Supply Chain

Go with the flow, says Asda

Go with the flow, says Asda

We thought until earlier this month that retail-ready packaging was the main current, retailer-led change initiative.However, in October Asda...

Pressure rises to cut food miles

Pressure rises to cut food miles

The government taskforce on sustainable procurement has changed its rules of engagement with suppliers to rebalance the often conflicting issues of...

No hiding place

No hiding place

It is interesting how few food manufacturers have a hard measure of the profits they really make from individual customers. An ambient food...

Time for supply chain quid pro quo

Time for supply chain quid pro quo

Isn't it interesting how retailer-enforced changes in the supply chain are often better supported by suppliers than by the retailers' own staff!As...

Cool new approach to cut freight costs

Cool new approach to cut freight costs

By Elaine Watson

While the industry is littered with the carcases of dot.coms that have bitten the dust, those that have proved they are more than a bunch of...

Transparency is the key to happiness

Transparency is the key to happiness

I recently came across a bad example of a warehouse draft contract, which failed the two basic rules of 'fit for purpose' for relationships where the...

Beware those inflexible contracts

Beware those inflexible contracts

I had a call the other day to be a 'marriage guidance' counsellor for a third party logistics provider (3PL) and a customer who had fallen out over...

Food goes radio ga ga

Food goes radio ga ga

By Elaine Watson

There is a business case for RFID tags on returnable assets, but the jury is still out when it comes to mass tagging of cases, says Elaine Watson

The true cost of our journeys

The true cost of our journeys

It's roughly 1,000 miles from Northern Spain to the UK Midlands by road. That journey has a current commercial cost of around 70p per case for double...

A chilling thought...

A chilling thought...

Keeping food and drink at the right temperature throughout the supply chain isn't an especially complex task, but when corners are cut to save costs, problems can arise. Robin Meczes reports.

Pan-European disaster area?

Pan-European disaster area?

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is the forum in which operations and sales directors organise themselves to balance their sales effort and...

It's good to talk

It's good to talk

By Elaine Watson

Effective demand planning for promotions continues to be scuppered by poor communications both within and between companies, according to a new study...

On the road to compliance

On the road to compliance

By Lynda Searby

The Road Transport Directive has made a 48 hour working week for drivers mandatory. But at what cost to the food industry? Lynda Searby finds out

Tesco: shelf- ready or else?

Tesco: shelf- ready or else?

Tesco has started the roll-out of shelf-ready packaging by making a special offer to suppliers. It runs roughly like this: "Commit to shelf-ready...

Fears subside over road transport directive

Fears subside over road transport directive

By Rick Pendrous

Fears of soaring driver costs as the road transport directive comes into force this month have been allayed, according to a new survey.The survey of...

Good planning meets demand

Good planning meets demand

I recently saw a very successful example of sales and operations planning (S&OP), whereby manufacturing, distribution and sales have been welded...

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