• Winning the logistics price war

    Winning the logistics price war

    Siamac Rezaiezadeh outlines the ways technology can be used by logistics firms to cut costs and improve margins Third party logistics providers are a crucial link in the supply chain – connecting the areas of production and retail and encompassing a number of services such as storage, transport and value-added services. In the past, many

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  • Optimising the supply chain

    Optimising the supply chain

    Duco Buijze examines how third party logistics providers have responded to the need for ultra-efficient supply chains. Third party logistics providers are a crucial link in the supply chain – connecting the areas of production and retail and encompassing a number of services such as storage, transport and value-added services. In the past, many of

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  • Gaining by gamification

    Gaining by gamification

    Marko Luhtala explains why interactive retail experiences should not be reserved for bricks-and-mortar stores. We all know how important the customer experience is. It’s what drives loyalty and sales, and ultimately gives businesses a way to avoid a race to the bottom on price. In the retail environment, the customer experience is typically all about

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  • Retailers Must Harness Sales ‘Genie’

    Retailers Must Harness Sales ‘Genie’

    Dick Stead, Executive Chairman at Yodel, explains why he believes the home delivery industry needs to change. The retail industry has some strategic decisions to make if it is to avoid a repeat of the delivery chaos caused by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Customers deserve choice. If they want to pay for a same

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  • The Last Word

    The Last Word

    Phil Roe discusses how collaborating with your competition can get you further …     Can competitors ever be collaborators? Traditionally, the idea of working with the competition has been treated with extreme caution as businesses fear giving away competitive advantage. However, working with ‘frenemies’ can help businesses achieve economic and environmental efficiencies. There is increasing

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  • From the consumer…

    From the consumer…

    Danielle Pinnington believes we should share the passion shown by dairy farmers   With the UK dairy farming community battling against supermarket buy-in cuts, could more be done to make milk consumers buy British? T his week I was lucky enough to be presenting a paper at the 25th Semex Dairy Conference just as news of

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  • The real green formula

    The real green formula

    Simon Ellis highlights the success of FMCG brands who are ‘going green’ the right way.   Our new columnist, Simon Ellis, has worked in the FMCG industry for 24 years at Rockline, currently as VP of ECMS. He has helped many global brands deliver hygienic solutions to their consumers. Working at the forefront of FMCG

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  • Wake up to automation

    Wake up to automation

    Dennis Allison on backing British growth and why it pays for UK food producers to automate   The UK manufacturing sector may be on track with automation but when it comes to the packing side, we lag behind many of our European counterparts. To keep up with competitors overseas, and ensure we don’t miss critical

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  • From the consumer…

    From the consumer…

    Danielle Pinnington asks in this issue: What are you selling?     The recent controversy over how some New Zealand lamb has been slaughtered reminded me of the reactions of some focus group respondents to the horse-gate scandal – “It’s not that I’m against eating horsemeat – I just want to know that is what

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