It’s not very often that a sourcing and procurement story will hit national headlines, but many of you will have read on Sunday the case of the 6-year old girl writing her charity Christmas cards from Tesco and discovering a note that was alleged to have said “Please Help Us.”
As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look back on all we have learned in the past 12 months.
When you see the statement “trading over… the Black Friday period was below expectations” you start to pay attention as a journalist in the world of logistics and supply chains. The words Black Friday are normally followed by “particularly busy” (John Lewis); “biggest ever” (Boots) or “record volumes” (DPD).
Last week I was lucky enough to visit DHL’s Innovation Centre near Bonn in Germany (it’s one if three sites it has globally, the other two being Chicago and Singapore). If you’re in any way remotely interested in logistics, then you could have a very pleasurable afternoon looking at what the future may hold.
Despite what looks like a denouement, the soap opera between Eddie Stobart Logistics and its potential suitors – Wincanton and DouglasBay Capital – could yet have major implications for UK supply chains…