1. Articles in category: Retail & CPG/FMCG

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    1. Retailers are giving procurement a bad name

      Explore Supply Chain Standard (Mar 10 2015)

      Retailers are giving procurement a bad name

      It’s not that unusual to hear stories about how some big retailers treat their suppliers – but it is unusual for a professional institute to come out and say this.

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      Mentions:   Tesco   David Noble

    2. Radical economic transformation

      Explore SA News (Mar 9 2015)

      Radical economic transformation

      When President Jacob Zuma addressed the inaugural meeting of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Council (B-BBEE Council) this week, he put emphasis on the urgency of implementing our economic policies so as to effectively transform its structure and that it reflects the country’s demographic.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Jacob Zuma   Pick n Pay

    3. Five things FMCG companies want from a strategic supplier relationship

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Mar 5 2015)

      Increasingly, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands see their suppliers not simply as vendors but as key assets in realising their business strategy. However, measuring the value of this strategic supplier relationship is difficult as so many of the benefits are often intangible. Nevertheless, these are the key factors that all stack up to build return on investment (ROI) into your strategic supplier relationship: 1.

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      Mentions:   Unilever

    4. Grocery regulator launches inquiry into Tesco's treatment of suppliers

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Feb 5 2015)

      Grocery regulator launches inquiry into Tesco's treatment of suppliers

      Groceries Code Adjudicator Christine Tacon has launched her first investigation into the treatment of suppliers by a retailer. The supermarket watchdog has launched an investigation into Tesco's treatment of suppliers. Christine Tacon said she had “formed a reasonable suspicion” that Tesco had breached the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) after “considering information submitted to her relating to practices associated with the profit over-statement announced by the retailer in September 2014”.

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      Mentions:   Tesco

    5. McDonald’s and the Challenges of a Modern Supply Chain

      Explore Harvard Business Review (Feb 3 2015)

      McDonald’s and the Challenges of a Modern Supply Chain

      Recently, McDonald’s, the world’s iconic largest food service provider, has been (forgive the cliché) through the grinder. Poor performance has led to the departure of its CEO and plenty of critical attention in the business pages. Part of this story relates to the provenance, or origins, of its products: Chains that provide more upmarket “fast casual” dining such as Panera, Chipotle, and Steak Shack have brands that speak of freshness, health, and trustworthy sourcing.

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      Mentions:   California

    6. Five ways pitching out creative briefs will kill your brand

      Explore Marketing and Media in South Africa (Jan 26 2015)

      Over the past few years, we have witnessed an ever-growing trend, in which large FMCG brands attempt to generate savings through aggressive procurement policies. In the marketing industry, this means 'pitching out' design projects to as many agencies as possible.

      This may seem sensible when dealing with an apples-for-apples comparison of hardware, or a measurable service, but there are a number of good reasons why pitching out creative design will eventually destroy your brand.

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    7. Tiger Brands learns from mistakes in Nigeria

      Explore BDlive (Dec 7 2014)

      Tiger Brands learns from mistakes in Nigeria

      Acquisition of Dangote Flour Mills hits group’s earnings, heightening ‘desire to make sure we don’t drop catches’, says CEO Peter Matlare. 

      Mr Matlare concedes that Tiger got it wrong when it came to assessing the competition in Nigeria as well as the country’s "commercial architecture" — or ways of doing business.

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      Mentions:   Africa   Nigeria   Kenya

    8. Sustainability a Mainstream Issue in the Restaurant Industry

      Explore PR Newswire (Nov 25 2014)

      Sustainability in the restaurant world typically concerned how takeout and delivery options might cause recycling issues at home for consumers. However these days sustainability increasingly encompasses the food actually featured in establishment's menu just as much as it concerns what eco-friendly material the menus might be printed on. 

      Forward-thinking restaurant operators are more frequently utilizing marketing strategies that incorporate health, safety and environmental concerns.

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      Mentions:   Google

    9. Pioneer aiming to sell Pepsi bottling plants

      Explore BDlive (Nov 25 2014)

      Pioneer aiming to sell Pepsi bottling plants

      PIONEER Food Group will try to sell its Pepsi bottling plants if they cannot be used elsewhere in the group, CEO Phil Roux said on Monday after Pioneer announced that it would stop producing Pepsi by the middle of next year.

