Supply Chain Analysis news

12 February 2013
Dutch retailer Ahold has announced its intention to sell its 60% stake in ICA to Hakon Invest of Sweden. Hakon Invest will increase its control to 100% once the €2.5bn deal is complete. Change of strategy In September 2012 Ahold highlighted that there will be changes to its geographic reach as it aimed to save €350m over three years. As part of this strategy, the retailer outlined its inte...
12 February 2013
Nestlé has announced that it is to rollout a new web tool, Ecodex. The tool will measure the impact of the manufacturer’s operation on the environment. Speedy evaluation Life cycle assessment is the most widely used methodology for assessing a product’s environmental impact. Nestlé says that Ecodex is a faster and cheaper method and allows analysis of impact much earlier in a products’ des...
12 February 2013
Logistics company, Wincanton, announced in its interim management statement that its trading performance is as expected. This comes after reporting a solid performance in its contract logistics business. Boost from new contracts Wincanton sold its operations in mainland Europe in 2011 and in March 2012 announced that it was to focus on the UK. Throughout 2012, the logistics company secure...
08 February 2013
New centre in the north Ocado’s new 32,500m facility at Birch Coppice Business Park near Dordon is set to open later in February 2013. Testing of equipment and systems are complete and the retailer has begun receiving stock from suppliers. Ocado expects the centre to increase delivery efficiency - especially in the north of the UK - as its business continues to grow. Operation optimisat...
06 February 2013
German-based logistics company, DB Schenker, became the new operator of Telford International Rail Freight Park in the United Kingdom (UK) on 01 February 2013. Change of operator DB Schenker, a subsidiary of Deutsch Bahn AG, has been appointed as the new operator by Telford & Wrekin council. The council chose DB Schenker because of the large role the company plays in the global multimodal ...
06 February 2013
Set to open in March, the retailer has named its new general manager for its Castlewood-based distribution centre, according to press reports. Developing The Co-operative network The Co-operative's new distribution centre in Castlewood will replace two smaller DCs in the region located in Alfreton, Derby and Bulwell in Nottingham. It will have the capacity to deliver around 68 million cases...
06 February 2013
Procter & Gamble (P&G) will open supply chain planning centre in Costa Rica, serving Latin America, according to press reports. Consolidation in Latin America P&G will use the facility to consolidate supply-chain planning of its entire Latin American operation. This includes 25 separate companies within the region. The manufacturer expects to invest in the region of $5-6m on the centre...
05 February 2013
Jan van Dam is to become executive vice president of supply chain and e-commerce for Ahold USA. He moves from his position as CEO of Ahold’s Czech and Slovak supermarket business, Albert/Hypernova. New responsibilities Jan van Dam will report into COO James McCann and be responsible for leading the Ahold USA supply chain. This supply chain serves Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop New...
04 February 2013
Slovenia-based retailer, Mercator has announced its intentions for an overhaul of its supply chain operation. This retailer also reported a loss in 2012 on flat revenues of EUR 2.9bn 2013 supply chain plans As part of its 2013-2016 business plan Mercator said: “In 2013, we intend to consolidate the business operations of subsidiaries in Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina...
04 February 2013
Lidl is to build a multi-temperature DC (distribution centre) at the Barker Mills Estate after being granted planning permission by Southampton council, according to press reports. Years of planning Lidl has been planning to build a DC in the Southampton area for several years. In 2009 the retailer suffered a setback after a site set to be built at Wade Park Farm failed to get the go ahea...