Lean webinar

How Marks & Spencer does lean and green business

By Michael Stones contact

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Don’t miss your free place at the lean webinar to be broadcast at 11am on Tuesday April 26
Don’t miss your free place at the lean webinar to be broadcast at 11am on Tuesday April 26
Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to set out its view of lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes in a free, one-hour webinar at 11am on Tuesday April 26.

The online seminar​ will provide key insights on how the premium food and drink retailer has pioneered lean and green manufacturing techniques and audit processes with its suppliers.

The retailer’s head of responsible sourcing and packaging and Plan A, Louise Nicholls will set out how Marks & Spencer began the journey towards sourcing food and drink products from suppliers that meet lean, green and ethical manufacturing criteria.

Nicholls will also offer insight into the retailer’s leading evaluation processes, which accorded suppliers an accreditation based on their achievement against measured objectives.

‘M&S has stringent entry requirements’

“M&S has stringent entry requirements to business with us,”​ Nicholls is expected to tell the webinar audience on Tuesday. “Those included: integrity audits, food safety audits, ethical audits and specific audits for the farming sector.”

A supplier’s achievement would lead to it being accredited with a Provisional, Bronze, Silver and Gold status.

Speaking to FoodManufacture.co.uk ahead of the webinar, Nicholls said: “We wanted to prove to suppliers we would recognise and reward those facilities with leading standards.”

‘Recognise and reward those facilities with leading standards’

The M&S sourcing boss will join three other lean industry experts on the webinar panel. Those include: Greencore group technical director Helen Sisson, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) improvement specialist Simon Spanyol and Jeremy Praud, partner at Lauras International, which is sponsoring the webinar. Read more information about their presentations in the box below.

Each speaker will make a brief presentation on lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation before taking part in a panel discussion.

Attending the webinar – Lean and green manufacturing: realising world class potential – is free. Once registered,​ delegates can listen any number of times after the first broadcast at 11am on Tuesday April 26.

Delegates can put a question to our webinar panel during the broadcast or submit one in advance.

 

Lean and green manufacturing: realising world class potential

Greencore​ group technical director, Helen Sisson will explain how the manufacturer has harnessed lean production techniques to deliver efficiency improvements and cost savings​ across its business         

Marks & Spencer​ head of responsible sourcing and packaging and Plan A, Louise Nicholls will offer insight into the retailer’s pioneering work on lean and green food and drink manufacturing and evaluation processes

FMCG improvement specialist,​ Simon Spanyol will draw on many years’ experience of lean manufacturing at Mars and elsewhere to offer advice on practical implementation of lean

Lauras International​, partner, Jeremy Praud will deliver an overview of the savings on offer from lean manufacturing

Don’t miss your free place​ at this one-hour event at 11am on Tuesday April 26.

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