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12 November 2019
At the start of the year, we called out four trends we expect to influence supply chains in 2019. The time has come to begin reviewing how the trends played out and we’ll do this in a series of blogs over the next few weeks. This week, I’ll be looking at Eager experimenters – this is all about businesses of all sizes establishing and embedding a self-disruptive supply chain culture, underpinn...
22 October 2019
We recently published the first in a three-part series benchmarking the building blocks of industry collaboration. To support the work, we gathered the views of over 200 global respondents from mainly commercial and supply chain roles. In this blog, I’ll explore a selection of the key findings. We asked respondents to benchmark their business’s capability in 13 areas. We grouped these into s...
17 October 2019
The latest instalment of IGD’s annual supply chain event took place this week. This was my fourth Supply Chain Summit and it was another great day! Here’s a recap in case you missed it. Customer-centric – the business imperative IGD’s CEO, Susan Barratt, opened on the main stage, setting the scene by delivering a few clear messages. The one that resonated with me most is “You must shape ...
16 October 2019
Lidl is due to invest £15 billion in British suppliers across the next five years. It has also committed to increase sales of British sourced meat, poultry and fresh produce by 10% over the next twelve months. Additional initiatives In addition to its multi-billion pound investment into UK food, farming and production, the retailer is set to introduce longer-term contracts that give its sup...
30 September 2019
Walmart is due to open, over the next two years, supply chain training academies in its distribution centres. Sanger, Texas The first Walmart Supply Chain Academy has opened in its distribution centre that’s located in the north of Dallas, precisely in Sanger, Texas. It aims to train the retailer’s supply chain associates and provide them with an opportunity to advance in their careers. Ess...
22 July 2019
Walmart has made a series of appointments and structural changes to its leadership team as it seeks to optimise its omnichannel capabilities. Pressing home its store network advantage The new structure has been developed to underpin Walmart’s aim to build a winning omnichannel business at scale. Over recent years it has pushed to press home the advantage of its store network; in the US, it can ...
10 June 2019
The Consumer Goods Forum (CFG) has announced the unanimous election of Tom Rose as the Retail Chair (Co-Chair) of the End-to-End Value Chain & Standards Pillar (E2EVC). Unanimous election in Barcelona Mr Rose has been unanimously appointed during the steering committee meeting that took place in Barcelona last April. He joins Manufacturer Chair Barron Witherspoon, Global VP, Industry Affairs ...
04 June 2019
Mike Barry, Marks and Spencer’s director of sustainability has confirmed he’ll step down from his current position on the 30th June. To be succeeded by Carmel McQuaid Mike Barry has spent 14 years working in the retailer’s sustainability team. He’s previously contributed in the development and implementation of its ‘Plan A’ strategy, which main objective is to make M&S the ‘most sustainable r...
28 May 2019
Walmart has announced the appointment of Suresh Kumar as its new elevated Chief Technical Officer and Chief Development Officer. 25 years of technology experience Mr Kumar brings more than 25 years of technology experience, having previously worked with Google, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM. His 15 years with Amazon will be particularly attractive to Walmart, having most recently held the positio...
24 May 2019
Mondelez International announced today that it has appointed Sandra MacQuillan as Executive Vice President, Integrated Supply Chain. What does the job involve? MacQuillan will be responsible for managing the company’s global procurement, manufacturing, engineering, customer service and logistics group. She brings extensive experience in supply chain technology and emerging markets. She will...