Waitrose shortens supply chain by opening frozen beef unit

July 16, 2013

Waitrose has opened one of the UK’s shortest supermarket supply chains in Dovecote Park Estate, with the addition of a new frozen beef unit added to its network.

The new facility has enabled the supermarket chain to produce all of its beef products on site and it now has no reliance on other third party companies supplying and packaging its meat, meaning that the supply chain is shortened, with the distance between farm and shelf greatly reduced. (more…)

UK manufacturing supply chains receive multi-million pound investment

November 27, 2012

Manufacturing supply chains are set to benefit from an £80m investment from the Government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI). (more…)

Supply chain needs ‘urgent attention’ according to KMPG

November 15, 2012

A report has revealed that supply chains are “no longer in a position to cope with fluctuating customer demands.”

The report, taken out by KMPG, also states that there are fears that new legislation may harm efforts to improve supply chain efficiency. Supply Chain Futures looks into why KMPG believes the broken links in the supply chain need urgent attention. (more…)

Slash in supply chain waste thanks to supermarkets’ efforts

October 12, 2012

A recent report by The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) shows that some supermarket giants such as Asda and Marks & Spencer have maximized their efforts to cut waste in their supply chains in a bid to try and reduce waster by up to five per cent over three years. Last year’s figures showed that this target may not be achievable although the supermarkets’ new redoubled efforts to reduce waste may prove 2011’s figures wrong. (more…)

Survey says cutting supply chain costs is priority

September 11, 2012

Supply Chain Futures, a specialist in supply chain recruitment, has noted that supply chain managers are prioritising the reduction of supply chain costs and pressuring the “speed of change in consumer markets” over the next five years. The research comes according to a recent European logistics occupier survey by Jones Lang LaSalle, which also suggests that the “re-alignment of distribution networks to manage cost pressures” will also be essential in order to stay competitive. (more…)