Supply Chain – Logistics Manager Magazine https://www.logisticsmanager.com Pan-sector news, insight and analysis for logistics practitioners and supply chain strategists Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:48:06 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 MPs to probe impact of global trade on the environment https://www.logisticsmanager.com/mps-to-probe-impact-of-global-trade-on-the-environment-2/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/mps-to-probe-impact-of-global-trade-on-the-environment-2/#respond Fri, 16 Aug 2019 08:48:06 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38735 MPs are to look at how the growth of international trade is affecting the environment – including the impact of transporting goods. The House of Commons International Trade Committee will examine how the government should address environmental issues in its trade and investment policy – including at the WTO and in future trade agreements. Committee […]

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MPs are to look at how the growth of international trade is affecting the environment – including the impact of transporting goods.

The House of Commons International Trade Committee will examine how the government should address environmental issues in its trade and investment policy – including at the WTO and in future trade agreements.

Committee chair Angus Brendan MacNeil said: “Increased levels of international trade can lead to negative environmental outcomes due the requirements of producing and transporting goods – which can be energy and resource intensive.

“Counter to this, however, is the argument that increased trade can boost a country’s economic growth and access to new technologies – and therefore its ability to manage environmental challenges.”

The committee wants to consider how the government can support positive environmental outcomes through trade policy – including the achievement of the internationally agreed climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement, and how the negative environmental impacts of trade can be mitigated.

The committee is inviting submissions on the following questions:

* What is the relationship between trade and investment liberalisation and environmental outcomes?

* How effectively do trade and investment agreements address environmental issues, including climate change?

* How does and should the Government approach issues of the environment and climate change in its trade and investment policy, and its work on export promotion?

* How might the Government seek to address environmental issues, including climate change as part of its trade policy post-Brexit?

* How can the imposition or reduction of tariffs on trade in goods be used to pursue environmental aims?

* How can coherence be ensured between trade and environmental policy across Whitehall?

The deadline for written submissions is Tuesday 1st October.

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MPs to probe impact of global trade on the environment https://www.logisticsmanager.com/mps-to-probe-impact-of-global-trade-on-the-environment/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/mps-to-probe-impact-of-global-trade-on-the-environment/#respond Thu, 15 Aug 2019 11:05:19 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38712 MPs are to look at how the growth of international trade is affecting the environment – including the impact of transporting goods. The House of Commons International Trade Committee will examine how the government should address environmental issues in its trade and investment policy – including at the WTO and in future trade agreements. Committee […]

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MPs are to look at how the growth of international trade is affecting the environment – including the impact of transporting goods.

The House of Commons International Trade Committee will examine how the government should address environmental issues in its trade and investment policy – including at the WTO and in future trade agreements.

Committee chair Angus Brendan MacNeil said: “Increased levels of international trade can lead to negative environmental outcomes due the requirements of producing and transporting goods – which can be energy and resource intensive.

“Counter to this, however, is the argument that increased trade can boost a country’s economic growth and access to new technologies – and therefore its ability to manage environmental challenges.”

The committee wants to consider how the government can support positive environmental outcomes through trade policy – including the achievement of the internationally agreed climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement, and how the negative environmental impacts of trade can be mitigated.

The committee is inviting submissions on the following questions:

* What is the relationship between trade and investment liberalisation and environmental outcomes?

* How effectively do trade and investment agreements address environmental issues, including climate change?

* How does and should the Government approach issues of the environment and climate change in its trade and investment policy, and its work on export promotion?

* How might the Government seek to address environmental issues, including climate change as part of its trade policy post-Brexit?

* How can the imposition or reduction of tariffs on trade in goods be used to pursue environmental aims?

* How can coherence be ensured between trade and environmental policy across Whitehall?

The deadline for written submissions is Tuesday 1st October.

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NHS renews Blood and Transplant vehicle contract https://www.logisticsmanager.com/nhs-renews-blood-and-transplant-vehicle-contract/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/nhs-renews-blood-and-transplant-vehicle-contract/#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:45:44 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38702 The NHS has renewed its contract with Fraikin for the management of 350 Blood and Transplant vehicles including emergency response cars, vans and 7.5 tonne reefers. The three year contract specifies some tough KPIs, including a minimum 98 per cent vehicle availability, a 100 per cent MOT pass rate and a first-fix rate for any […]

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The NHS has renewed its contract with Fraikin for the management of 350 Blood and Transplant vehicles including emergency response cars, vans and 7.5 tonne reefers.

