Supply Chain Analysis news

23 April 2013
The-Co-operative has officially opened the latest addition to its network – a £22m distribution centre (DC) in Castlewood, UK, according to press reports. Derby and Nottingham closures This DC, the final in The Co-operatives network reconfiguration, has been opened to replace two smaller DCs it operates in Alfreton, Derby and in Bulwell, Nottingham. It has the capacity to deliver 68m cases pe...
22 April 2013
Frozen food manufacturer, Birds Eye, has announced that it is extending its partnership with Norbert Dentressangle for the storage and transport of ambient materials. Further responsibilities The new deal sees Norbert Dentressangle provide storage for up to 3,500 pallets of packaging and ambient ingredients and transporting these to the Birds Eye’s manufacturing operations. By choo...
22 April 2013
The French national assembly has voted through a bill accepting the governments proposed heavy goods vehicle (HGV) tax. Proposal The governments proposal is to tax French transport companies for road usage within France. The tax will be a percentage of the cost of transport – added to all transport invoices. It will vary by region however there will be a flat rate of 4% for transport between ...
22 April 2013
Tilda has awarded a a six-year warehousing and distribution contract to logistics company Wincanton. UK operation This contract will see Wincanton take on a number of responsibilities. Firstly, the logistics will be responsible for collecting rice from Tilda's two production sites and delivering to a shared user facility in West Thurrock, UK. Product will then be picked and distributed, by ca...
22 April 2013
Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to return to the Netherlands with plans to set up new stores and forecourts and an online service. International demand M&S's international delivery service provides products to over 80 countries and the Netherlands has proven to be one of its top performing markets. To capitalise on this demand, M&S will return to the Netherlands, a market it exited in 2001, with a...
17 April 2013
Unilever has announced that since 2008 it has reduced its CO2 emissions by 1m tonnes in its manufacturing and logistics operations. CO2 reductions The cut is comprised of 838,000 tonnes from improving manufacturing operations and 211,000 tonnes from more efficient logistics operations. Initiatives that have helped reach this include the installation of 30 biomass boilers, combined heat and po...
17 April 2013
Logistics company Kuehne + Nagel has announced increased profits after concentrating on internal efficiency. Air and sea freight improvements On most of Kuehne + Nagel’s sea freight routes, volume increased between 5% and 10%. However between Asia and Europe there was a volume decline and a modest increase in the opposite direction. Airfreight increased 5% in a market that declined b...
17 April 2013
Dairy company, FrieslandCampina, has announced that it its trucks, which transport products from the factory to the container port, will switch from diesel to green gas. 80% reduction in CO2 The trucks currently travel over 200,000km each year between the factory and port. The conversion will lead to an 80% reduction in CO2 emissions as well as much quieter engines. Growing in a climate-n...
17 April 2013
Tesco has announced that its full year trading profit was £3.5bn. This marked a 13% fall on last year which reflects the reinvestments the retailer made in the UK. Sales growth For the 52 weeks ending 23 February 2013, Tesco’s global sales grew by 1.3% to £72.4bn. A strong online performance boosted this figure with group sales exceeding £3bn for the first time. Building a better Tes...
16 April 2013
Morrisons Cellar, the retailers wine buying website, has teamed up with ecommerce and multichannel delivery company, MetaPack, according to press reports. Improving efficiency Morrisons Cellar was launched in late 2012 and is growing fast, exceeding all set targets. By using MetaPack within its operation, the retailer hopes to increase efficiency, reduce cost and maintain a good service f...