Cost to serve news

13 October 2021
The current shortage of HGV drivers is perhaps the biggest challenge the food and consumer goods industry has faced in years. Its impact can be seen in supermarkets, which have been negatively impacted by missed deliveries and replenishment problems in recent weeks. A few months ago, my colleague James Walton looked at the overarching causes, consequences and potential remedies to the HGV dri...
27 September 2021
We look at the recent supply chain challenges that Costco and Walmart are seeing with higher costs, shipping capacity and labour shortages. Costco delays price increases despite the current challenges As with the wider industry, the retailer is facing into with cost, supply chain and labour challenges. Inflationary factors are broad based, but is seeing major increases in shipping costs, pu...
22 September 2021
CO2 production resumed Production of CO2 at CF Industries’ plant in Teesside will be resumed in the next few days, as the government is set to cover full operating costs to run the plant for three weeks. The plant is due to become operational again in three days’ time. CF Industries’ second plant, located in Cheshire, will still remain closed for now. US-owned CF Industries has recently sto...
03 September 2021
After announcing plans to launch a purchasing alliance, the partnership between Casino and Intermarché officially started on 1 September. The partnership starts ahead of the 2022 trade negotiations. Auxo to focus on range of solutions… As part of the alliance Casino and Intermarché will be purchasing goods together, but also developing digital services and producing private labels. The alli...
19 August 2021
The UK government’s Plastic Tax will target manufacturers who use less than 30% recycled plastic in their plastic packaging from April 2022. The tax is anticipated to impact 20,000 manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging. About the Plastic Tax The Plastic Tax will be a new tax that applies to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least...
03 August 2021
This is a roundup of July’s most popular content, picking out some of the key insights from the most viewed reports of the previous month. We produced the first and second reports in a three-part series that presents the key findings from IGD’s ecommerce supply chain survey 2021. In addition, we produced a landmark report that provides a picture of how global retail will be changed over the me...
14 July 2021
For food and drink businesses, supply chain capability is a major component within an overall competitive package. Supply chain professionals process data, predict demand and plan flexible, efficient delivery at minimal cost. The modern food and drink “offer” would not be possible without these value-adding activities. In recent months, however, IGD’s supply chain contacts have reported a pe...
27 May 2021
A growing need to focus on ecommerce performance The last twelve months or so have seen massive growth in the online grocery retail channel, with the rate of growth accelerated by the pandemic and its associated shifts in consumer behaviour.  Though growth of the channel is expected to slow down somewhat, as COVID-related restrictions ease globally, IGD forecasts an average compound annual gro...
27 May 2021
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most significant shocks that global supply chains have ever faced. It has had a profound impact on the food and consumer goods industry with changes to how people shop set to impact end-to-end supply chains for a long time to come. In this blog, I look at the impact of COVID-19 on two key aspects of supply chain performance: end-to-end ...
11 May 2021
Building on comments from president and CEO, Vivek Sankaran, earlier this month, Albertsons has confirmed that it is evolving its buying structure to adopt a centralised approach. Cost savings opportunity Speaking during its Q4 results, Sankaran highlighted that the retailer had increased its $1bn productivity savings target to $1.5bn by 2022. This builds on the $500m savings delivered la...