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02 February 2018
Finding new ways to serve customers better is more important than ever. To stay ahead of the competition, businesses face a stark choice – to lead or to lag behind. To lead requires an awareness of significant trends and their likely impacts. Trends have a habit of rippling through industries and the businesses that operate within them, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Trend anal...
03 January 2018
January: the month when people flock to sign up for the gym, go on a health kick and start wondering when spring will arrive. It’s also the time when we’re making personal development plans for the year. For 2018, why not add something a bit different? ECR Mentoring: a unique opportunity ECR Mentoring is an award-winning personal development programme run by IGD and a team of industry ...
12 December 2017
In collaboration with the Retail Grocery Advisory Board,GS1 UK has created ProductDNA:hub, an independent and consistent method of sharing product data for suppliers and retailers. Standardising to create efficiency ProductDNA:hub covers over 150 product attributes, including ingredients, weight, dimensions, nutritional values and allergen information. Brands and suppliers own the data,...
16 November 2017
Supply Chain Insight Manager, Alex Edge, shares the results of IGD’s live benchmarking activity at the IGD Supply Chain Summit last week. New for 2017 After re-launching our annual benchmarking report on Supply Chain Analysis around our four pillars of supply chain success , we decided to bring this to life during our annual IGD Supply Chain Summit, last week. Instant bench...
01 November 2017
We recently asked our ECR Mentoring participants what skills they would like to develop further in the future. Interestingly, 60% of respondents said that their major business challenge they were working on was in developing leadership skills. This is probably no surprise, considering the difficulties the industry is experiencing in establishing a future pipeline of supply chain leaders.   ...
01 November 2017
Asda and Walmart International have announced that Deputy CEO Roger Burnley will succeed Sean Clarke as CEO on January 1st. The two will work closely together in the run-up to the handover to ensure a smooth transition and the successful execution of Asda's Christmas strategy. Burnley promoted to lead Asda Burnley rejoined Asda in October 2016, after several years at Sainsbury's as retail and o...
18 October 2017
2017 will be our most exciting Supply Chain Summit yet. Where else could you hear from such a powerful mix of  over 30 FMCG supply chain and business experts in the same room? And that’s just on stage. With interactive sessions with fellow supply chain and logistics professionals and fantastic networking opportunities throughout the day, can you afford to miss out? Tailor your experience...
12 October 2017
This week Aldi held its first trade briefing in the UK. On the day, Aldi described its future ambitions in the UK, where it has established a significant presence in recent years. This included a continued commitment to the business model which has supported its growth to date: Consistency, underpinned by quality, service and availability Simplicity, through everyday low price, no gimmicks ...
04 October 2017
Logistics solutions company, CHEP, has won the John Sainsbury Learning and Development award at the IGD Awards for its use of virtual reality. Using virtual reality to engage CHEP is using virtual reality (VR) to teach the value and benefits of using its platforms, such as quarter pallets, as reusable merchandising solutions in stores. The VR tool uses category management principles to de...
04 October 2017
Colgate Palmolive and Tesco have won the IGD Supply Chain Collaboration Award for their work on improving availability. Halving availability issues Colgate Palmolive worked closely with Tesco, using data from the retailer’s Visual Insight database to improve availability and increase sales in-store. In collaborating to translate data into action, the process reduced availability issues by 5...