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 …

The sustainable sourcing of food-it’s all about the tiers!

The sustainable sourcing of food – it’s all about the tiers

Dan White Blog, FMCG, Supply Chain

What does it actually mean? Sustainable sourcing is generally used to describe a holistic approach to a procurement exercise, focusing not only on commercial factors, but also the environmental and societal impact of what we plan to do. To some organisations, sustainable sourcing is dealt with by the publication of a CSR policy on the company website, to others it …

How did we run out of fried chicken? 5 lessons on switching suppliers, freshly served by KFC

How did we run out of fried chicken? 5 lessons on switching suppliers, freshly served by KFC

Adam Strauchold Blog, Retail, Supply Chain

Over the last week we have been witnessing a crisis at KFC in the UK. In case you have not heard, KFC is suffering a failure of delivery of chicken to their 900 restaurants, as a result of a new logistics supplier failure (DHL and QSL). Images of empty chicken shops and lorries queueing outside a depot, where crates of …

Night deliveries in London: Olympic Games from 2012 as best practice

Night deliveries in London: Olympic Games from 2012 as best practice

Laura Schmidt Blog, Supply Chain

The most common time frame for accidents in London is the rush hour from 7-10am and 6-8pm. Especially hauliers are involved in accidents due to the size of their vehicles and their restricted view. Due to the London Council it is not allowed for Lorries to enter certain roads in and around London before 7am in the morning. For drivers, …

Speed to market

Speed to Market – Challenges and Opportunities

Gopal Iyer Blog, Retail, Supply Chain

Supply chains have now evolved into complex beings, which are networked at multiple levels. These “supply networks” are complex not just in terms of the number of entities, but also in terms of their length. It is not surprising to see these modern day networks extending across the globe, delaying the process and information flows involved. To worsen the issue, …

The omniscient retailer – channels and data

The omniscient retailer – channels and data

Carissa Dzwonek Blog, Retail, Supply Chain

4C Associates’ Carissa Dzwonek explores how omnichannel retailers can leverage the latest solutions to become all-knowing. Omni-channel retail is nothing new. Any business with a bricks and mortar presence, coupled with an online offer can claim to operate across multiple channels. More advanced organisations develop frictionless offers across channels, enabling them to convert customers effectively, regardless of the device or …

Supply chains, manufacturing and Industry 4.0

Supply chains, manufacturing and Industry 4.0

Milan Panchmatia Blog, Supply Chain

Cloud computing, robotics, automation, data exchange… 4C’s Milan Panchmatia considers how businesses can leverage new opportunities in the era of the ‘smart factory’ Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, has the potential to transform the way in which products are created, transported and sold. This new era was ushered in thanks to technologies such as automation, cloud …

Eliminating modern slavery from global supply chains

Eliminating modern slavery from global supply chains

Robin Agarwal Blog, Supply Chain

Slavery is a global issue that affects businesses regardless of their geographic location. International companies involved in clothes manufacturing, farming and mining activities are seen as the most at risk, but the issue can affect almost any industry. The UK Modern Slavery Act has shone a light on the issue of forced labour in supply chains. The Act requires businesses …

The future of retail supply chains

The future of retail supply chains

Milan Panchmatia Blog, Retail, Supply Chain

4C Associates’ Milan Panchmatia examines how retailers can adapt their supply chains to take advantage of new opportunities. The retail industry is one of the fastest changing on the globe. New technologies are being developed at a rate never seen before and the level of competition in the field is greater than ever. Small, agile companies are finding ways to …

The challenge of ethical sourcing for fashion brands

The challenge of ethical sourcing for fashion brands

Milan Panchmatia Blog, Retail, Supply Chain

4C Associates’ Milan Panchmatia examines how global fashion companies can balance sustainable supply chains with the need to grow their business. Supply chains are increasingly fragmented and complex. Rapidly changing demand, economic uncertainty and higher levels of competition, mean businesses are constantly having to review their supply lines. Nowhere is this truer than in the fashion industry. Here companies are …