Collaboration and best practice comment and opinion

28 November 2018
We hear a lot about businesses making efforts to work closer together in order to 'uncover mutual benefits' or 'create cost savings', but what about the benefits for people? It’s no secret that collaboration is a core part of any successful business approach, but making it a core part of a personal development programme may be less obvious. Suzannah Murphy, Supply Chain Analyst at IGD, explores...
07 November 2018
  This week, IGD published its keynote piece of supply chain research for 2018, Supply Chains for Growth . It’s a fantastic insight into the future characteristics of our industry’s supply chains and an analysis of the response needed. Kudos to my colleagues Alistair and Chris for a sterling job.   Supply Chains for Growth outlines the elevated impact that a supply chain team ca...
18 October 2018
How is your performance currently measured? If, like me, you have a mix of different objectives, each contributing to a different part of the organisation’s wider strategy, with several tangible deliverables helping you achieve them, you’re in good company. It’s not very exciting, but that’s the reality for most. A better question might be how will your performance be measured in future? ...
13 September 2018
Supply chain is a business function that is changing rapidly, playing an increasingly strategic role at the heart of many food and grocery businesses. As this happens, it becomes ever more important to focus on the importance of the relationships we have with our colleagues. My colleague Chris Irish has just published the first part of a report looking at just this - Making your business ...
15 August 2018
Supply Chain Capability Manager, Alex Edge, summarises the recent report, How to build a data-driven culture and explores the implications for skills in supply chain. Birthday boy My 31st birthday has just passed, and with that, my 15th anniversary working in supply chain. I’ve been processing data throughout my entire career, making decisions based upon thousands of columns of Exce...
31 July 2018
The phrase “opportunities and risks” is used widely in trade and mainstream media, most often associated with challenging situations such as Brexit or a proposed merger. I often feel that commentators who use this phrase think that their opportunities and risks are synonymous, and that businesses and their management teams should be equally adept at dealing with both.  Let’s unpick each of t...
25 July 2018
We’re embarking on a piece of research to uncover how the quality of our relationships impacts our ability to do our jobs. In my experience, relationships matter as much in the working environment as they do outside of it, but we’re keen to hear your views . The new reality With disruptive events on the increase, simply put, there’s more chance of something going wrong. This puts mor...
18 July 2018
Supply Chain Capability Manager, Alex Edge, explores some potential future options for learning and development in the food and grocery industry. Gamification: “The application of elements of game playing into a business environment” Gamification elements have long been adopted in the food and grocery industry to help shoppers engage with brands, raise awareness and increase loyalty. Take...
12 July 2018
Head of Supply Chain Insight, Alistair Balderson, takes a look at highlights from IGD’s recent report series, Vulnerabilities in the global supply chain. All change, please We are often told that change is always with us. The usual quote is from British Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli: “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” Although I prefer the version my son used as his Thoug...
04 July 2018
Our ShopperVista team has just published its Shoppers of the Future research, the latest report in IGD’s Futures series, which focuses on the future of the food and grocery industry. The report identifies an emerging group of ‘Influencer Shoppers’ that currently represent around 25% of the total UK shopper population. They are set to replace baby boomers as the generation with the most purch...