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Find out what’s on the minds of the Supply Chain team in our latest blog posts

31 July 2018
The phrase “opportunities and risks” is used widely in trade and mainstream media, most often associated with challenging situations such as Brexit or a proposed merger. I often feel that commentators who use this phrase think that their opportunities and risks are synonymous, and that businesses and their management teams should be equally adept at dealing with both.  Let’s unpick each of t...
25 July 2018
We’re embarking on a piece of research to uncover how the quality of our relationships impacts our ability to do our jobs. In my experience, relationships matter as much in the working environment as they do outside of it, but we’re keen to hear your views . The new reality With disruptive events on the increase, simply put, there’s more chance of something going wrong. This puts mor...
18 July 2018
Supply Chain Capability Manager, Alex Edge, explores some potential future options for learning and development in the food and grocery industry. Gamification: “The application of elements of game playing into a business environment” Gamification elements have long been adopted in the food and grocery industry to help shoppers engage with brands, raise awareness and increase loyalty. Take...
18 July 2018
Last week, IGD hosted its first Hackathon event as part of the charitable Reducing Wasted Miles initiative. We brought together 70 attendees from a whole range of organisations involved in the supply chain: retailers, manufacturers, solution providers, academics and third-party logistics firms. Mixing collaboration and problem solving Our aim in bringing this diverse group together was to...
12 July 2018
Head of Supply Chain Insight, Alistair Balderson, takes a look at highlights from IGD’s recent report series, Vulnerabilities in the global supply chain. All change, please We are often told that change is always with us. The usual quote is from British Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli: “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” Although I prefer the version my son used as his Thoug...
04 July 2018
Our ShopperVista team has just published its Shoppers of the Future research, the latest report in IGD’s Futures series, which focuses on the future of the food and grocery industry. The report identifies an emerging group of ‘Influencer Shoppers’ that currently represent around 25% of the total UK shopper population. They are set to replace baby boomers as the generation with the most purch...
28 June 2018
We recently spent some time with Don Brenchley, the Head of Industry Strategy at LLamasoft, to understand more about the concept of Supply Chain Design. Supply chain networks are getting more complex every year, and LLamasoft is at the forefront of solution providers working to bring advanced technology to bear on the topic. IGD: What are the key factors driving change in the grocery supply ...
28 June 2018
We recently launched this November’s IGD Supply Chain Summit . Over the next few months, we’ll be looking at different aspects of the day and how you can get the most out of it. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you three things that I’m looking forward to most, focusing on technology. A view from the top This year, the Summit’s theme is Supply chains for growth. More than searc...
20 June 2018
Sustainability & Strategy Manager Alan Hayes considers how the role of leadership is changing in the food and grocery industry, and how we can use leadership within supply chain to increase agility. Messy change I was reminded recently by a colleague that change is difficult in the beginning, messy in the middle, and glorious in the end. This echoes the message that “ even successful chan...
13 June 2018
Alex outlines Co-op’s supply chain priorities for the year ahead. Co-op held its supplier conference in Manchester on 6th June 2018. The retailer provided an update on its business and supply chain strategies and initiatives for the next three years. The conference was an opportunity for Co-op to address the following objectives: Share an understanding of the previous year’s business p...
13 June 2018
IGD attended the massive Walmart Shareholders’ Week in Bentonville recently and learnt about some fascinating new initiatives from the world’s largest retailer. I’ve picked out a few key points for supply chain professionals to be aware of. Change while in motion / partnerships FAST unloader and robot shelf scanner People Change while in motion, and partnerships Walmart’s...
05 June 2018
Chris Tyas is the Global Head of Supply Chain for Nestlé, an influential senior leader in our industry who travels extensively to gather and spread best practices. We were fortunate to secure some of his time on the phone recently. He outlined his thoughts on today’s supply chain challenges for Nestlé and the industry more widely, as well as sharing some successful initiatives from the world...
