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11 April 2017
Thought of the week: Suzannah considers the effects of WeChat's European ecommerce expansion. China’s largest social media platform, WeChat, has announced plans to expand its ecommerce and payments for brands in Europe, starting in the UK. WeChat isn’t just a messaging app; its enhanced functionality includes mobile payment, integration with household appliances, gaming, bill payments, ti...
10 April 2017
IGD's Chief Economist, James Walton, offers his take on how a productive supply chain can help businesses to create material value for shareholders.   IGD's Chief Economist, James Walton, offers his take on how a productive supply chain can help businesses to create material value for shareholders.   The scale option In February 2017, the US-based grocery company Kraft Heinz offere...
05 April 2017
Thought of the week: Chris looks at how the developing online channel differs from traditional retailing. I recently immersed myself in the world of online retailing. I wanted to understand how the online channel is developing and where the key challenges lie. In doing so, it became clear that they vary significantly from those related to the bricks and mortar channel. Simply understandin...
04 April 2017
Alan Hayes explores how we can deliver sustainable changes to our actions.   My recent blog:  ‘Making it stick ', featured Lewin’s field theory as the basis for modelling transformational change. In this blog, I will examine leadership development and the actual change process itself, exploring how to deliver sustainable changes to our actions, habits or competencies. Whether we are dealing...
22 March 2017
Struggling to recruit into supply chain? This infographic identifies five ways that people are overcoming the supply chain skills gap.   DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC
22 March 2017
Tesco has made two significant changes to its leadership team, with the appointment of new CEOs for both its Asian and European businesses. Tony Hoggett to become CEO of Tesco Asia Tony Hoggett, the existing chief operating officer for Tesco in the UK, has been promoted to CEO for the retailer's Asian business. Hoggett joined Tesco in 1990 and has extensive operational experience in both the ...
15 February 2017
Alex looks at the importance of supply chain learner journeys in a world of change.   Developing our people and training them have never been more relevant as we attempt to traverse the skills gap we are faced with. IGD’s “Mind the Gap” skills research in 2016 helped identify these gaps. Our next step in the journey was to engage the industry to help shape our approach and what better cha...
31 January 2017
Thought of the week: Chris Irish explores the implications of Walmart’s recent announcement to restructure its replenishment operations. Walmart recently announced that it is to restructure its replenishment operations to help it exceed its customer’s expectations. The announcement will trigger a host of changes including the creation of several specialist replenishment roles. Each role...
25 January 2017
Carlsberg Group has appointed a new executive vice president for supply chain. A wealth of supply chain experience Following Peter Ernsting’s departure at the end of 2017, Philip Hodges has been appointed the executive vice president for supply chain at Carlsberg. He joins Carlsberg from Mondelez, where he was SVP for integrated supply chain Europe. Prior to this, he held a number of senior ...
18 January 2017
Most of us are acutely aware of the accelerating pace of change within our industry, and the unprecedented uncertainty which now accompanies this. I believe there’s a real risk that we become complacent about change, accepting it as an inevitability. This blog sets out how we can take control of change within our organisations, especially in supply chains functions, in response to external influe...