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18 October 2018
How is your performance currently measured? If, like me, you have a mix of different objectives, each contributing to a different part of the organisation’s wider strategy, with several tangible deliverables helping you achieve them, you’re in good company. It’s not very exciting, but that’s the reality for most. A better question might be how will your performance be measured in future? ...
03 October 2018
The winners of the IGD Awards 2018 were announced at a glittering ceremony in London last night (2nd Oct). Commenting on the IGD Awards, Nick Downing, Commercial Director at IGD said: “Our industry continues to face some challenging times, yet never fails to impress with inventive ways to keep surprising and delighting shoppers with fresh ideas and great service. Congratulations to all our winn...
03 October 2018
Alan Hayes shares his thoughts on three core issues that will help our supply chain teams and functions be better prepared for change. This follows on neatly from last week’s blog, in which James Walton explored whether Brexit and other forces of change could be the prompt for some fundamental rethinking of our supply chains. Forces of change Competition, technology, shopper preferences, ...
13 September 2018
Supply chain is a business function that is changing rapidly, playing an increasingly strategic role at the heart of many food and grocery businesses. As this happens, it becomes ever more important to focus on the importance of the relationships we have with our colleagues. My colleague Chris Irish has just published the first part of a report looking at just this - Making your business ...
08 August 2018
Alistair Balderson summarises four IGD Supply Chain Analysis reports, so you can “bring the outside in” and give your annual planning a boost. It’s August, so for many in our industry that means not only holiday time (if you’re lucky), but also annual planning time. A wonderful opportunity to step back from the day-to-day supply chain challenges to think about the big questions. Questions...
25 July 2018
We’re embarking on a piece of research to uncover how the quality of our relationships impacts our ability to do our jobs. In my experience, relationships matter as much in the working environment as they do outside of it, but we’re keen to hear your views . The new reality With disruptive events on the increase, simply put, there’s more chance of something going wrong. This puts mor...
18 July 2018
Supply Chain Capability Manager, Alex Edge, explores some potential future options for learning and development in the food and grocery industry. Gamification: “The application of elements of game playing into a business environment” Gamification elements have long been adopted in the food and grocery industry to help shoppers engage with brands, raise awareness and increase loyalty. Take...
11 July 2018
The shortlist has been unveiled for the IGD Awards 2018, the annual event celebrating the best of the food and grocery industry. Celebrating nearly three decades, over 540 winners, 10,000 entries, 3,400 hours of judging, 15,000 attendees and 1,800 judges, the awards ceremony is a historic event that will take place in London on 2rd October, where more than 600 senior executives will gather to ...
20 June 2018
Sustainability & Strategy Manager Alan Hayes considers how the role of leadership is changing in the food and grocery industry, and how we can use leadership within supply chain to increase agility. Messy change I was reminded recently by a colleague that change is difficult in the beginning, messy in the middle, and glorious in the end. This echoes the message that “ even successful chan...
13 June 2018
IGD attended the massive Walmart Shareholders’ Week in Bentonville recently and learnt about some fascinating new initiatives from the world’s largest retailer. I’ve picked out a few key points for supply chain professionals to be aware of. Change while in motion / partnerships FAST unloader and robot shelf scanner People Change while in motion, and partnerships Walmart’s...