Launched: The startup Retail Logistics Challenge with John Lewis

Please note, applications have now closed.

The review and selection period will run to Friday 8th.

We teamed up with John Lewis Partnership Ventures to find innovative young companies to help enhance John Lewis’ supply chain, logistics and fulfilment operations. Read about the challenge below and what we were offering

The retail logistics challenge launched on Monday, 24th July and is aimed at attracting startups who are focused on providing solutions to logistical challenges within retail.

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) Ventures is a new business unit within the John Lewis Partnership, set up to accelerate ideas to market and grow new business ventures. In this challenge, TrueStart and JLP Ventures are looking for young companies focused on the supply chain and fulfilment of customer orders within the general merchandise and food section of 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 (Mintel, 2016), 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 innovative 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 excellent 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. There is no limit to the size of the startup applying.

Key dates for your diary:

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

To apply for the TrueStart Retail Logistics Challenge, applicants must complete a short application form on F6S and submit a pitch deck.

Any questions? Please contact:

Oliver Crowther, Business Development Analyst:

oliver@truestart.co.uk / 07891 233 401