Supply Chain Analysis news

27 February 2013
Brewer, SABMiller, is to invest in a new malting plant in South Africa in order to decrease exposure to volatile international markets and support the local economy. New facility To process the increased quantity of barley it intends to source from South Africa, SABMiller, the second largest brewer in the world by volume, is constructing a new plant in Alrode, Guateng. The new facility wil...
26 February 2013
Asda is investing £70m on a new multi-temperature distribution centre (DC) in Bristol, UK, according to press reports. Replacing depot in Portbury Asda’s new facility is to be comprised of 45,000 sqm of chilled and frozen space and a 12,000 sqm service centre. It will serve 123 stores in the southwest and replace the retailer’s depot in Portbury. It is scheduled to open later this year an...
26 February 2013
DHL has implemented fleet performance and journey management technology to support its operational contract with UK symbol group, Nisa. Improving customer service The solution has been rolled out for its fleet of 279 vehicles which are used across four depots in the UK for its Nisa contract. It will integrate with Nisa’s delivery schedules and provide detailed customer service information....
26 February 2013
Tesco is to close three and open two distribution centres (DCs) following a network review. The retailer will close DCs in Weybridge, Harlow and Chesterfield, according to press reports. Network reorganisation Tesco is to reduce the number of DCs it uses to serve the UK. Two new DCs will be built in Reading and Dagenham while three will close in Weybridge, Harlow and Chesterfield. ...
25 February 2013
Following a year of focus on availability and distribution centre efficiencies, Walmart has reported an improvement on operating income and sales. For the year to January 31, 2013, the retailer has achieved consolidated net sales growth of 5.0% to $466.1bn. Costs rise slower than sales Walmart’s results enabled it to make progress on its five year plan to reduce operating expenses by 100 b...
25 February 2013
The health and beauty retailer has acquired a 49% stake in its hearing provider David Ormerod Hearing Centres in the UK. Boots UK committed to developing hearing care Boots HearingCare currently operates over 340 practices within Boots stores in the UK. The investment demonstrates Boots UK’s commitment to developing hearing care services across the UK enabling customers to have access to wo...
25 February 2013
Waitrose is to trial a drive through click and collect service enabling customers to collect their orders without stepping inside the store according to press reports. Extending click and collect Waitrose currently has 157 stores which are click and collected enabled. Starting with the Cheltenham store, the retailer is to enable shoppers to collect their shopping from a collection area in...
25 February 2013
Unilever is expanding the use of its demand and inventory software solution, which it uses in the US, across Europe according to press reports. European roll-out Unilever currently utilises software from technology company, Terra Technology, to help improve forecast accuracy and inventory management. Following successes in the US, the manufacturer has decided to roll this technology out...
20 February 2013
Sainsbury’s has confirmed that it has signed contracts with milk processors securing its British milk supply for a further three years to 2017. Boosting British sourcing Sainsbury’s has outlined a commitment to double the amount of British food sold by 2020. These new agreements with British milk processors – including a 210m litre deal with Dairy Crest – will enable to retailer to come on...
20 February 2013
Spanish retailer, Mercadona, is to roll out an automated order picking system at its new warehouse in Gaudix, Spain, according to press reports. Handling fresh produce Mercadona has decided to install automation its Guadix warehouse which will be in operation at the end of 2013. The system will handle order picking for fresh produce and will be responsible for storing and retrieving of p...