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  • Where is the best supply chain talent hiding?

    26 October 2016

    As the supply chain world changes at a rate never seen before, both retailers and manufacturers are struggling to recruit for supply chain employees with the skills to operate in this new environment. Here's our top tips for finding the right talent for your business.

  • Infographic: skills gaps in the supply chain

    18 October 2016

    Explore this infographic to see the stats from our recent supply chain talent attraction and training survey.

  • Keeping up with the drones

    01 August 2016

    Online Content Co-ordinator (Supply Chain) Suzannah Murphy takes some time to see what all the fuss is about in the race to eliminate last-mile logistics costs.

  • UK supply chains: the robots are coming!

    22 June 2016

    Has the food and grocery industry finally shaken off past demons to embrace supply chain automation? Laura John Supply Chain Business Analyst, shares her thoughts.

  • Why China’s supply chain will set the standard

    18 May 2016

    Will China be able to leapfrog more established markets to develop the next generation of supply chain solutions? Customer Supply Chain Insight Manager Darren Smillie investigates.

  • Forecasting demand in a world of uncertainty

    11 August 2015

    With intense retail competition, pressure on margins and rising shopper expectations, it’s never been more important – or more challenging – to get forecasts right and deliver to plan. IGD surveyed the industry to find out how supply chains are adapting to deliver successful planning for their businesses.

  • Speaker Q&A: Tony Mitchell, Tesco

    14 July 2015

    Ahead of IGD’s Supply Chain Summit, we have been talking to some of the speakers to understand how they’ve reached the top of their profession and what hints and tips they have to succeed in today’s supply chain environment. First to provide his pearls of wisdom is Tony Mitchell, Supply Chain Operations...

  • Five takeaways from ECR Asia Pacific

    24 April 2015

    The great and the good of the retail and consumer goods industry gathered in Hong Kong for the 14th edition of the Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Asia Pacific Conference last month. IGD senior research manager, Shirley Zhu, went along to find out about key developments in the region

  • Industry collaborates on supply chain waste

    21 April 2015

    IGD’s collaborative Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) UK Initiative has eliminated 260,000 tonnes of product and packaging waste from the UK supply chain over the last five years.

  • Multichannel supply chains: an evolution not a revolution

    01 April 2015

    Shopper habits have changed drastically and they have changed fast. IGD’s Multichannel Supply Chain event explored how the ‘hot’ shopping channels are creating more challenges and opportunities for today’s food and grocery supply chain.

  • Is your supply chain missing out on multichannel opportunities?

    09 January 2015

    IGD’s latest channel forecasts show that in developed grocery markets, growth will no longer come from the big box hypermarkets, but from the new ‘hot’ channels of online, convenience and discount.

  • The secret to making your supply chain capability future proof

    12 January 2015

    As multichannel retailing becomes a route to growth for many businesses, building supply chain capability will inevitably be a focus for the most forward thinking suppliers.

  • Winning in supply chain's new world

    03 October 2014

    In this article we will explore some of the biggest challenges facing FMCG companies and how they are innovating to adapt their supply chains for this new world.

  • Improving product availability

    09 April 2014

    At IGD’s first ever product availability forum in March businesses discussed the growing importance of availability to their success and shared the journeys they have been on to improve it. Representatives from commercial and supply chain focussed on four key areas that are critical for success in product...

  • Trading partners cut waste together

    13 March 2014

    Asda Wal-Mart has invited 67 suppliers representing 84% of Asda’s in-the-bin waste to their first waste conference in April. IGD are supporting the event with input from the Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) workgroup which has been focused on cutting product and packaging waste between factory in-gate...

  • McCain and Tesco: improving communication to drive up service levels

    24 June 2013

  • Kimberly-Clark and Tesco: Sharing insight and working together to improve service

    24 April 2013

  • Sustainability driving efficiency in supply chains

    11 August 2011

    Laura John examines how Walmart, Carrefour and Tesco have implemented extensive supply chain enhancement programmes to improve profitability and achieve their sustainability goals.

Online guides and free downloads

  • Our charitable impact

    08 November 2013

    Whether it's clear labelling to help shoppers make healthy choices, new distribution methods to cut HGV miles, or many other areas, IGD brings people together to deliver genuine public benefit.

  • Waste Prevention

    08 November 2013

    Learn how to eliminate waste or redistribute surplus from your business with this free resource. Find out how to prevent waste, redistribute surplus food, and see how other companies are preventing waste.

