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18 April 2016
Costco in Australia is looking to further cement its growing popularity with shoppers, through the set up of its first distribution centre and also opening more sites in major cities. Network could grow to 25 stores within four years Costco currently trades from eight stores in Australia and has a presence in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. It has already opened more than ...
04 April 2016
2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has made two senior appointments in the form of Martyn Fletcher joining the business as chief operating officer for its protein division and Jonathan Russell has been promoted to director of group procurement. New COO for protein business The newly-created role sees Martyn Fletcher take charge of 2SFG’s operations across its UK manufacturing network and report...
30 March 2016
Germany's Metro Group is proposing to split itself into two groups: A wholesale and food specialist group and a consumer electrics group, with implementation targeted for mid 2017. What will the split mean? The demerger would see Metro, Makro and their associated entities (including Real) form one group, and Media-Saturn and its portfolio of formats and brands become a separate group. ...
14 March 2016
Colgate-Palmolive is extending its restructuring program as it looks to further streamline operations across international markets. Optimising its global supply chain Colgate-Palmolive is looking to streamline operations and increase efficiency throughout the supply chain to reduce costs and improve performance. The global manufacturer is extending its restructuring program which is now sch...
07 March 2016
The prospect of driverless vehicles on British roads moved a step closer with the confirmation of a trial planned for later this year. It is expected to take place on a stretch of the M6, involving multiple driverless vehicles travelling in convoy. The convoy will be led by a manned vehicle, with subsequent vehicles communicating with each other using radar. By travelling in this way, the ...
07 March 2016
P&G has sold a number of its beauty brands to rival Henkel. Generating $100m in sales The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, sees P&G sell some of its hair care brands to Henkel. Among the brands are Blendax, Shamtu and Pert and the deal focuses on entry-level price shampoos.  Last year, the brands generated sales of $100m, primarily in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. ...
02 March 2016
Distribution business Culina Group has acquired Chester-based Great Bear Distribution for an undisclosed fee.  The move reflects Culina’s continued desire to expand its ambient network, having traditionally focussed on temperature controlled facilities. A growing business Since it was formed in 1994, Culina has grown rapidly, both organically and through purchasing a number of business...
16 February 2016
Lidl has announced plans to open its new Lithuanian distribution centre (DC) in April. €30m facility Following the completion of a new DC in Ramuciai, Lithuania, Lidl has announced that it will open in mid-April. The 42,000 sq m facility is near the southern city of Kaunas and 100km from the country’s capital, Vilnius, with good road links to the rest of the country. The new €30m site w...
09 February 2016
Arla is restructuring global operations with the introduction of new global Executive Management Team to help it deliver its 'Good Growth Strategy 2020'. New head of UK operations Designed to deliver and execute Arla's 2020 strategy, the new Executive Management Team consists of seven members with former UK head, Peter Gi?rtz-Carlsen, promoted to Head of Europe. Tomas Pietrangeli, who cu...
02 February 2016
Sainsbury's has reached agreement on terms for a possible acquisition of Home Retail Group that values the Argos owner at £1.1bn. Sainsbury's now has three weeks to complete due diligence and make a formal offer for HRG or walk away from the deal. Sainsbury's sees the acquisition of Argos as a means to accelerate its multichannel and general merchandise strategy while also creating a more compell...