods across Canada.

Food-X have a significant presence in Vancouver, including a 74,000 square foot warehouse that is currently under development that features leading technology resources, of which Walmart will gain access to.

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“We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste, lowering emissions and lowering cost,” said Peter van Stolk, CEO at SPUD. “Now we're offering Food-X to other companies who share a commitment to sustainability, efficiency and strong customer service.”

The partnership expands on Walmart’s commitment to Canada, with the aim of making grocery shopping easier for customers in urban centres, particularly in an ecommerce sense.

“We are always looking for new ways to offer convenience and choice to our customers so they can shop when they want and how they want at Walmart's unbeatable prices,” said Lee Tappenden, CEO and President at Walmart Canada. “Our strategic collaboration with Food-X allows us to serve customers in the heart of Vancouver in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.”

The service is expected to be launched in the summer of this year.

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Jul 5, 2021

CGI: Driving local solutions with global expertise

CGI
City of Mesa
3 min
Embrace digital transformation and infuse it with a spirit of agility, says Aleta Jeffres, CGI Vice President Consulting Services

Embrace digital transformation and infuse it with a spirit of agility, is the message to the public sector from Aleta Jeffress, CGI Senior Vice President Consulting Services.

“We partner with clients to drive value and innovation,” said Jeffress who has been working with the US City of Mesa, AZ on their digital journey for their local citizens.

Founded in 1976, CGI is one of the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. It is insights-driven and outcomes-based to help accelerate return on investments. CGI operates across 21 industries in 400 locations and provides scalable and sustainable services that are informed globally and delivered locally.

“We have expertise in developing and executing strategies to help companies transform their IT to align with the business through cloud strategies, application rationalization, modernization and outsourcing,” said Jeffress speaking from the Denver CGI offices.

“Digital change can be exhausting, but take the opportunity to embrace it and look for new opportunities,” said Jeffress who pointed out projects should have a sense of agility and specific focus on the end-user.

“This can be a big culture change for some clients but by making sure your implementations are not a big bang theory but you can take smaller chunks which you’re able to do over and over again as it's just going to continue to evolve,” she said.

Informed globally and delivered locally

Commenting on CGI’s partnership with the City of Mesa, Jeffress said: “We are providing a solution that has a lower cost of ownership and helps them streamline business processes and helps increase efficiency. 

“The City sought a single source of truth for their ERP business processes. With CGI Advantage, they found a partner in their digital transformation journey with a configurable, unified solution that supports their HR, financial management, and performance budgeting business processes.  

“With CGI Advantage, the City is working with a single source of truth that lowers total cost of ownership, streamlines business processes, and increases efficiency - additional benefits include: 

• A decrease in customizations and staffing requirements resulting in faster upgrade cycles. 

• Empowering HR resources to focus on strategic efforts by removing the need for manual and duplicate data entry. 

• Increased accuracy with reporting. 

• Process improvements shifting from customized or paper-based processes to automated processes. 

• Increased pay transparency and accuracy by leveraging process improvements and configurable support 

A trusted partner 

CGI is a company that focuses very intently and very intentionally on delivery - that is something that really sets us apart,” said Jeffress. 

“We have an internal process where we meet with clients twice a year to ask a specific set of questions. How our clients answer those questions allows us to be sure we are aligned and can be a trusted partner with all of our clients.”

“As an international company, we can provide key resources when our clients need it in a very timely manner,” she said.

Reflecting on the challenges posed by COVID-19 Jeffress said there had been a true evolution in technology services.

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