Collaboration and best practice news

25 October 2021
We look at Nestle’s expectations on rising input cost inflation and the prospect for further price increases next year. Broad-based growth Nestle reported a 7.6% increase in organic growth for the first nine-months of the year, driven by a 6.0% increase in real growth and a 1.6% pricing increase. The business continued to deliver a solid performance across developed and emerging markets as ...
21 October 2021
In reporting a strong first quarter, with organic sales up 4%, following growth of 9% in the same period last year, the company noted that it expects cost headwinds of over $2bn this year. We look at some of the measures it is taking to offset these. Recovering costs over time Based on current estimates, P&G expects a $2.1bn after-tax commodity headwind and freight and transportation to add...
19 October 2021
The government has announced plans to temporarily allow overseas lorry drivers to make unlimited journeys in the UK within a 14 day period. Only two pick-ups or drop-offs are currently allowed each week “Cabotage” refers to the right to operate transport services within a given country. Foreign hauliers are currently allowed a couple of pick-ups or drop-offs within the UK each week. However...
18 October 2021
Starting from next year, the Co-op is planning to create 135 Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) driver apprenticeships that will last between 12 to 15 months. First intake in January 2022 The apprenticeships are due to start in January 2022. According to the Co-op, a competitive starting salary and a permanent contract will be offered, while costs of training will be covered as part of the programme...
18 October 2021
JD Logistics is set to invest RMB 1 billion (around £113 million) in a new green supply chain project called “Green Stream Initiative”. Carbon efficiency increased by 35% within five years The announcement was made at the sixth Global Smart Supply Chain summit held on 18 October. JD Logistics expects to see its carbon efficiency increase by 35% within the next five years, and halve its carb...
14 October 2021
The EU has unveiled a series of measures that are set to reduce the amount of paperwork and the number of internal UK border checks that are required under the protocol on goods crossing the Irish sea to Northern Ireland (NI) from the rest of the UK. Background Treatment of trade between GB and NI poses numerous practical difficulties and it is exceptionally sensitive, politically, for both...
13 October 2021
As it gears up for the critical holiday trading period, we look at the actions Target is taking to ensure it can meet shopper demand. Cost and capacity issues US retailers are facing several supply chain challenges, related to cost and capacity issues. Congestion at ports in Asia and on the US west coast, driven by lockdowns and labour availability, along with the shortage and rapid increas...
13 October 2021
The current shortage of HGV drivers is perhaps the biggest challenge the food and consumer goods industry has faced in years. Its impact can be seen in supermarkets, which have been negatively impacted by missed deliveries and replenishment problems in recent weeks. A few months ago, my colleague James Walton looked at the overarching causes, consequences and potential remedies to the HGV dri...
13 October 2021
Kroger has outlined plans to expand its ecommerce fulfillment partnership with Ocado to five new sites, including market entry into the Northeast. This brings the total number of identified locations, including live and spoke sites, to 18. Kroger aiming to double digital sales These sites form part of Kroger’s plans to develop up to 20 CFCs as part of its strategic partnership with Ocado. T...
11 October 2021
The UK government has appointed Dave Lewis, Tesco’s former CEO, to solve the supply chain issues that the economy is currently facing. Advising the Prime Minister and the new Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster The government’s new supply chain adviser will be directly advising the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Stephen Barclay, the new Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. In a statemen...