The three year contract specifies some tough KPIs, including a minimum 98 per cent vehicle availability, a 100 per cent MOT pass rate and a first-fix rate for any breakdowns of 99 per cent.

Tom Hammond, national fleet services manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “The reliability and efficiency of our emergency vehicles is paramount to the service we provide; an unexpected breakdown can literally be the difference between life and death.

“The national reach of Fraikin’s mobile technician network ensures any unexpected issues we encounter are handled quickly and effectively, while the company’s ability to structure a bespoke maintenance plan to fit around our fleet, while also adhering to strict Key Performance Indicators, is first class – as it has been since 2002.

The maintenance schedule is managed by a team at Fraikin’s headquarters in Coventry, which also provides a 24/7 helpline for any immediate issues. The contract also includes relief vehicle cover from Fraikin’s rental fleet to replace any assets that are booked into the workshop.

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IGD predicts strong growth for convenience stores https://www.logisticsmanager.com/igd-predicts-strong-growth-for-convenience-stores/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/igd-predicts-strong-growth-for-convenience-stores/#respond Wed, 14 Aug 2019 08:48:10 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38695 The UK convenience market is set to grow by £6.9bn in the next five years, to reach £48.2bn by 2024, the IGD has forecast. Total convenience sales are expected to grow by 2.6 per cent in 2019, following 3.2 per cent growth last year. “This growth is being led by the co-operatives segment above all, […]

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The UK convenience market is set to grow by £6.9bn in the next five years, to reach £48.2bn by 2024, the IGD has forecast.

Total convenience sales are expected to grow by 2.6 per cent in 2019, following 3.2 per cent growth last year.

“This growth is being led by the co-operatives segment above all, driven not only by a focus on opening new stores, but also by outstanding like-for-like performance underpinned by strong private label development, better fresh and chilled ranges and more competitive value, said analyst Patrick Mitchell-Fox.

“While we expect relatively muted store development across the sector as a whole in the next two years, with the sector undergoing a period of consolidation, we forecast key segments – in particular co-operatives, multiples and symbols – to benefit from strong store growth again from 2021.”

The IGD identified three factors driving growth:

– Top-up shopping with retailers using shopper data to understand consumer needs better.

– Attracting new shoppers with retailers are looking to build new merchandising focuses into store layouts, with such things as coffee stations.

– Evolving the mission-based shop. While the lunchtime meal deal is a familiar and successful driver of food-to-go purchases, similar deals are taking a bigger role in how shoppers are using convenience stores, such as meal for tonight, the IGD said.

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Fix business rates, high street retailers tell chancellor https://www.logisticsmanager.com/fix-business-rates-high-street-retailers-tell-chancellor/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/fix-business-rates-high-street-retailers-tell-chancellor/#respond Tue, 13 Aug 2019 08:36:40 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38597 More than fifty major retailers have called on chancellor Sajid Javid to reduce the burden of business rates on high street stores which are struggling to compete with online specialists such as Amazon. In a letter to Javid co-ordinated by the British Retail Consortium, they point out that retailers account for five per cent of […]

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More than fifty major retailers have called on chancellor Sajid Javid to reduce the burden of business rates on high street stores which are struggling to compete with online specialists such as Amazon.

In a letter to Javid co-ordinated by the British Retail Consortium, they point out that retailers account for five per cent of the economy but pay 25 per cent of all business rates.

They are calling for four fixes that would address many of the challenges posed by business rates:

– A freeze in the business rates multiplier;

– Fixing transitional relief, which currently forces many retailers to pay more than they should;

– Introducing an ‘Improvement Relief’ for ratepayers;

– Ensuring that the Valuation Office Agency is fully resourced to do its job.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “These four fixes would be an important step to reform the broken business rates system which holds back investment, threatens jobs and harms our high streets.

The latest BRC-Springboard study showed that UK Vacancy figures had risen to 10.3 per cent, the highest since January 2015. It also comes shortly after the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor showed the 12-month average sales figures dropped to their lowest level on record, at 0.5 per cent.

Richard Walker, joint managing director of Iceland Foods, said: “Business rates are an out-dated Victorian taxation system that have little relevance to our modern multi-channel retail economy. Fundamental reform of the system is the only way we will stem the decline of high street communities up and down the country.”

