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05 July 2017
IGD’s Chief Economist, James Walton, considers the effects that Brexit could have on the UK’s grocery supply chain Breaking away from the EU labour market Negotiation of UK exit from the EU (Brexit) began on 19th June 2017, with discussion of citizens’ rights allocated high priority. Theresa May has suggested that EU nationals that live in the UK for five years or more before a cut-off d...
14 June 2017
After two great years at IGD, I’ve seen some significant changes within the industry. Of course, change is a constant, but the pace of change has noticeably increased. The supply chain is utilising technology to great effect, which is helping to address some of the new challenges. This has prompted some tough questions: how will we continue to respond to the changing market and increasing compet...
07 June 2017
Walmart has announced that it is testing employee online delivery. Cutting delivery costs Walmart already offers two-day free shipping, and online grocery pickup in store. This new method of delivery, in which associates opt-in to delivering packages on their route home from work, could cut shipping costs and ensure orders are delivered more quickly and efficiently. Minimal extra travel ...
24 May 2017
Thought of the week: Alex invents his own word  No it’s not a typo. I’m currently working on a piece of research focussing on supply chain strategy, focussing on how supply chain strategies are created and implemented within businesses. Interestingly, many leading manufacturers and retailers will have supply chain strategies in place looking 2,3,4,5 even 7 years into the future. With this...
16 May 2017
2 Sisters Food Group has invested £10m in technology and innovation at one of its facilities. £10m investment Leading UK food manufacturer, 2 Sisters Food Group has invested £10m in its prepared meals facility in South Wales. The investment was used for new technology and innovation in the production of Oriental foods at the manufacturer’s Rogerstone site, the largest prepared meals facilit...
15 May 2017
Over the past 12 months, we’ve been listening to your feedback on how we can improve our research content and digital experience. We've relaunched IGD.com and our three subscription services, giving you even greater value from your membership. You’ll see new and improved content, including fresh insights on availability, multichannel and cost to serve. Our new series of insight presentations –...
05 May 2017
Thought of the week: Chris wonders how the Internet of Things (IoT) will develop and its implications for businesses. This week, Amazon announced that it is to open another research centre in Cambridge, UK. The site will employ up to 400 people who will focus on developing technologies including Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant, as well as its Echo smart speaker. This caught my eye becau...
25 April 2017
What will the typical consumer packaged goods (CPG) supply chain look like in ten years’ time? This is something I often consider and the truth is, I can’t know for sure…but there’s nothing stopping me from making some predictions. In doing so, I am forced to consider one very important question: Will the CPG environment of the future lead the development of supply chain? Or , will the suppl...
25 April 2017
Thought of the week: Alex thinks about potential future applications of smart appliances. Imagine a fridge that could automatically recognise when food was expiring and push a notification to your smart phone… Now imagine a fridge that could recognise that expiring food, cross reference that data with expiring food in your local supermarket and suggest a recipe using those products. What ...
19 April 2017
Thought of the week: Alan considers the value of trusted relationships One of the few certainties in our modern world is the enduring importance of relationships based on trust. We are more comfortable, more secure and we work more effectively with colleagues, contacts and organisations that we trust. Trust takes time to build, and therefore requires a conscious investment of time and eff...