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28 November 2018
We hear a lot about businesses making efforts to work closer together in order to 'uncover mutual benefits' or 'create cost savings', but what about the benefits for people? It’s no secret that collaboration is a core part of any successful business approach, but making it a core part of a personal development programme may be less obvious. Suzannah Murphy, Supply Chain Analyst at IGD, explores...
28 November 2018
At the start of 2018, we picked out four supply chain trends we expected to gather momentum over the course of the year. I’m reviewing how they’ve developed, and this week, I’ll look at Reprioritising skills for success. This signposts the growing influence and impact of technology on the businesses and individuals that make up the food and grocery industry. We projected that technology ...
08 November 2018
Relationships and the ability to work effectively with people have a disproportionate impact on our success. Silos, objectives and the ways we choose to communicate can all be barriers, but there are things we can do to make our investments pay. DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC AS PDF DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC AS PDF Making your business relationships pay: characterising g...
07 November 2018
  This week, IGD published its keynote piece of supply chain research for 2018, Supply Chains for Growth . It’s a fantastic insight into the future characteristics of our industry’s supply chains and an analysis of the response needed. Kudos to my colleagues Alistair and Chris for a sterling job.   Supply Chains for Growth outlines the elevated impact that a supply chain team ca...
31 October 2018
The shopping environment is changing rapidly, as is the external environment which affects our supply chains. This creates a significant opportunity for the supply chain function to develop new solutions, processes and consumer offerings. IGD has been looking more closely at how organisations can capture this opportunity, and I’m pleased to share a summary of our findings with you. The full ...
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...