Case studies



Asda’s ‘we operate for less’ programme has engineered a step-change in its supply chain: distribution centre (DC) throughput is up 24% with space utilisation up just 1%. Read this case study to understand how Asda’s implementation of three key projects, re-engineering the DC network, implementing a ‘home grown’ lean programme and driving fewer and friendlier road miles, have saved £130m and significantly improved supply chain efficiency.

In the drive to improve service and efficiency in its fresh operation, Spanish retailer Eroski has automated order picking. Using a unique collaborative approach they have improved service and driven out cost. Read about what they have done, how they did it and see what this innovation could mean for your business.
In February 2012, Tesco launched its third rail service from Daventry running to the Wentloog rail head in Wales. The new rail service will take 22,000 vehicle trips of the road, further cementing Tesco’s strategy to build a true intermodal solution at its Daventry DC and actively supports its on-going commitment to be a zero-carbon business by 2050. Read this presentation to discover how Tesco implemented this strategy at Daventry.

By forming a collaborative partnership, Nestlé and Eddie Stobart have extensively tested three dual-fuel vehicles in a real-life operation. The vehicles use new technology that allow more than 70% of diesel to be substituted with gas. Through the trial period, which saw the vehicles travel 225,000 kms, the vehicles used 60% less diesel per kilometre and reduced CO2 emissions by 14% helping to reduce costs and improve sustainability. Discover more about this award-winning initiative and how it could change Nestlé’s distribution operation.

Discover how Danone has achieved higher on-shelf availability, reduced shrinkage and increased shopper satisfaction by re-engineering its replenishment process - transforming it from a 'push to the shelf' to a 'pull by demand' system - for products in the high-growth Russian market.
Through a collaborative partnership United Biscuits and Musgrave have worked together to improve their promotions planning process. By aligning the promotions process both across different divisions within each company and between the two companies, promotional line wastage has reduced from 19.5% to 6.3%.
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.