Supply Chain Analysis news

04 June 2013
Australian retailer, Coles, is considering plans to create its own panel of approved field agents, according to press reports. The panel would help strip costs of in-store merchandising that brand manufacturers use to ensure availability in its stores. Stripping out costs from supply chain Coles is seeking to reduce the costs of in-store replenishment activity performed by independent merchan...
04 June 2013
Eurotunnel has announced plans to help increase cross channel freight volumes by providing financial support to start-ups. Falling volumes Eurotunnel volumes have decreased since their peak of 3.1m tonnes in 1998 to 1.23m tonnes in 2012, the lowest since the tunnel opened in 1994. To reverse this decline the tunnel operator will provide a one-off year of financial support to encourage...
04 June 2013
Asda has announced that it will divert surplus food away from landfill and donate it to food distribution organisation, FareShare. Supply chain change To facilitate this initiative Asda is making changes to processes within its supply chain. Previously when food becomes surplus in its distribution centres it was sent back to the manufacturer where it would often go to waste. All of Asda’s ...
03 June 2013
French based logistics company, Norbert Dentressangle, has acquired some of Fiege’s logistics operations in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Italian acquisitions This deal sees Norbert Dentressangle double its size and become the fourth largest operator in Italy. The logistics company will acquire the Fiege Borruso and FLI Spa, expanding its workforce to 1,200 but Fiege will retain some of its log...
31 May 2013
Sainsbury’s extension of its dual-fuel fleet will help the retailer save up to 25% in carbon emissions compared to its regular vehicles. New vehicles Sainsbury’s has increased its dual fuel fleet to 51 vehicles which, in carbon saving terms, is the equivalent to taking 900 cars off the road each year. The trucks run on a combination of regular diesel and bio-methane, produced from rotting org...
29 May 2013
German based logistics company, DHL, is planning to invest €140m to expanding its presence in south-east Asia, according to press reports. Expanding capability in south-east Asia DHL’s investments, which are to be put in place by 2015, will focus on new facilities, IT solutions and expansion of transport capability. The plans will double the logistics company’s size in south-east Asia. DH...
29 May 2013
Dairy product manufacturer, Ballyrashane Creamery, has announced that it is to invest £6m in order to grow its European business. New production facility Ballyrashane Creamery, a farmer’s co-operative based in Coleraine, is investing £6m to expand its operations to supply across Europe. Almost £1.4m of assistance will come from Invest Northern Ireland for research and development which is par...
29 May 2013
German retailer Lidl has extended its logistics centre in Kirchheim, Germany, with an automated picking warehouse, according to press reports. New automation Following this development the facility, in Kirchheim Germany, will consist of a case picking system, a high bay racking system, 15,000 pallet storage spaces and a tray system with 16,000 storage positions. These upgrades have been...
29 May 2013
Britvic, manufacturer of brands such as Fruit Shoot and Robinsons, has announced that it is to close two factories and one warehouse as part of a plan to save £30m by 2016. Simplified organisational structure The changes to the Britvic network have been made to unify the GB and Ireland business units under a single leadership team and to increase asset utilisation. The manufacturer will ...
28 May 2013
French retailer, Intermarché, will invest €50m in building a new distribution centre (DC) in Erbrée, Brittany, according to press reports. Multi-temperature DC The new DC will be in Erbrée, Brittany, and will be built on a 74,000 sqm site. 2,000 sqm is dedicated to office space with the remainder being split equally between ambient and temperature controlled products. Once opened, in ...