Merry Brexit Christmas

Pro Ganguly Blog, Brexit, Retail 0 Comments

31st October. A date that frightens children with all the ghostly and spooky goings on of Halloween. But this year, 31st October is set to scare another group of people – retailers. Will Brexit deadline day v3 be a Treat or will it be tricky for retailers? Both of the remaining candidates to replace Theresa May have promised that they …

The Real Cost of Returns

Gopal Iyer In the press, Retail 0 Comments

In 2018 alone, cost of returns for UK fashion retailers was c£6.6 billion, which was almost 10 percent of the total UK fashion retail market. Follow the link below to read the full article https://www.sdcexec.com/warehousing/blog/21075723/the-real-cost-of-returns

Power to the People…

Simon Latham Blog, FMCG, Procurement, Supply Chain 0 Comments

I had a really informative day yesterday attending the “Groceries Code Adjudicator Annual Conference, 2019” in the wonderfully historic Church House in Westminster – a building that acted as a temporary parliament for William Churchill’s government during the war after the Houses of Parliament took a direct hit! It really was a celebration of the continued and great success that …

If You’re Small, Source Smart Globally

Jay Tan Blog, Oil&Gas, Procurement 0 Comments

Unlike large energy conglomerates, smaller energy companies ought to take advantage of global sourcing in order to remain competitive in the markets. Unfortunately, many are still ill equipped to do so, owing to the complexities involved in cross-border buying. Nevertheless, there can be significant upside if it’s done right. Smaller firms within energy markets may have the tendency to source …

Using AI to drive growth through savings

Yorick Plouvier Artificial Intelligence, Blog 0 Comments

Global spending on AI continues its trajectory of rapid growth as businesses increasingly recognise the value it brings and invest in projects that utilise their artificial intelligence capabilities. The International Data Corporation predicts that global AI spend will increase 50% per year, to over $50b by 2021, which shows the importance of implementing AI into business strategies globally. However, it’s not just about the AI tools …

Driving EBIDTA improvements in the food service sector

Dan White Blog, FMCG 0 Comments

Over the recent years, the eating-out-of-home sector has evolved tremendously, and of course, had more than its fair share of challenges. Never has this been truer than today, and with cost pressures and uncertainty facing businesses, coupled with consumers feeling the squeeze on their finances, we predict even more challenging times are ahead.   Competition across the casual dining space is …

Re-Engineering your Supply Chain for Tomorrow’s Retail

Gopal Iyer Blog, Retail 0 Comments

Supply chains – Not so many years ago  My early experiences with Supply Chain design and management mostly involved products flowing in one direction alone, from the supplier to the customer. The world was so logical with defined order plans beautifully transposed into supplier orders and deliveries. The products used to arrive on pallets, well stacked. There were some processing centres within the warehouses, …

4C Retail – May Networking Event

Pro Ganguly Blog, Events, Retail

4C Associates’ Insights in Retail networking event at Searcy’s @ at the Gherkin brought together a group of senior leaders from across the retail, food service and convenience industries supported by 4C’s own team of retail industry experts. The round table discussion centred on why the use of data and insights is now, not an option, but a necessity in decision making for retailers and why adopting the use of data is paramount to ensuring their survival in …

Gymshark – Is this the Future of Retail?

Lucy Deaner Blog, Retail 0 Comments

With a community of 5.4 million fans across social media and global sales of over £100 million, CEO Steve Hewitt not only steers a fitness empire, but harnesses the power of the Gymshark brand to bring in a packed-out standing room only talk at the Internet Retailing Expo 2019.  Talking to his audience of industry colleagues, Hewitt spoke about how Gymshark – the infamous fitness apparel and accessories brand – have created a loyal community of fans that are never viewed as ‘customers’; ‘they are our community, our fans’. The refreshing retailer ethos exudes people and culture not only at the heart of its audience …