Cost to serve 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...
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...
27 September 2021
We look at the recent supply chain challenges that Costco and Walmart are seeing with higher costs, shipping capacity and labour shortages. Costco delays price increases despite the current challenges As with the wider industry, the retailer is facing into with cost, supply chain and labour challenges. Inflationary factors are broad based, but is seeing major increases in shipping costs, pu...
22 September 2021
CO2 production resumed Production of CO2 at CF Industries’ plant in Teesside will be resumed in the next few days, as the government is set to cover full operating costs to run the plant for three weeks. The plant is due to become operational again in three days’ time. CF Industries’ second plant, located in Cheshire, will still remain closed for now. US-owned CF Industries has recently sto...
03 September 2021
After announcing plans to launch a purchasing alliance, the partnership between Casino and Intermarché officially started on 1 September. The partnership starts ahead of the 2022 trade negotiations. Auxo to focus on range of solutions… As part of the alliance Casino and Intermarché will be purchasing goods together, but also developing digital services and producing private labels. The alli...
19 August 2021
The UK government’s Plastic Tax will target manufacturers who use less than 30% recycled plastic in their plastic packaging from April 2022. The tax is anticipated to impact 20,000 manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging. About the Plastic Tax The Plastic Tax will be a new tax that applies to plastic packaging manufactured in, or imported into the UK, that does not contain at least...
03 August 2021
This is a roundup of July’s most popular content, picking out some of the key insights from the most viewed reports of the previous month. We produced the first and second reports in a three-part series that presents the key findings from IGD’s ecommerce supply chain survey 2021. In addition, we produced a landmark report that provides a picture of how global retail will be changed over the me...
14 July 2021
For food and drink businesses, supply chain capability is a major component within an overall competitive package. Supply chain professionals process data, predict demand and plan flexible, efficient delivery at minimal cost. The modern food and drink “offer” would not be possible without these value-adding activities. In recent months, however, IGD’s supply chain contacts have reported a pe...
27 May 2021
A growing need to focus on ecommerce performance The last twelve months or so have seen massive growth in the online grocery retail channel, with the rate of growth accelerated by the pandemic and its associated shifts in consumer behaviour.  Though growth of the channel is expected to slow down somewhat, as COVID-related restrictions ease globally, IGD forecasts an average compound annual gro...