And Clive Lewis, chairman of River Island, said: “We welcome the BRC proposals which offer short term solutions that can introduced quickly and will have immediate benefits to the struggling retail sector. In particular, the removal of downwards transition will allow all retail businesses to pay a tax which more accurately reflects the value of their properties. The burden that rates places on all High Street businesses not only stifles growth but is a major contributor to the closure of stores and the resulting decline in towns across the country.”

Signatures include: British Retail Consortium, Ann Summers, ASDA, B&Q, BIRA, Booksellers Association, Boots UK, Card Factory, Carpetright, Central England Co-operative, Company Shop Group, Costcutter, Debenhams, Deichmann Shoes, DFS, Dixons Carphone, Dreams, F Hinds, Fenwick, Greggs, Harrods, Henderson Group, Iceland, John Lewis Partnership, Marks & Spencer, McKesson UK, New Look, Pret A Manger, Primark, Retra, Rigby & Peller, River Island, Sainsbury’s, Savers Health Home & beauty, Scottish Midland Co-operative Society, Screwfix, Spar UK, Specsavers, Steinhoff UK, Superdrug Stores, The Association of Convenience Stores, The Body Shop International, The Co-operative Group, The Hamleys Group, The Original factory Shop, The Paint Shed, The Perfume Shop, Whittard of Chelsea, WH Smith, Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Well Pharmacy.

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Dounreay plans supply chain event https://www.logisticsmanager.com/dounreay-plans-supply-chain-event/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/dounreay-plans-supply-chain-event/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 10:15:53 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38592 Dounreay and its partners are holding a supply chain event for companies to find out more about the site’s recently awarded Decommissioning Services Framework. The event will be held on 5th September in Wick, Caithness. Six framework contracts were awarded to organisations earlier this year to deliver a number of construction, demolition and engineering projects. […]

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Dounreay and its partners are holding a supply chain event for companies to find out more about the site’s recently awarded Decommissioning Services Framework.

The event will be held on 5th September in Wick, Caithness.

Six framework contracts were awarded to organisations earlier this year to deliver a number of construction, demolition and engineering projects.

The plan is to retrieve historic wastes from the site’s shaft, silo and low level waste pits, repackage them and and consign them to modern waste facilities.

The framework contracts, worth up to £400 million, are due to last up to four years with the possibility of extensions up to an additional three years.

Head of commercial services Jane MacKenzie said: “Dounreay is jointly hosting this event with all of the companies that have been appointed a Decommissioning Services Framework contract. This is an opportunity to find out more about the type of projects we expect to deliver and discuss opportunities for other businesses to get involved and support them.

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IBM launches blockchain for supplier networks https://www.logisticsmanager.com/ibm-launches-blockchain-for-supplier-networks/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/ibm-launches-blockchain-for-supplier-networks/#respond Mon, 12 Aug 2019 09:18:44 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38580 IBM and Chainyard have launched a blockchain network, Trust Your Supplier, designed to improve supplier qualification, validation, on-boarding and life cycle information management. Founding participants are: Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, Nokia, Schneider Electric and Vodafone. The aim is to eliminate manual processes, which make it difficult to verify identities and track documents like ISO […]

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IBM and Chainyard have launched a blockchain network, Trust Your Supplier, designed to improve supplier qualification, validation, on-boarding and life cycle information management.

Founding participants are: Anheuser-Busch InBev, Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, Lenovo, Nokia, Schneider Electric and Vodafone.

The aim is to eliminate manual processes, which make it difficult to verify identities and track documents like ISO certifications, bank account information, tax certifications, and certificates of insurance throughout the lifecycle of a supplier.

Instead, Trust Your Supplier, uses a decentralised approach and an immutable audit trail built on blockchain, to eliminate manual processes and help reduce the risk of fraud and errors, creating frictionless connectivity across supply chains.

Trust Your Supplier creates a digital passport for supplier identity on the blockchain network that allows suppliers to share information with any permissioned buyer on the network. Blockchain ensures a permissioned based data sharing network. This should help reduce the time and cost associated with qualifying, validating and managing new suppliers while creating new business opportunities among suppliers and buyers. Third-party validators, such as Dun & Bradstreet, Ecovadis and RapidRatings provide outside verification or audit capabilities directly on the network.

IBM has more than 18,500 suppliers around the world and will begin using the Trust Your Supplier network initially on-boarding 4,000 of its own North American suppliers over the next few months. IBM Procurement projects a 70 to 80 per cent reduction in the cycle time to on-board new suppliers, with a potential 50 per cent reduction in administrative costs within its own business.

