Case studies


At a presentation for investors and analysts, Target’s CEO Brian Cornell and COO, John Mulligan revealed the extent of the supply chain transformation that has been occurring at the retailer in the last 18 months. Struggling to adapt to multichannel retailing and poor on-shelf availability meant Target needed a complete overhaul. By focusing on a number of key projects in the supply chain, stores and the systems that underpin it, Target is firmly back on the road to recovery. Discover what has been achieved and how.
Nestlé Japan has fundamentally changed its supply chain moving away from reliance on road transport. 80% of the manufacturer’s volume is now distributed straight from manufacturing plant to customer distribution centres via rail or sea transport. The modal shift project has been a significant undertaking, but the benefits have been huge - transport costs are down and product freshness and customer satisfaction has improved. Discover how Nestlé Japan has created a step-change in its supply chain.
SCA Hygiene, along with KraftHeinz, Refresco, FreislandCampina, Hero, Jumbo and Nabuurs & Bakker Logistics are operating a collaborative distribution project creating a more sustainable and responsive supply chain from manufacturer to consumer. All companies have cut wasted road miles, reduced CO2 emissions and enhanced the overall sustainability and effectiveness of their transport networks. The collaborative distribution project has been running for over ten years, discover the secrets to their success.
At a recent analysts' meeting, David Cutter, President of Global Supply and Procurement shared Diageo’s journey to supply chain excellence. With operations in 180 markets, Diageo is a truly global manufacturer. Largely driven through acquisition and with operations increasingly in emerging markets, the company has been on a journey to implement standardised ways of working in all markets aiming for supply chain excellence across the globe.
Boots UK operates a high performing, highly automated retail supply chain, delivering through centralised distribution to its 2,510 Boots stores across the country. The Nottingham Stores Service Centre, which has a highly automated single-picking operation, is central and crucial to the retailer’s supply chain. The Burton Service Centre, the home of the operation, also operates a single-pick automated solution and is the key enabler to the retailer’s store collect promise to customers. Discover the secrets to the Boots supply chain…
Nestlé and PepsiCo in Belgium were struggling to drive efficiency in their chilled supply chain. Operating alone, the companies did not have the required scale to optimise their supply chains and make the little and often deliveries to customers cost-effective. By forming a collaborative partnership and working with a logistics provider, the manufacturers have successfully optimised their delivery network, reducing costs, improving efficiency and customer service.
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.