LEGO to build a greener supply chain

December 13, 2013

The toy giant LEGO has announced a new set of environmental goals that will see it sourcing all of its power from renewables by 2016 as it seeks a way to reduce its supply chain’s carbon footprint. (more…)

Food wastage figures revealed

November 12, 2013

In a report by INCPEN, the Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment, they detail the £43 million worth of food we throw away every day.

In a report called Checking Out Food Waste, they have asked real retailers what exactly they throw away, in a move that could help supply chains to reduce the amount of food waste. Around 61% of product losses in the retail supply chain are because of wastage.  (more…)

Second Fulfilment Centre to Open in London

October 4, 2013

Waitrose is opening a second fulfilment centre in London which will double the number of delivery slots available to customers living in the capital.

Currently orders are fulfilled in branches and via a fulfilment centre in Acton, west London. The new multi-million pound depot will be based in Coulsdon, south London and will open in autumn 2014, creating around 500 new jobs for the company.

The new fulfilment centre will process up to twice the amount of orders as the current centre at Acton and will also cover twice the space which enables the workload to be doubled.

The new facility will be laid out like the ‘dark store’ at Acton, where pickers select products from shelves and aisles designed like a customer-facing supermarket.

Redesigned vans will also be added to the current fleet to match the demand for more orders, with on-site facilities for repairs and refuelling increasing the numbers of orders that can be fulfilled in one day.

Waitrose retail director Rob Collins said customer demand had created the need for a new fulfilment centre, with the current centre in Acton due to reach capacity by next year. “The dotcom fulfilment centre in Coulsdon provides the perfect, purpose-built site for us to take what we have learnt from Acton and step our online operation up a gear.”

Currently Waitrose’s online shop delivers more than 1.5 million products to customers nationwide and sales within the M25 tripled in 2012 to represent 20 percent of purchases.

Logistics industry event to bring together top supply chain names

September 11, 2013

Link North, an important event on the logistics industry calendar returns to Doncaster Racecourse this October, and will showcase some of the most innovative products and services in the logistics and supply chain industries.

The annual event sees leading companies showcase their newest products and services as well as giving seminars and offering product testing. (more…)

Government invests £20 million in offshore wind supply chain

August 14, 2013

Offshore wind farms in the UK are set to receive £20 million to strengthen the supply chain capability and capacity.

The money, which is provided by the Regional Growth Fund, will be used to set up a new advisory service which will offer expert support and advice to companies looking to grow within the sector. (more…)