The Trust Your Supplier network is currently in limited availability with existing participants with plans for commercial availability later in Quarter 3 of 2019. TYS is built on the IBM Blockchain Platform hosted on the IBM Cloud.

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Adidas profits rise despite supply chain shortages https://www.logisticsmanager.com/adidas-profits-rise-despite-supply-chain-shortages/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/adidas-profits-rise-despite-supply-chain-shortages/#respond Thu, 08 Aug 2019 13:28:45 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38564 Supply chain shortages in North America have done little to dent sales growth at adidas in the first half. Overall group revenue for the first half rose five per cent to €11.4 billion while operating profit was up 13 per cent to €1.5bn. In March, the company warned that it would not be able to […]

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Supply chain shortages in North America have done little to dent sales growth at adidas in the first half. Overall group revenue for the first half rose five per cent to €11.4 billion while operating profit was up 13 per cent to €1.5bn.

In March, the company warned that it would not be able to meet growing demand in the mid-priced market fully because of supply chain shortages.

In its first half results, it said gross margin in North America decreased 0.5 percentage points to 38.8 per cent. “Higher air freight costs to mitigate the supply chain shortages and an unfavourable pricing mix were partly offset by the positive effects from lower sourcing costs as well as a better product and channel mix.”

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4,500 jobs go in Tesco plan to simplify Metro store processes https://www.logisticsmanager.com/4500-jobs-go-in-tesco-plan-to-simplify-metro-store-processes/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/4500-jobs-go-in-tesco-plan-to-simplify-metro-store-processes/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2019 08:57:54 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38510 Tesco is simplifying operational processes at its 153 Metro stores to provide faster and simpler ways of filling shelves, with fewer products stored in back rooms and more stock going straight to the shop floor. It expects the changes to result in a reduction of 4,500 staff. There will also be some localised changes in […]

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Tesco is simplifying operational processes at its 153 Metro stores to provide faster and simpler ways of filling shelves, with fewer products stored in back rooms and more stock going straight to the shop floor.

It expects the changes to result in a reduction of 4,500 staff.

There will also be some localised changes in some large stores to streamline operational routines, including processes for moving stock around the store and filling shelves.

Jason Tarry, UK & ROI chief executive, said: “In a challenging, evolving retail environment, with increasing cost pressures, we have to continue to review the way we run our stores to ensure we reflect the way our customers are shopping and do so in the most efficient way.

Tesco said the Metro store format was originally designed for larger, weekly shops, but today nearly 70 per cent of customers use them as convenience stores, buying food for that day.

As well as the changes to the way it manages stock in the stores, Tesco is planning more flexible working for staff and a leaner management structure.

“We do not take any decision which impacts colleagues lightly, but have to make sure we remain relevant for customers and operate a sustainable business now and in the future,” said Tarry.

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Consumers want more specialist food shops https://www.logisticsmanager.com/consumers-want-more-specialist-food-shops/ https://www.logisticsmanager.com/consumers-want-more-specialist-food-shops/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 10:25:54 +0000 https://www.logisticsmanager.com/?p=38492 Consumers was more specialist food shops in their local area, and fewer betting shops, according to research by the Association of Convenience Stores. Top of the list of services that people want more of are specialist food shops (1st) and banks (2nd). Rising rents, the cost of business rates, and cuts in interchange fees for […]

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Consumers was more specialist food shops in their local area, and fewer betting shops, according to research by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Top of the list of services that people want more of are specialist food shops (1st) and banks (2nd). Rising rents, the cost of business rates, and cuts in interchange fees for ATMs have led to widespread closures of bank branches amid a continued decline of dedicated butchers, bakeries and other food stores.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Convenience stores have spent £633m over the last year investing in their businesses, with much of that work going toward bringing more and more services into their stores, from Post Office counters, to banking services, pharmacy counters and even bakeries and butchers within the shop. However, retailers are faced with the prospect of higher business rates whenever they improve their stores which can have a significant impact. Business rates need to incentivise investment, otherwise communities could face losing essential local services altogether.”

Consumers want more:
1st: Specialist food shops
2nd: Banks
3rd: Non food stores
4th: Post Offices
5th: Restaurants
6th: Pharmacies
7th: Convenience stores
8th: Petrol stations
9th: Coffee shops / cafes
10th: Pubs/ bars

Consumers want fewer:
1st: Betting shops
2nd: Pawnbrokers
3rd: Fast food shops / takeaways
4th: Charity shops

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