Ocado stuck in the queue as a big win finally arrives


During this time, its systems absolutely did not respond to the lock request. The increase in website traffic was such that Ocado servers thought they were being attacked by cyber criminals.Many customers who have been unable to obtain delivery slots for weeks have instead turned to Tesco, Sainsbury’s or Morrisons.

Having spent half his life trying to convince everyone who listened that the demand for online grocery delivery would one day explode, having finally arrived, Steiner’s problem is now satisfying him.

The entrepreneur also remained firm in his belief that the Ocado model is the best because it is the most efficient, but it has proven to be both a strength and a weakness since it is the most difficult to implement. scale quickly. Traditional supermarkets, with their old, labor-intensive “shopping” approach, have been able to adapt much more quickly. Tesco doubled its capacity during the lockout.

For the moment, Ocado seems to have won the argument but lost the fight.

Huawei’s difficult position is reasonable

At the end of this legislature, “the flow of Huawei’s 5G equipment will have stopped”, and with that, Oliver Dowden dealt the devastating final blow to the British ambitions of the Chinese telecommunications giant. If only the Secretary of Culture had learned to pronounce his name now (for the record, it’s “Wah-Way”).

Yet we already knew the verdict after the resignation of former BP boss Lord John Browne as British president of Huawei a few hours before Dowden rose in the House of Commons and six months before the expiration of the Browne’s term.

Browne and other luminaries such as former BT president Sir Mike Rake and former Mandarin Sir Andrew Cahn will wonder how years of fierce lobbying have failed so dramatically, but in the end, it’s geopolitics , not the business case.


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