Christine Tacon, Groceries Code Adjudicator shared the highlights of her latest survey

Posted by Jonathan Kittow on 01/06/20 14:25

As we enter our 9th week of lockdown some suppliers are gradually reducing the rationalisation of their ranges, while those on the core growth categories (those that feature heavily in cooking, snacking and home baking) are still fully rationalised due to the continued high volumes, although demand is generally starting to settle down.

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Topics: supply chain, "coronovirus"

Conflicting signals as large retailers demand greater visibility of supply

Posted by Jonathan Kittow on 20/05/20 12:35

Large retailers demand greater visibility of supply but still struggle to understand their own changing demand requirements, as the new normal begins to stabilise

Thank you to Andy Coe from Retail Insight UK who joined us for the 5th virtual covid19 collaboration group meeting last week to provide his personal insights on how retailers are reacting to the pandemic.

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Topics: supply chain, "coronovirus"

Promotions continue to disrupt a return to balanced supply for key Ambient categories

Posted by Jonathan Kittow on 10/05/20 12:29

Thank you to all those suppliers who contributed again this week as we start to progress from crisis to planning to establish the rules of the new norm. Supplier stocks situation are beginning to recover for many lines. However, with ‘The Big Trolley Shop’ returning and near-doubled on-line shopping from store, promotions on the key growth categories are simply encouraging cupboard-stocking on the products and brands on offer, which are already selling 20-30% more than normal.

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Topics: supply chain, "coronovirus"

Chilled sector starting to stabilise whilst Ambient still seeing greater volatility

Posted by Jonathan Kittow on 03/05/20 11:13

Thank you for the continued support this week and welcome PepsiCo, LRS and Oatly to the group. Chilled suppliers reported that they are seeing some demand stabilisation on the key volume lines, although volumes are still higher than previous. Retailers are actively collaborating on forecasts and resuming planning routines for promotions and range reviews.

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Topics: supply chain, "coronovirus"

Suppliers donating to NHS charities to keep spirits up during Covid-19

Posted by Jonathan Kittow on 30/04/20 16:18

We are all aware of the intensely critical role our NHS and frontline workers are playing during this period of uncertainty and at this week’s virtual meeting, one supplier reported on how they are trying to help support our care workers to help keep spirits up.

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Topics: supply chain, "coronovirus"

Wellbeing as important as physical logistic efficiencies for suppliers

Posted by Jonathan Kittow on 26/04/20 17:19

A further 10 suppliers joined our regular contributors this week where our discussions embraced the issues surrounding employee wellbeing as well as the usual supply and demand challenges.

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Topics: supply chain, "coronovirus", "customer demand"

How are grocery suppliers faring as consumers settle into a ‘new normal’?

Posted by Jonathan Kittow on 17/04/20 18:50

With panic buying over and availability much improved, the grocery sector is starting to settle into a ‘new normal’ with social distancing smoothing shopping patterns through the day and week, and promoting top-up rather than big trolley shops.

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Topics: supply chain, "coronovirus", "customer demand"

Suppliers collaborating to ensure best practice during Covid-19

Posted by Jonathan Kittow on 08/04/20 16:38

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic Simply Supply Chain have organised virtual weekly supplier meetings to enable fellow Chilled and Ambient suppliers to share their challenges, frustrations, opportunities and successes with like-minded peers, to develop and share best-practice and understand common practice on the issues arising from managing the impact of COVID-19, within the supply chain (Customer Fulfillment). 

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Topics: supply chain, "coronovirus", "customer demand"

Retailers working together to save smaller suppliers and manage demand

Posted by Jonathan Kittow on 26/03/20 17:12

Cash is king, especially for small suppliers during this current coronavirus crisis. Retailers are swimming in cash as a result of the massive increase in sales due to the outbreak. Fueled by panic-buying, and with the £3bn rate holiday to come, they can afford and need to be generous to the smallest suppliers, who are the most vulnerable during any extended period of uncertainty.

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Topics: supply chain, "coronovirus", "customer demand", "small suppliers