Supply Chain Analysis news

18 February 2013
Morrisons will buy 49 stores from the film rental chain, Blockbuster, and convert them into ‘Morrisons M’ convenience stores. South East expansion Morrisons has purchased the stores in order to increase its presence in the south east and grow its convenience offering. The retailer’s ambition is to open at least 70 stores by the end of 2013 and these stores mark a big step towards this rea...
18 February 2013
Tesco has decided to reopen its Fenny Lock distribution centre (DC) to help with its growing online operation according to press reports. Increasing volumes In 2011, Tesco opened its rail served Daventry DC and closed its Fenny Lock DC in order to cope with an increasing volume of products. However following a review of its network, the retailer is reopening the DC to assist with its ...
13 February 2013
Heineken reports, in its full year results, that its total cost management 2 (TCM2) programme has helped deliver a saving of €196m. Boost to the bottom line Helped by the cost savings from TCM2, Heineken posted positive 2012 results. The brewer reported revenue growth of 7.4% while increasing beer volume by 3.4%. With revenue growing ahead of volume and with the savings from TCM2, Hein...
13 February 2013
Leclerc announces positive results in 2012 with click & collect driving growth within the retailer. Full year results Leclerc reported like-for-like sales growth of 5.8% and an increase of market share to 18.4% in 2012. Overall sales were up 7% to €34.9bn, excluding petrol. In 2013 the retailer anticipates sales growth of 5% and for market share to increase to 18.9%. Click & collect grow...
13 February 2013
US-based chilled logistics company, Americold, has announced the appointment of a new executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO). New COO Fred Boehler has been announced as Americold’s new executive vice president and COO. Boehler joins Americold from US retailer, Supervalu, where he was senior vice president of supply chain and responsible for supply to over 4000 stores. P...
13 February 2013
Logistics company, UPS, has launched new service enabling online shoppers to collect their parcels from local convenience stores and petrol stations. UPS access point UPS launches this new service in the UK as more and more people buy products online. The logistics company already this service across a large part of Europe following its acquisition of Kiala February 2012. The service will...
12 February 2013
Dutch retailer Ahold has announced its intention to sell its 60% stake in ICA to Hakon Invest of Sweden. Hakon Invest will increase its control to 100% once the €2.5bn deal is complete. Change of strategy In September 2012 Ahold highlighted that there will be changes to its geographic reach as it aimed to save €350m over three years. As part of this strategy, the retailer outlined its inte...
12 February 2013
Nestlé has announced that it is to rollout a new web tool, Ecodex. The tool will measure the impact of the manufacturer’s operation on the environment. Speedy evaluation Life cycle assessment is the most widely used methodology for assessing a product’s environmental impact. Nestlé says that Ecodex is a faster and cheaper method and allows analysis of impact much earlier in a products’ des...
12 February 2013
Logistics company, Wincanton, announced in its interim management statement that its trading performance is as expected. This comes after reporting a solid performance in its contract logistics business. Boost from new contracts Wincanton sold its operations in mainland Europe in 2011 and in March 2012 announced that it was to focus on the UK. Throughout 2012, the logistics company secure...
08 February 2013
New centre in the north Ocado’s new 32,500m facility at Birch Coppice Business Park near Dordon is set to open later in February 2013. Testing of equipment and systems are complete and the retailer has begun receiving stock from suppliers. Ocado expects the centre to increase delivery efficiency - especially in the north of the UK - as its business continues to grow. Operation optimisat...