Supply Chain

Have you heard?

Have you heard?

Inaccurate product data is costing the food industry millions, says Michelle Knott

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AG Barr embarks on rail freight initiative

By Elaine Watson

Irn Bru maker AG Barr will start shifting its first deliveries by rail this month after striking a three-year warehousing and distribution contract with Eddie Stobart.

Sainsbury: suppliers must clean up their data

Sainsbury: suppliers must clean up their data

By Elaine Watson

More than 60 manufacturers are now exchanging product data with Sainsbury via the global data synchronisation network (GSDN) as part of a trial designed to tackle the delays, errors and stock shortages caused by bad data.

Consignment stock? No thank you

Consignment stock? No thank you

Slowly, I lower the digestive into my tea. I watch it absorb the liquid like a sponge. The extra weight combined with the now softer texture weakens its structure. This is where skill and experience are required to decide the precise moment when to pull...

Honesty is the best policy

Honesty is the best policy

By Hugh Williams

You have been very naughty. Now go to your room and forget about dessert! Before you have any inappropriate thoughts, let me tell you that I am dead serious. You have been telling lies and you ought to be punished.

Put wasteful buying on ice

Put wasteful buying on ice

I lifted the lid of our second freezer and asked my wife: "what do you see?" She looked puzzled as I pointed at the frozen packs of sausages, peas...

The perils of pyramid silos

The perils of pyramid silos

By Hugh Williams

'You see, Barak,' I said, while his wife Michelle served the soup, 'businesses are structured in a way that's not logical to the product and money...

Bonuses for shooting aliens

Bonuses for shooting aliens

The little boy concentrated on his portable Nintendo, his fingers frantically pressing the buttons. The tip of his tongue stuck out of his mouth...

Can I borrow your secateurs?

Can I borrow your secateurs?

There I was: ready, prepared, and motivated. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon and the garden needed some attention. My wife and I had consulted on...

It takes real genius to hit your targets

It takes real genius to hit your targets

By Hugh Williams

I rang my doctor's surgery recently. I could not get an appointment for that day or the next. So they asked me to call back two days later. I...

Return of the mage

Return of the mage

Simplicity and visibility are key as financial pressures prompt suppliers and retailers to work together using common systems, as Rod Addy discovers

Do you feel a bit paranoid?

Do you feel a bit paranoid?

By Hugh Williams

Sometimes you get the feeling something is not quite right. Your gut is telling you to watch out, but your head is trying to convince you that you...

Cool ways to save

Cool ways to save

Boosting the efficiency of cold stores has been the subject of intensive research over recent years, because it can yield substantial cost reductions, says Rod Addy

Master of the house

Master of the house

By Rick Pendrous

New technology has much to offer warehousing in terms of raising the supply chain game. But beware of quick fixes, reports Rick Pendrous

I'm lovin' it

I'm lovin' it

By Elaine Watson

McDonald's head of supply chain Dean McKenna talks to Elaine Watson about life working under the golden arches

Just remember not to forget

Just remember not to forget

What's the average memory span of a business? Judging by how quickly they make the same mistakes again, I would say six months. In fact, six months...

The forecast for tomorrow is...

The forecast for tomorrow is...

Of all supply chain planning processes, sales forecasting often causes the biggest headaches.Ideally, everyone should work from the same numbers,...

Waiting for the sign from above

Waiting for the sign from above

By Hugh Williams

I wait for this moment with great anticipation. I know someone will say it. Most of them have been thinking it for a while. Suddenly one of them is...

Bigger lorries a mixed blessing

Bigger lorries a mixed blessing

By Hugh Williams

Andrew Tinkler, chief executive of Eddie Stobart, recently revealed on Radio 4 that he was talking to the transport secretary about plans to increase...

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