      Pioneer impaired its Pepsi bottling business by R34m in its year to end-September, after incurring further losses from the unit as a result of insufficient volumes.

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      Mentions:   PepsiCo   Unilever

    10. Sustainability network aims to help Tesco suppliers collaborate

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 24 2014)

      Sustainability network aims to help Tesco suppliers collaborate

      From January 2015, a single online sustainability community will bring together existing supplier networks with the Tesco Producer Network, which serves fresh food producers and the Tesco Knowledge Hub, which serves branded manufacturing and processing suppliers.

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      Mentions:   Tesco

    11. Buying patterns of fresh produce suggest ‘local is still lekker’

      Explore BDlive (Nov 19 2014)

      Buying patterns of fresh produce suggest ‘local is still lekker’

      EACH year Pick n Pay procures about R40bn of fresh-food products from South African suppliers, David North, the group executive of strategy and corporate affairs at the retailer, said on Wednesday.

      Retailers are constantly striving for balance between having world-class global offerings without compromising local procurement responsibilities. Like consumers elsewhere in the world, South African customers prefer to buy a food product if it is produced locally.

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      Mentions:   Tesco   Pick n Pay

    12. 'Physical internet' would improve supply chain efficiency, says P&G

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Nov 14 2014)

      'Physical internet' would improve supply chain efficiency, says P&G

      Supply chain professionals are "masters of the universe" because of the growing importance of their role in firms, says Huw Waters, supply chain director at Procter & Gamble. 

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    13. Manufacturing business lifts Famous Brands

      Explore BDlive (Oct 27 2014)

      FAMOUS Brands has delivered an 18% rise in headline earnings per share to (HEPS) 212c in the six months to August, boosted mainly by its logistics and manufacturing operations and improved efficiencies.

      The fast food group said on Monday that revenue was up 14% to R1.57bn from the year-earlier period, with operating profit up 19% to R303m.

      The company said while the front-end franchised operation delivered a satisfactory performance — reflecting reduced consumer spend across certain mainstream brands — the back-end logistics and manufacturing businesses made a significant contribution to the group’s overall results

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    14. Huge opportunity for transport firms in FMCG industry

      Explore fin24.com (Oct 1 2014)

      Huge opportunity for transport firms in FMCG industry

      There is a massive opportunity in South Africa for logistical and transport companies dealing with fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), according to Nicholas de Canha, CEO of Imperial Fleet Management.

      “The transportation of fast moving consumer goods has experienced a significant growth of late in South Africa and Africa."

      In South Africa, for instance, imports of containers into Durban ports increased by 5% in 2013. Most of the imports into Gauteng are consumer goods.

      "While a fair amount of investment is being made by various stakeholders to upgrade the country’s rail networks to be sufficient to meet future demand,

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   China

    15. Competition Commission finds no evidence of anticompetitive behaviour in ARV product market

      Explore BDlive (Sep 16 2014)

      Competition Commission finds no evidence of anticompetitive behaviour in ARV product market

      Commission finds no evidence of anticompetitive conduct from exclusive supply agreements between Aspen Pharmacare, Mylan Inc and its affiliates

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    16. Five immediate steps to decrease risk in the food supply chain

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Sep 3 2014)

      Five immediate steps to decrease risk in the food supply chain

      Professor Chris Elliott’s long-awaited review of the food industry, which was commissioned in the wake of the horse meat scandal, is expected to be published imminently. Based on the review’s interim findings published last December, Elliott is likely to recommend the introduction of a new requirement for all parties operating or managing the food chain to put consumers’ interests first over all other aims and for laboratory services to use standardised, validated methodologies for inspecting food. Having previously warned that the sector is a “soft touch for criminals,” the review is also expected to call for the creation ...

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    17. Protests against Woolworths Israeli trade

      Explore fin24.com (Sep 1 2014)

      Protests against Woolworths Israeli trade

      Public benefit organisation Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in South Africa (BDS SA) on Monday vowed to step up its protest action against Woolworth for "refusing to resolve the issue of the company trading with Israel".

      This comment by BDS SA's Kwara Kekana follows protest action on Saturday, which led to the temporary closure of the  Woolworths store in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The protest there included a flash mob outside the store and the distribution of pamphlets on why shoppers should boycott Woolworths.

