Cost to serve news

23 September 2022
The Italian chain is looking to optimise its logistics network through the “Conad Logistics Project”. An initiative which launched in 2020. Network Optimisation Conad is implementing a range of measures.  These include optimisation of vehicles and travel, improving working conditions of operators, and protecting the environment and its resources. Solutions that deliver success Conad h...
11 July 2022
Maritime Transport, one of the UK’s largest transport companies, has commenced operations at Hams Hall Rail Freight Terminal, after reaching a long-term agreement with Associated British Ports (ABP) to operate the facility. Centrally located, only ten miles from Birmingham Location - The terminal is adjacent to the Nuneaton-to-Birmingham railway line, M42 junction 9 and close to the...
29 March 2022
Gopuff – a US-based rapid delivery platform – and UK retailer, Morrisons have launched a multi-year partnership to bring own-brand and branded products to Gopuff's platform. The partnership means customers across the UK can order thousands of Morrisons food and grocery items for delivery in as little as 15-20 minutes. A major tie-up having recently arrived in the UK The partnership follows ...
29 March 2022
Lidl GB is set to create more than 1,200 new warehouse jobs by the end of 2025. The new roles will be based at Lidl’s new distribution centre (DC) in Luton, which will be the largest DC Lidl operates across its global operations when it opens in 2023. Construction of the 1.2 million sq. ft sites began last year. The site is due to serve store locations around London and the surrounding areas a...
01 December 2021
Swedish retailer, ICA has developed a highly automated warehouse to support its online business growth. The facility, located close to Stockholm, will be operational from the 1 st December and is the first of its kind in Sweden. A partnership with Ocado ICA invested SEK 1.1billion in the warehouse which has been developed in partnership with Ocado Group. Ocado’s automation has been adapted...
12 November 2021
As inflation hits a 30-year high in the US, we are starting to see retailers shift to a stronger value-led focus, in-store and online. Could this be a foreshadow of what’s to come in 2022? Prices hit 30-year high The annual Consumer Price Index (CPI) hit a 30-year high of 6.2% in October. The scale and scope of the increased commodity, packaging, labour and freight costs which suppliers con...
11 November 2021
Having weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, our industry continues to face new challenges. We look at what’s top of the list for the senior team at the Kellogg Company. Growth held back by supply challenges Organic sales increased 5.1% in Q3, with demand at-home remaining elevated and most of its powerhouse brands outperforming their relevant categories. Without some of the supply challenges it...
04 November 2021
With organic net sales up 1.3% in Q3 year-on-year, and up 7.6% versus 2019, we look at how Kraft Heinz is planning to mitigate the impact of cost inflation. Delivering gains after 2020 surge The company’s sales performance in the quarter paints a familiar picture with many CPG suppliers posting moderate gains versus last year and a significant increase versus 2019. The ability of companies ...
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...