Supply chain case studies


Operating a short shelf life supply chain is incredibly complex, where the risk of getting it wrong can lead to huge wastage and inevitable cost. As well as the usual short shelf life pressures, Natures Way Foods has to manage great variability in supply AND demand and try to combat the challenges of the ever-changing food and grocery market. With an intense focus on forecasting and collaboration, discover how Natures Way Foods is navigating this perfect storm with its ultimate supply chain.
Nestlé and ASDA have established a truly collaborative initiative using people, process and systems to achieve a ground breaking result. The joint team has been able to work together to reduce lead times by a day, achieving same-day stocked order deliveries and purchase order generation for delivery into an Asda distribution centre.
Retailers require increasing responsiveness from General Mills, with the ongoing trend to order on day 1 and deliver on day 2, seven days a week for ambient product ranges. Demands from multichannel retailing have also increased, driving supply chain complexity. General Mills has to produce increasing customisation and a variety of pack sizes for different channels. To combat these challenges, General Mills has worked with Culina Logistics to deliver a new solution that will be cost effective, improve efficiency and improve capability.
Two Sisters Food Group (2SFG) has made significant progress to develop a more collaborative relationship with Aldi and Lidl. The companies have worked on a number of supply chain projects, helping to drive efficiency and improve capability, marking a collaborative change in the relationship.
Supply chain innovation that is practical and genuinely adaptable for the wider industry is pretty hard to come by. This innovation – replacing a standard HGV trailer to hold an extra 31% of pallets/cages from Pauline Dawes and the team at SOMI Trailers is a remarkable achievement that can really make a difference in distribution operations. Discover how the SOMI trailer was developed from the lightbulb moment to operating live trials with the industry.
Asda and RSi have worked together to boost availability through improvements to inventory accuracy. They found that systems were reporting non-existent or phantom inventory, presenting a real opportunity to use a data approach to correct it. By working in collaboration with a number of suppliers, Asda and RSi have championed a process that has boosted revenue by £20m within 10 months.
Walmart and Nestlé were trading in China with a complicated business model that was inefficient and expensive. Working collaboratively, the companies have radically simplified operations leading to improved case fill rate, better on-shelf availability and increased sales.
Booths set out to cut waste, increase freshness and boost promotion performance in store. To do this, Booths overhauled its in-store and DC replenishment methods and, with the support of RELEX Solutions, rolled out a new supply chain system. Read this presentation to see how Booths benefited from reduced waste, increased supplier delivery performance and increased freshness of product for customers.
Nestlé Germany needed a smart solution for a big problem - customers expect full visibility of order status 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access to information was restricted to office hours constraining responsiveness and efficiency. By developing a customer service app, where customers can access information via a smartphone or PC, Nestlé has radically improved customer satisfaction and visibility of critical supply chain data to drive a step-change in performance.
Mercator’s operations are becoming increasingly sophisticated as the retailer trades in a number of different channels. However the retailer’s IT systems were not fully integrated and did not adequately support business needs. This was starting to affect the in-store replenishment process and on-shelf availability was suffering. Utilising new technology, Mercator has turned its operations around, significantly lowering out-of-stocks.