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08 December 2015
Morrisons has chosen a telematics solution from Microlise to optimise its HGVs (heavy goods vehicles). 545 vehicles deployed The Microlise telematics solution is based on the company’s fleet performace and journey management products and has already been deployed across a fleet of 545 HGVs, less than six weeks after the two companies reached an agreement. The solution is also integrated to ...
17 November 2015
Carlsberg is to streamline its operations worldwide and scale back on beer production at its brewery in Northampton, UK in an effort to drive supply chain efficiency and revitalise sales. Reducing production Carlsberg plans to cut about 2,000 jobs worldwide and reduce the production team at its Northampton brewery, signalling the start of a review of its customer supply chain operations. T...
03 November 2015
Woolworths has reported a 3.6% sales decline to AU$12,395m for its Australian food, liquor and petrol division over the 14 week period to 4 October 2015. However, supermarket sales in New Zealand were more encouraging, growing 3.9% to NZ$1,559m. Australian food and liquor sales up 0.4% to AU$11,064m Like-for-like (LFL) sales in the quarter declined 1.0%, with store openings including; six n...
21 October 2015
Asda has announced the launch of 'Project Renewal', which aims to better address shoppers' evolving needs against the ongoing backdrop of volatile market conditions. Maintaining the core The 18 month project updates Asda's five year 'Redefining Value Retailing' strategy, which originally prioritised improvements to the core business, increased access and reach and expansion into new markets...
01 September 2015
GS1 UK has launched its Perfect Order initiative, which could save the industry several million pounds by lowering operating costs and efficiency savings. Tackling hidden costs The programme, which aims to help retailers and suppliers tackle hidden operating costs as well as delays and inefficiencies in the supply chain, involves the development and adoption of a set of industry-agreed stan...
05 August 2015
Greencore has decided to use Voiteq’s voice-direct warehouse execution system to help modernise its ‘Food to Go’ distribution operation in the UK and US. Voice-directed system Greencore is keen to modernise its ‘Food to Go’ distribution operation and has chosen Voiteq’s Voiceman system which is linked to the company’s existing ERP system. The solution forms part of manufacturer’s PALM stock...
22 July 2015
Global manufacturer PZ Cussons has revealed strong revenue growth for its fiscal 2015 period and updated investors on its strategy to build a world-class supply chain. Optimising the supply chain PZ Cussons revealed revenue grew by 2.3% to £819.1m for the period that ended 31 May 2015. Like-for-like operating profit also increased by 2.7% to £114.4m. The manufacturer is part-way through a s...
16 June 2015
Amazon is opening its 13th regional distribution centre in the UK, according to reports. More than £1 billion investment The new DC will be located in Washington, Sunderland and nine independent logistics companies will work from the DC to deliver Amazon’s orders to customers across the North East of England. This means that Amazon has invested over £1 billion in its UK operations, improvin...
27 May 2015
In its Q1 results, DHL’s year-on-year revenue increased by 8.8% to €14.8bn, on track with the company’s full year forecast. Focusing on supply chain optimisation DHL’s Q1 results revealed that revenue at the supply chain division decreased to €53m, following increased investment in its supply chain optimisation programme in the last few months. The optimisation programme aims to significant...
19 May 2015
Following a £50m investment at its facility in Harlesden, United Biscuits will invest millions in its UK supply chain, according to press reports. Three centres of excellence In an interview, United Biscuits’ group supply chain director, Kevin McGurk told FoodManufacture that its 2013-15 £50m investment in its Harlesden production site was the first step in a multi-million pound investment sche...