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Best Practice Transport Benchmarking: Reducing your transport costs by up to 50% within 12 weeks

By Jonathan Kittow on 19/07/19 12:11 in Benchmarking

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Europe, Brexit Complexities and the Supply Chain: Suppliers Weigh In

By Jonathan Kittow on 28/01/19 15:59 in Customer Supply Group, Brexit 2019

 With Brexit uncertainties at an all-time high, it’s not surprising that the focus of the regular Customer Supply Group forum was on how well prepared companies are for Brexit. Following on from our previous blog post: How Your Peers and...

How Your Peers and Competitors are Preparing for a Hard Brexit

By Jonathan Kittow on 11/01/19 10:39 in Customer Supply Group, Brexit 2019

 Gaps, Uncertainties and Plans; with the likelihood of a Hard Brexit increasing as a possibility, we have no other option than to prepare for the implications on supply chains. 

Issues such as: increased requirements for customs declarations and...

Good Faith Receiving benefits ALL suppliers: workshop proves a resounding success

By Jonathan Kittow on 01/11/18 11:00 in Drop and Drive

Back in 2014 a group of 20 suppliers, led by Jonathan Kittow, came together to form a workgroup that bought the practice of ‘drop and drive’ to the attention of the GCA. Evidence from the workgroup showed participating suppliers were being...

Amazon sells over £1bn in 'grocery' products... but remains unaccountable to GSCOP

By Jonathan Kittow on 30/10/18 11:00 in Drop and Drive, Customer Supply Group

Letter to The Grocer, October 2018

Dear Sir

As reported last week in The Grocer ‘Women in Agribusiness Award’ the USA appear to have recognised Christine Tacon, The Grocery Code Adjudicator’s, impact on the UK Grocery retailers more fully than...

Waitrose to introduce GFR system to suppliers

By Jonathan Kittow on 08/10/18 14:15 in Drop and Drive

A recently published article by The Grocer perfectly sums up all the hard work that the Drop and Drive Workgroup has been doing on this issue. Plus such positive news that Waitrose are now also engaging with GFR. To read article, click here

Suppliers are seeing claims reduced by up to 90% after signing up to Good Faith Receiving

By Jonathan Kittow on 22/11/17 15:03 in Drop and Drive

At this year's GCA conference in June we heard promising reports on the steady progress being made on one of the key issues in the chilled supplier sector; delayed payments as a result of the practice by retailers called 'drop and drive'. 

Drop and Drive Hits The News Again - on Radio 5Live

By Jonathan Kittow on 12/04/17 12:42 in Drop and Drive

DROP AND DRIVE HITS THE NEWS AGAIN. THIS TIME ON RADIO

Following on from Christine Tacon’s interview on BBC Radio 5Live last week, I was invited by the station provide the context about Drop and Drive as an insider who has the seen challenges...

February 2016 Drop and Drive Claims Workgroup Update

By Jonathan Kittow on 01/03/16 18:06

 

During the 9th Drop and Drive claims workgroup meeting, participants detailed their progress thus far, with key retailers taking positive steps towards the implementation of Good Faith Receiving.

GCA Conference – Drop and Drive Claims Workgroup Update

By Jonathan Kittow on 23/06/15 16:25 in Drop and Drive

 

Christine Tacon delivered her annual review of the progress the GCA had made in the last 12 months. The key achievement being the agreement from 8 of the 10 retailers to restrict future forensic audits to a maximum of 2 prior years’ activity...