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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...
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