Supply Chain Analysis news

19 March 2013
Nestlé has opened a new £35m water bottling facility in the UK town of Buxton which combines water bottling and warehousing. Meeting increased demand The site was built to meet the increasing demand for its bottled water brands, Buxton and Pure Life, in a sustainable way. Nestlé says the new bottling lines will significantly reduce energy output, produce the lightest weight water bottles in...
19 March 2013
Following a fall in profits, Morrisons announced a range of strategic changes to reverse its fortunes. The retailer intends to take its food offering online and compete with its peers. 2012 results Morrisons posted a 3% increase in turnover to £18.1bn; however like-for-like sales were down 2.1%. Profit was for the year was £901m, representing a 4% decrease. Morrisons CEO, Dalton Phillip...
15 March 2013
The new business, ‘The Buyco’, will be responsible for negotiating £5bn worth of sales and this change will see P & H focus soley on wholesale distribution. Divesting retail operation P&H will manage The Buyco but share ownership 50:50 with Costcutter. P&H will also divest its retail operation to Costcutter which includes 800 Mace, Your Store and Supershop. Costcutter will in turn contract P&...
13 March 2013
Consumer healthcare company, Omega Pharma, has appointed a new European supply chain projects director. This comes after recently restructuring its management team and appointing a new head of supply chain. Omega Pharma’s brand acquisitions Belgium based Omega Pharma acquired ten over-the-counter brands from GSK in 2012, in a deal worth EUR 470m. These included Lactacyd skin cleanser, Zantac ...
13 March 2013
Waitrose posted a strong performance in 2012 with online operations driving its sales growth. 49% sales growth for online Waitrose gross sales for the year ending 26 January 2013 were £5.7bn, an increase of 6.7%. Profits also grew to £292.3m an increase of 12.2%. The fastest growing segment of Waitrose’s business is online, which delivered sales growth of 49%. Growth driving network change...
13 March 2013
Leclerc's logistics subsidiary, Scarmour, is to install RFID (radio-frequency identification) readers at two warehouses in France, according to press reports. Improved traceability The RFID readers will be installed at Leclerc's DCs, within its trailers and at its retail outlets around Brittany, France. This system will enable the tracking of up to 300,000 to 400,000 pallets per year in...
13 March 2013
Norbert Dentressangle has announced it is replacing its forklift trucks within its UK operations in order to lower its environmental footprint. Whole life cost model The new forklift trucks were not selected simply because of the reduced energy consumption. Norbert Dentressangle instead took at a ‘whole life cost model’ - commonly known as life-cycle cost (LCC) - approach to review its option...
13 March 2013
Walmart is planning to open a new distribution centre (DC) in , Mankata, Minnesota, to serve its growing customer base in the area. 159th DC in the US The new 39,000m 2   facility will primarily stock fresh produce and serve Wamart's growing customer base in the upper mid-west of the US. The facility will employ around 300 people and the first phase of development is expected to be complet...
11 March 2013
UK based discount retailer, Poundland, has decided to award DHL with the contract to manage the transport operations out of its distribution centre (DC) in Hoddesdon, UK. Extending parternship DHL is currently responsible for managing Poundland’s outbases (minor storage depots) operations, serving 200 stores nationwide. This contract extends the relationship further and now DHL will b...
11 March 2013
To support growth in developing markets, Diageo, the world’s largest distiller and owner of brands such as Smirnoff, Baileys and Guinness, will restructure its supply chain according to press reports. Developing markets driving the need for change Diageo is changing its global approach to supply chain because developing markets are changing the dynamics of the business. Developing markets c...