Supply Chain Analysis news

23 January 2013
Stobart Group announced in its interim management statement that its operating performance is to be below market expectations, leading the company to discontinue its chilled business as a standalone unit. Moving out of chilled In the announcement Stobart cites a tough economic environment, particularly within transport and distribution, as the reason for its decision. Following a restructu...
23 January 2013
Tesco has opened its latest dotcom only warehouse in Crawley, as it continues to build home delivery capacity through this format. A growing network delivering improved service The new dark store opened on 21 January, adding to those already operational in Aylesford (near Maidstone), Croydon, Edmonton and Greenford. Tesco continues to build its network of dark store warehouses around the...
23 January 2013
In an attempt to reverse its reducing market share in India, Kellogg’s appoints four new executives including a new head of supply chain. Plan to increase distribution Kellogg’s has seen its share of the breakfast food market decline in India against strong competition from local firms and global manufacturers. In order to alter this trend the manufacturer plans to significantly increase ...
23 January 2013
Fourth quarter results round off a positive year for Unilever with operating margin at 13.8% on a turnover of EUR 51.3bn. A number of supply chain projects implemented last year, have helped boost the manufacturer’s performance. Full year performance Unilever delivered growth in all of its categories which led to turnover increasing by 10.5% to EUR51.3bn. The company’s performance in e...
22 January 2013
The French yoghurt manufacturer, Yoplait, has agreed to extend its contract with logistics company, NFT, according to press reports. Current operation General Mills owned Yoplait currently uses NFT's storage and distribution solution to serve UK retailers. Operated from a site in Daventry, NFT packs and boxes products to meet UK requirements before delivering to customers within 24 hours o...
22 January 2013
Asda is close to completing its regional transport project that has significantly improved supply chain visibility according to press reports. New transport solution Asda has implemented Paragon TTS, an off the shelf solution that has been tailored to the retailers needs. The retailer will combine the routing, scheduling and resource optimisation that comes with Paragon TTS with Isotrak’...
22 January 2013
RFID (Radio-frequency identification) is to be extended to all M&S' retail departments including clothing and home products according to press reports. RFID extension M&S has strengthened its relationship with packaging supplier, Avery Dennison, with its decision to extend its RFID tagging programme. The extension is expected to be complete by spring 2014 and will be in use across all re...
16 January 2013
ICA Norway has formed a collaborative partnership with fellow retailer Norgesgruppen to share sourcing and distribution operations within the country. Operational efficiency The agreement between ICA Norway and Norgesgruppen’s wholesale arm, Asko, will lead to the sharing of distribution and logistics activities, helping to drive operational efficiency. The agreement comes into effect o...
16 January 2013
As part of Walmart’s three part plan to help jump start the US economy the retailer has pledged to source an extra $50bn of US merchandise. Domestic sourcing Walmart’s initiative to support US manufacturing will be driven by increasing the volume of products it already buys from the US in categories such as sporting goods, storage products and paper products. Additionally the retailer wil...
16 January 2013
Sales operations director for Unilever Benelux, Vincent Carton, is leaving the company to join ECR Europe as managing director. New appointment Vincent Carton, who has been with Unilever for 14 years, joins ECR Europe in the position of managing director. At Unilever Carton moved through a variety of roles starting in brand management and account management before moving up into sales dir...