Case studies


The Co-operative’s newest composite distribution centre, located in Newhouse, Scotland forms an integral part of ‘Project LIDIA’ – a programme of work established to deliver a complete overhaul of the DC network. The presentation will help you understand the role of the Newhouse DC in The Co-operative’s supply chain and explores the in-bound and outbound operation across three temperature regimes. The retailer has also implemented a range of sustainability initiatives at this site, establishing a new standard across the network.

The Spanish retailer Mercadona has invested heavily in its distribution network. Its strategy has been to automate all the main processes in its warehouse operations. This has dramatically reduced its dependency on manual labour, and created some of the most technically focussed operations in grocery distribution. This presentation looks at Mercadona’s strategy, the automation used and the journey products take through its impressive operation at Ciempozuelos, near Madrid.

Building trusting partnerships is a big part of Sainsbury's supply chain strategy. This means that “sharing information, being clear about what will be shared in an open and honest manner is an essential part of our strategy”. Phase I of Sainsbury’s Vendor Managed Inventory initiative was implementing a trial with CCE. This case study will provide you an overview of how Coca-Cola Enterprises and Sainsbury’s worked together to build these enablers, and delivered results for their businesses.
AEON, Japan’s largest multi-format retailer, was forced to close 65% of the 449 stores in Tohoku region after Japan’s ‘3/11’. Although physical infrastructure was important for a quick recovery, close collaboration with suppliers was critical. This presentation is an example of how beverage manufacturers and retailers in Japan, through close collaboration in times of adversity, successfully responded to market needs within the bottled products category.