Cost to serve news

02 September 2016
With growth hard to come by, untangling your supply chain cost to serve may be more important than ever. Chris Irish explores how decisions made at one end of a supply chain can have a profound impact at the other and untangling this web may help you uncover hidden costs to remove and increase your business’s profitability. OK, I should probably start by clarifying something: I’m not about to...
31 August 2016
Amazon has announced plans to open two fulfilment centres in Monee, Illinois and Coppell, Texas. 79,000 sq m facility The facility in Monee, Illinois will be 79,000 sq m and has been strategically located, with the I-57 highway leading north, straight into Chicago and south to Champaign. The fulfilment centre will store smaller items including books, small electronics and groceries, for emplo...
24 August 2016
Russian retailer X5 has opened two new distribution centres in a bid to improve its logistics infrastructure in Southern Russia. Investing in logistics infrastructure X5 has announced that it has opened two new distribution centres in the Republic of Adygeya in Southern Russia. The retailer aims to develop its logistics infrastructure in the region, which is the southernmost and westernmost ...
16 August 2016
At IGD we discuss the growing complexities of supply chain every day. In a continually-evolving industry, we want to ensure we address the issues that matter. We are therefore asking: What is the top supply chain question that you would like an answer to? Perhaps a burning question about technology and the role it will play? A query on the necessary skills and capabilities needed to s...
10 August 2016
Lidl has announced plans to open a regional headquarters and distribution centre (DC) in Maryland, USA. $100m investment The discounter plans to invest $100m in the two facilities, which will be in Perryville, Cecil County. The location has been strategically chosen for its transport links: it’s about halfway between Baltimore (Maryland) and Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), just off the I-95 hi...
08 August 2016
Investing in its online capabilities Jet.com was co-founded in 2014, by entrepreneur Marc Lore in an attempt to build an online store to compete with Amazon, Walmart and Costco. This acquisition will be the largest ever of an ecommerce company and reflects the commitment Walmart has to growing its ecommerce business. The deal includes $3bn in cash, plus $300m in Walmart stock, to be paid out o...
03 August 2016
Ferrero is investing over CA$36m in expanding its manufacturing plant in Ontario, Canada. CA$36.1m project The facility will have an investment of CA$36.1m, including $1.5 from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund. The factory, which currently produces Nutella, Tic Tacs and Ferrero Rochers for North America and Australia, will have three new lines added for distributiuon to the USA, C...
01 August 2016
Tesco and Eddie Stobart have extended their UK distribution contract. 10-year relationship Under the contract, Eddie Stobart will continue to manage all transport operations for seven of Tesco’s distribution centres in the UK, as well as two in the Republic of Ireland. The relationship between the two companies, which began over ten years ago, is more than just contracts: Eddie Stobar...
27 July 2016
Wincanton, the supply chain solutions business, will continue to service a number of the Co-op’s distribution centres after it signed a deal to extend its relationship with the retailer for a further five years. The deal will see up to 1,000 Co-op stores serviced by Wincanton, equating to somewhere in the region of 130,000 journeys per year. Right for both businesses Both Jon Paul Brow...
20 July 2016
Dairy Crest has stated that its results for the first quarter of 2016 are in line with expectations. Building on 2015 successes Several major brands – including Clover, Country Life and Frylight - have been performing well, having built on momentum from the second half of 2015. Cathedral City cheese, which has just launched new branding and packaging, continues to perform in line with...