  • Developing supply chain talent

    21 December 2012

    Start and develop your career in the food & grocery supply chain with this free online resource from ECR UK. Find out why you should choose the supply chain as a career, see key competencies for success and read case studies showing how companies are developing their supply chain people.

  • Supply Chain Waste Prevention Guide 2013 - from factory in-gate to till

    09 November 2012

    Learn how to prevent product and packaging waste between factory in-gate and till with this free online resource from ECR UK.

  • Availability 2005: closer to the shelf...

    31 October 2006

    A free guide from ECR UK showing how the UK Food & Grocery industry ensures products are available on the shelf. It includes detailed investigations into availability in the Convenience Sector, availability issues for New Product Introductions, and insight into shopper behaviour when confronted with...

  • Transport technology user guide & assessment tool

    02 November 2009

    Improve the use of technology within your supply chain with this free online resource from ECR UK. Measure your current logistics technology maturity, see how Asda, Sainsbury's, Pepsico and others use vehicle technology and discover the best solution for your business.

  • Promotional on-shelf availability: insight and best practice

    02 November 2010

    Improve the on-shelf availability of your promotions with this free online resource from ECR UK, featuring our top tips & best practice recommendations to improving promotional availability across the supply chain.

  • Optimising transport modes

    02 November 2010

    Explore the alternative transport modes available and reduce your road miles with this free online resource. It shows how retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers are using alternative modes and non-standard road vehicles and will help to identify the best solution for your business.

  • Optimising load fill: a best practice guide

    02 November 2009

    Increase your load fill and reduce costs with this free online resource. It will help you make your deliveries more efficient, show you best practice examples from across the industry, and guide you to the most appropriate load fill solution for your business.

  • Consolidated distribution

    01 November 2008

    Find the right consolidation solution for your business with this free online resource from ECR UK. It includes retailer and manufacturer case studies, an interactive map of consolidation sites and advice on the best consolidated distribution approach for your business.

Factsheets and case studies

  • The convenience supply chain conundrum

    16 February 2016

    In 2015 the Co-operative invited IGD to facilitate a supply chain project, bringing together a number of suppliers to reinvigorate the convenience store supply chain model. Find out more about the project and what was learnt in this case study by Business Analyst Laura John.

  • Key industry facts

    16 November 2015

    Here you will find key facts on the food and grocery industry.

  • Coca-Cola Enterprises: assessing the opportunity for redistribution

    01 October 2015

    Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) gathered data to evaluate the opportunity for redistributing excess or sub-standard product to charities and animal feed, rather than sending it to anaerobic digestion.

  • Coca-Cola Enterprises: assessing the opportunity for redistribution

    01 October 2015

    Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) gathered data to evaluate the opportunity for redistributing excess or sub-standard product to charities and animal feed, rather than sending it to anaerobic digestion.

  • Tackling shelf-friendly packaging in Australia

    14 August 2015

    In collaboration with the Australian Institute of Packaging, IGD helped train 90 packaging designers, technologists and engineers in the art of shelf friendly packaging (SFP) across two weeks last year.

  • Asda supply chain surplus food redistribution

    16 March 2015

    Asda worked to develop sustainable partnerships with key stakeholders, suppliers, FareShare and 3rd party carriers to redistribute surplus food occurring in their supply chain, and to prevent good food going to landfill.

  • Asda supply chain surplus food redistribution

    16 March 2015

    Asda worked to develop sustainable partnerships with key stakeholders, suppliers, FareShare and 3rd party carriers to redistribute surplus food occurring in their supply chain, and to prevent good food going to landfill.

  • Sell more and waste less bananas

    16 March 2015

    Read how Midlands Co-operative and importer and distributor of tropical produce, Fyffes saved 83 tonnes of product and packaging waste and 270 tonnes CO2 per year.

  • Sell more and waste less bananas

    16 March 2015

    Read how Midlands Co-operative and importer and distributor of tropical produce, Fyffes saved 83 tonnes of product and packaging waste and 270 tonnes CO2 per year.

  • Booker’s improvement to promotional forecasting on crisps, snacks and nuts

    04 November 2014

    By improving promotional forecasting on crisps, snacks and nuts, Booker achieved a reduction in wastage in trial branches. Find out how they did it here.

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