31 May 2018
We’ve just launched a new report in our flagship report series: IGD Futures , focusing on the development of the online channel. It combines input from industry and IGD’s team of experts in online, technology and supply chain. The research summarises the key features of the online store of the future and what this will mean for food and grocery businesses. Innovation will drive increased ...
16 May 2018
For many shoppers, the issue with buying products online is having to be at home for the delivery time slot. Unattended in-home delivery eliminates that need, and even remembers to put your ice cream in the freezer. In the last year or so, we’ve noticed a real trend in unattended in-home deliveries. It’s not something I’d have ever thought possible five years ago, but if there’s anything I’v...
09 May 2018
Automation in European grocery logistics is no longer an added extra; we believe that there is a more urgent need to invest, and we wanted to look more closely. I recently wrote a report with my colleague James Walton, IGD’s Chief Economist, and he reviewed some of the economic factors that are pushing businesses in this direction. It is clear that shoppers across Europe are in a good p...
02 May 2018
Significant challenges threaten the profitability of the UK’s food and grocery industry. The transportation of goods between businesses, and increasingly onto consumers, is a major concern for many organisations. Transportation is one of many challenges that could be more successfully addressed by businesses working together, rather than in isolation. IGD’s recent transport data-sharing pi...
25 April 2018
Supply chain is a key factor driving a rush of new corporate deals and partnerships in the U.S. and Canada, as grocery retailers look to compete with Amazon, Walmart and each other. My colleague Stewart Samuel has just written an overview of some recent corporate activity from retailers in North America, published on our sister service Retail Analysis. The report is now also available on S...
02 March 2018
With less time available for training than ever before, coupled with shrinking supply chain teams, we uncover the potential solutions that businesses across the FMCG industry are exploring. Alex Edge, Supply Chain Insight Manager at IGD, tells us more… In our 2016 research on skills in the supply chain, 40% of respondents said that their current talent management and training provision was...
13 February 2018
IGD and WRAP recently published their new package of resources for food companies to improve food waste measurement. Alan Hayes explains more about the collaboration. Progress on measuring food waste Food waste measurement isn’t standardised, with different sectors and companies using different approaches. This makes benchmarking very difficult. Only a handful of companies report on ...
13 February 2018
Same-day delivery is one of the biggest challenges facing retailers and manufacturers in today’s food and grocery market. It challenges the very model that has allowed modern trade to thrive in regions around the world. Is it a challenge that can be overcome? And does it really need to be? Who or what is driving the agenda? What’s motivating food and grocery businesses to develop a sa...
08 February 2018
Alan Hayes takes a look at the recent activity on plastic waste and puts it in a wider context. Growing calls for action Industry is under increasing pressure from non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Greenpeace, Hubbub and WWF to reduce plastic use in food packaging. Mainstream media are also driving this pressure. The pressure centres on the extent of plastic contamination in e...
06 February 2018
City centre congestion remains one of the key challenges faced by retailers and delivery companies as they compete to deliver a reliable and cost-effective service. Convenience stores and online shopping are global growth trends in food and grocery (see IGD’s recent Global retail trend predictions for 2018 ), and delivery lead times are getting shorter all the time, both to store and to h...
02 February 2018
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) recently published their latest  Supply Chain Report . Alan Hayes, IGD's Sustainability and Strategy Manager, reviews their findings.   The report describes how businesses can leverage the power of purchasing, through their supply chains and suppliers, to push for more action on climate change and in particular driving significant savings through emission...
02 February 2018
Finding new ways to serve customers better is more important than ever. To stay ahead of the competition, businesses face a stark choice – to lead or to lag behind. To lead requires an awareness of significant trends and their likely impacts. Trends have a habit of rippling through industries and the businesses that operate within them, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Trend anal...
23 January 2018
In this blog we talk to Simon Eagle and Ankur Bhandari, Partners at CAMELOT Management Consultants about the latest developments in Demand-Driven Supply Chain Management (DDSCM) IGD: How do you see the food and grocery industry developing in the future? Camelot: We’re seeing an increasing number of players and an increasingly competitive environment, with all involved looking to grow ma...