Cost to serve news

27 January 2016
Britvic has released its Q1 trading statement for the 12 weeks to 20 December 2015 – reporting a 4.8% increase in revenue against last year. Overall revenue up Britvic has revealed encouraging Q1 results despite revenue declining 1.2% in the UK. Overall revenue was £311.6m, 4.8% up on last year and highlights a strong Christmas period for the soft drinks supplier. Ireland revenue increased ...
19 January 2016
Finnish retailer, Kesko, has invested in its non-food business by buying Onninen, a building and electrical products and services company. €369m deal The deal, which is worth €369m, involves Kesko taking full control of Onninen’s building products, electrical products and services. The retailer has stated that it expects to generate savings of €30m through synergies between the companies...
19 January 2016
Ahold is transferring warehouse operations in Western New York (WNY), USA, to C&S Wholesale Grocers, according to reports. Streamlining operations Ahold currently operates distribution centres in Lancaster and Cheektowoga, but has decided to outsource all activity from these sites, transferring it to C&S Wholesale Grocer, in a move that will help the retailer streamline operations. The Lanc...
14 January 2016
Tesco has released an impressive set of Christmas numbers with LFL growth of 1.3% and Group ahead by 2.1%. Range resets and strong availability make the difference The UK figures are a major improvement on Q3 when group LFLs dipped to -0.5%, pulled down by Tesco's decision not to repeat unprofitable nationwide couponing activity.  The improved trading result reflects progress made i...
08 December 2015
Morrisons has chosen a telematics solution from Microlise to optimise its HGVs (heavy goods vehicles). 545 vehicles deployed The Microlise telematics solution is based on the company’s fleet performace and journey management products and has already been deployed across a fleet of 545 HGVs, less than six weeks after the two companies reached an agreement. The solution is also integrated to ...
17 November 2015
Carlsberg is to streamline its operations worldwide and scale back on beer production at its brewery in Northampton, UK in an effort to drive supply chain efficiency and revitalise sales. Reducing production Carlsberg plans to cut about 2,000 jobs worldwide and reduce the production team at its Northampton brewery, signalling the start of a review of its customer supply chain operations. T...
03 November 2015
Woolworths has reported a 3.6% sales decline to AU$12,395m for its Australian food, liquor and petrol division over the 14 week period to 4 October 2015. However, supermarket sales in New Zealand were more encouraging, growing 3.9% to NZ$1,559m. Australian food and liquor sales up 0.4% to AU$11,064m Like-for-like (LFL) sales in the quarter declined 1.0%, with store openings including; six n...
21 October 2015
Asda has announced the launch of 'Project Renewal', which aims to better address shoppers' evolving needs against the ongoing backdrop of volatile market conditions. Maintaining the core The 18 month project updates Asda's five year 'Redefining Value Retailing' strategy, which originally prioritised improvements to the core business, increased access and reach and expansion into new markets...
01 September 2015
GS1 UK has launched its Perfect Order initiative, which could save the industry several million pounds by lowering operating costs and efficiency savings. Tackling hidden costs The programme, which aims to help retailers and suppliers tackle hidden operating costs as well as delays and inefficiencies in the supply chain, involves the development and adoption of a set of industry-agreed stan...
05 August 2015
Greencore has decided to use Voiteq’s voice-direct warehouse execution system to help modernise its ‘Food to Go’ distribution operation in the UK and US. Voice-directed system Greencore is keen to modernise its ‘Food to Go’ distribution operation and has chosen Voiteq’s Voiceman system which is linked to the company’s existing ERP system. The solution forms part of manufacturer’s PALM stock...