• By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted June 8, 2018

UN Environment report offers 10 recommendations to curb single-use plastics

UN Environment unveiled a new report on Tuesday, "Single-use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability," that offers a global outlook on the "state of plastics" using data and case studies from more than 60 countries.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted June 11, 2018

Pets At Home invests £2.5 million in automation

UK pet supplies retailer Pets At Home is to implement a £2.5 million warehouse automation project from Conveyor Networks at its e-commerce distribution centre in Northampton to drive efficiencies, deliver real-time visibility and achieve greater productivity across operations.

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

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  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted June 8, 2018

Ikea promises to remove single use plastics

Ikea has pledged to remove all single use plastics from its range and restaurants by 2020 as part of a new sustainability strategy.

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

Antibiotic supply chains 'on brink of collapse'

Antibiotic supply chains are “on the brink of collapse” and procurement has a part to play in “rebuilding the market”, according to a report.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted May 30, 2018

Get communication right, get procurement right

I am always surprised by the ways in which large corporations try to make themselves more attractive to the next generation of procurement executives.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted June 5, 2018

Retail sales bounce back at record rate in May

Retail sales bounced back in May as a combination of sunny weather, the Royal Wedding, the FA Cup Final and long weekends boosted consumer spending.

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

DHL invests in India's logistics sector boom with SmarTrucking service

DHL has entered India’s crowded digital trucking market with the launch of DHL SmarTrucking.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted May 14, 2018

Online shoppers on the rise, says Royal Mail

Two thirds of people are shopping online once a month and retailers need to ensure they’re responding to consumer demand or they risk being left behind, according to Royal Mail Parcels.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted May 11, 2018

4 Ways Procurement Could Better Manage Risk - Procurement News

Procurement pros need to get better at managing risk. Because supply chain disruption can come from any angle, whether it’s caused by a supplier site failure, environmental or geopolitical factors, or even adverse weather…

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted May 14, 2018

Creating a True Digital Procurement Supply Chain

Procurement is getting its digitized act together and while supply chain managers have been slow to integrate digitization in the procurement function, the trend may finally be gaining traction, says a new report.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted May 15, 2018

Retail blamed for slowest job growth since 2010

The retail sector has emerged as the sector that has endured the biggest decline in job growth since the start of the year and slowest growth since 2010.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted May 2, 2018

Using Blockchain to Secure the Medical Supply Chain

Imperial Logistics leverages One Network’s Real Time Value Network cloud solution to manage the entire distribution process and help ensure the delivery of clean drugs to patients using Blockchain.

  • By Tony English
  • In General
  • Posted May 3, 2018

Buyers: take responsibility for CSR, says Nestlé procurement boss

Buyers need to take individual responsibility for their business’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals.

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

The benefits of a diverse supply base

Risk is an inherent factor in supply chains. Organisations that do business with other groups inevitably take on an element of uncertainty that can reflect on a brand – where do sourced products come from?

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

Industry urged to take advantage of renewables insights

Awareness of ongoing research into packaging made from natural renewable resources needs to be raised according to both the Packaging Society

  • 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.