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      Mentions:   South Africa   Johannesburg   Pick n Pay

    18. Nestlé links with NGO to tighten standards of animal welfare in supply chain

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Aug 26 2014)

      Nestlé has pledged to improve the welfare of animals in its supply chain by signing up to an agreement with non-governmental organisation (NGO) World Animal Protection.

      It means that the hundreds of thousands of farms that supply Nestlé with its dairy, meat, poultry and eggs will have to comply with tighter animal welfare standards. Nestlé said it is the first major food company to form an international partnership with an animal welfare NGO.

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    19. Distell earmarks R500m for its foray into the rest of Africa

      Explore BDlive (Aug 26 2014)

      Distell earmarks R500m for its foray into the rest of Africa

      DISTELL Group has earmarked more than R500m for investments into various African countries and it will partly fund the war chest through a cost saving and supply chain efficiency programme, the liquor group said on Monday.

      Meanwhile, it announced that group revenue from Africa outside South Africa grew 20% in its year to June, helping overall revenue rise 12.8% to R17.7bn.

      The weaker rand and the first full contribution from Scotch whisky business Burn Stewart Distillers, bought last year, also boosted revenue.

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Nigeria

    20. The Customer-Centric Supply Chain

      Explore Supply Chain Management Review (Jul 16 2014)

      The Customer-Centric Supply Chain

      The old assumptions driving supply chain design and strategy were focused on achieving the lowest possible cost of goods and the most efficient distribution to stores. Today, a new model is emerging, not driven by enterprise technology or supply chain innovations - but by customers. In the omnichannel retail world, almost every single store-driven assumption about supply chain is being challenged and getting replaced by a digital-driven future.

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    21. Happy 40th birthday to the barcode - but is it time for a change?

      Explore supplymanagement.com (Jul 15 2014)

      Happy 40th birthday to the barcode - but is it time for a change?

      On 26 June 1974 - just over 40 years ago - a pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum became the first item to be scanned at a supermarket checkout, a year after the retail industry adopted the GS1 barcode as a unified standard for identifying and tracking products. Today, barcodes are still an integral retail technology and part of the high street experience.

      According to GS1, the not-for-profit organisation that monitors demand chain standards, the barcode has created huge efficiencies in the supply chain, enabling 21 per cent shorter lead times for warehouse operators, 42 per cent lower costs for ...

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    22. Truworths ‘committed to Nigeria despite challenges’

      Explore BDlive (Jun 27 2014)

      Truworths ‘committed to Nigeria despite challenges’

      CLOTHING chain Truworths International said it is committed to Nigeria and will not follow Woolworths out of Africa’s most populous nation.

      The growth potential of the continent’s biggest economy outweighed high rental costs and difficulties in obtaining supplies, CEO Michael Mark said at the company’s headquarters in Cape Town on Thursday. "We were making losses, but I don’t think we will in the future."

      He said that the retailer planned to reduce the size of its four stores in Nigeria to cut costs and will also reconsider the type of clothes for sale to appeal more ...

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      Mentions:   Africa   South Africa   Nigeria

    23. Woolworths offers R4bn carrot for David Jones

      Explore BDlive (Jun 25 2014)

      Woolworths offers R4bn carrot for David Jones

      WOOLWORTHS Holdings has dangled a R4bn carrot to entice billionaire investor Solomon Lew to support its proposed R23bn acquisition of Australian retailer David Jones.

      On Tuesday Woolworths offered to pay A$17 ($15.95) a share for the Country Road stock it does not already own in a last-ditch bid to rescue its audacious move to buy the struggling department store chain, David Jones. Woolworths owns 88% of Australian Country Road.

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      Mentions:   Australia

    24. Walmart puts faith in SA's future

      Explore BDlive (Jun 22 2014)

      Walmart puts faith in SA's future

      SPENDING a week recently in the US city of Bentonville, Arkansas, to attend Walmart’s shareholders’ meetings, underscored why the company’s investment in South Africa three years ago when it bought a majority stake in Massmart (which I now chair) was a resounding vote of confidence in South Africa that ought to be leveraged to the maximum.

      To give a sense of what the investment meant, consider that Walmart is the largest single company on the planet.

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      Mentions:   Walmart   Africa   Japan

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