Supply Chain Analysis news

06 April 2020
In this article we look at what UK variety discounters are doing to address the challenges created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Temporary store closures B&M will be closing 49 stores as a response to the current trading conditions. The retailer has not announced what stores these will be, but has said it is likely they will be small format stores Poundland will be closing 1...
06 April 2020
In this regularly updated article, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic from discounters in the UK; Latest update Monday 6th April Aldi The elderly and most vulnerable will have exclusive access to stores for 30 minutes browsing time before they open, from Monday to Saturday. They can then purchase items as the stores open to the general public B...
06 April 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, convenience operators are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to the food and consumer goods products they need. We will continue to update this article as the latest initiatives are announced. Latest from US On-demand restaurant delivery company, DoorDash, is evolving its business model to offer delivery from convenien...
06 April 2020
The Consumer Goods Forum held a special webinar and invited Walmart China’s C-level executives to share the actions they took to overcome the challenges they have faced since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country three months ago. The in-depth discussion covered many areas of business, including retail, shopper behaviour, supply chain, customer and employee health, food production, person...
06 April 2020
Only 10 days since we reported that the majority of the UK’s restaurant and food-to-go chains were closing all operations, some have now re-opened their kitchens to launch new services.   Although the logistics are complex, there are benefits to remaining operational in some way: Offering services that support key workers and the vulnerable can boost staff morale, build ties with the loc...
06 April 2020
In this article, updated daily, we summarise the latest responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK: Market update: GB grocery market sees fastest growth on record. Market growth for the 12 weeks to 22 March was +7.6%, the fastest rate in over a decade, according to Kantar. The rapid growth was driven by a 20.6% surge in sales over the last four weeks. More details here ...
03 April 2020
Following the move of other foodservice wholesalers to target retail sales, as the emergency shut down cuts off their core market amongst out-of-home businesses, Brakes has launched a call & collect service to sell to the general public. Initially made available from three of its distribution depots earlier this week, it has now been extended to eight sites across England. Browse online, order...
03 April 2020
Asda has announced the addition of 300,000 slots to its online delivery operation, as demand for home deliveries increases due to the coronavirus pandemic. 700,000 slots a week As a result of the move, the number of delivery slots available on a weekly basis has now risen to 700,000, split evenly daily. Roger Burnley, Asda’s CEO, commented: “ We have been working around the clock to expa...
03 April 2020
This article looks at three ways supply chains have been flexible in overcoming some of the challenges that COVID-19 has introduced. 1.    Relaxing of legislation and regulation We have seen governments around the world temporarily relax legislation to increase the velocity of essential supplies (food and health-related items) through the supply chain. One of the first areas of legislati...
03 April 2020
Stress testing the relationship between the food industry and shoppers In the last few weeks, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has really tested the relationship between the food and grocery industry and its shoppers. Traffic at food retail stores has been at a level rarely seen before, outpacing peak trading periods including holidays and special shopping events. In response to incre...