• By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted May 1, 2018

Suppliers fear Sainsbury's price squeeze after Asda deal

Companies that supply products to Sainsbury's and Asda fear they could suffer when the two grocery chains merge.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 26, 2018

Poundworld set to close a third of its UK stores

The discounter is reported to be planning the closure of c100 of its 335 UK stores, putting up to 1,500 jobs at risk

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted May 1, 2018

MRC awards Bristol researcher £1.2M to investigate immune defence against microbes

University of Bristol researcher Dr Borko Amulic has been awarded a prestigious Career Development Award worth £1.2 million by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to lead research into how the natural ability of neutrophil immune cells can be boosted to fight infection in the post-antibiotic age.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 25, 2018

How can the supply chain manage the impending warehouse crisis?

The development of smartphones has made it much easier for consumers to access the internet and, as such, online shopping has grown at a rapid pace. Sales at the UK’s 20 largest online-only retailers increased by 23% to £8.4bn during 2017.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 12, 2018

Manufacturing quality hampered by supply chain issues

Achieving quality in the supply chain is a major concern for manufacturers, and access to good raw materials is a growing issue, a survey of 200 UK manufacturers has found.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 12, 2018

TJX Europe awards DHL contract extension

TJX Europe has awarded DHL Supply Chain a five-year contract extension to handle its end-to-end supply chain, including inbound vendor collections and outbound store distribution.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 13, 2018

Aligning procurement with treasury

Procurement staff are really good at spending the company’s money: that’s their job, they’re professionals and they do their jobs well. It’s about tough pricing, rigorous contract management, and – these days, especially – a somewhat more collaborative approach to see if there are any innovations the business could draw from its suppliers.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 16, 2018

Cold snap sends shiver through high street

Freezing conditions saw footfall dip by 6% in March at a time when a squeeze on consumer incomes is already hurting retailers.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 6, 2018

A shed the size of a town:​ what Britain’s giant distribution centres​ tell​ us about modern life

Designed to disappear into the landscape​, Britain’s vast super-warehouses​ also​ reflect a world in which we expect online purchases to arrive as if by magic.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 6, 2018

Chains Bargain Booze and Wine Rack near sale to Bestway

Conviviality brands Bargain Booze and Wine Rack are set to be sold to food wholesaler Bestway for £7m.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 4, 2018

Brexit countdown: Time for procurement to get ready

"Preparing for Brexit is like training for a marathon... you have to start doing some runs now". In a year, the UK starts transitioning out of the EU – that much is agreed. And while much uncertainty remains, there is procurement work that can, and is, being done now.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 6, 2018

Five ways procurement can lead through disruptive innovation

The procurement function constantly has to adapt to challenges brought on by a fast-paced changing world.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 9, 2018

CEVA plans £960m Swiss flotation

CEVA Logistics has unveiled plans for raise CHF 1.3 billion (£960 million) through an initial public offering on SIX, the Swiss stock market.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted April 9, 2018

Novartis snaps up AveXis in $8.7bn deal

Novartis is buying US gene therapy group AveXis in a deal valued at $8.7 billion.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted March 23, 2018

Starbucks testing blockchain to empower coffee farmers

Starbucks is piloting the use of data technology, including blockchain, to make its coffee supply chains more transparent.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted March 22, 2018

DHL develops 375,500 sq ft DC for Eaton

DHL Supply Chain has developed a 375,700 sq ft distribution centre for its customer Eaton, the global power management specialist. The new German facility is highly automated, and is expected to be in operation from the beginning of next year.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted March 20, 2018

Unilever hands responsibility for marketing to new category divisions in shake-up

The FMCG giant is “streamlining” its business by setting up new beauty and personal care, home care, and foods and refreshment divisions in a reorganisation it hopes will increase agility and competitiveness.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted March 20, 2018

Brexit pain for UK businesses, as supply chain costs rise

Brexit uncertainty is causing businesses to pass the increase in costs incurred as a result of supply chain challenges on to consumers, according to new research from Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted March 20, 2018

GSK may sell Horlicks to fund Novartis deal

Pharmaceuticals giant GSK is to take full control of a joint venture which owns Sensodyne toothpaste, Panadol headache tablets and Nicotinell patches.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted March 26, 2018

Titanium costs halved with new process

A new method of forging titanium could potentially halve the cost of producing the material.