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Supply chain digitalisation is everywhere. It’s changing the whole landscape, from demand-side process patterns and how people order, through to 24/7 requirements and expectations, and increasing demand volatility. Furthermore, this has had a dramatic impact on supply processes, which ...

The omni-channel journey

What should businesses focus on in their online evolution?   The retail landscape in Australia is changing, and many companies are struggling with poorly performing supply chains as the need to provide an omni-channel service via online, click and collect and retail stretches ...

Retailers need to deliver the goods this Black Friday

Black Friday should not just be an opportunity for retailers to follow the herd – instead, they should develop their own marketing and pricing strategies focusing on delivery practises. The UK version of Black Friday does not have a Thanksgiving holiday to anchor the period allowing ...

Crimson & Co shortlisted for the Supply Chain Excellence Awards

Crimson & Co are pleased to announce that we were shortlisted for the prestigious Supply Chain Strategy and Design award at the 21st Supply Chain Excellence Awards ceremony last night for our work with energy provider Drax. The 2017 Supply Chain Excellence Awards took place at the ...

New research reveals that businesses aren’t ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution

New research conducted by Crimson & Co, in collaboration with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) and Pinsent Masons, has revealed that despite senior leadership teams championing their preparedness for Industry 4, fundamental principles and practices, including business strategy, ...

Retailers need to be smarter to avoid seeing red during Black Friday

With Black Friday on the horizon, retailers need to add this to their calendars to ensure they make the most of what is now the biggest sales period of the year. Black Friday is a relatively recent import to the UK, so is inextricably linked to the rise of online shopping. In the ...

Major retail investment in Brazil is enhancing supply chain optimisation

Supply chain operations in Brazil, which have felt the impact of the major political and economic turmoil in the country, could start to see significant improvements over the next few years, largely due to the relatively recent arrivals of major retailers, such as Amazon. This is ...

Tesco chicken salad recall reinforces the need to continually review food safety practices amongst supply chains

The emergency recalling of two popular, Tesco chicken salads due to the presence of the germ campylobacter, reinforces the need for retailers to look beyond their own organisations and work with suppliers to eradicate the bacteria from within its supply chains. This is according to ...

UK businesses should trust local sourcing to combat political unrest

Following the chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes’, keynote calling for the government to negotiate a Brexit deal to avoid the British automotive industry collapsing, supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co states that businesses should ...

As Brexit begins to bite with lost profit at Premier Foods, organisations should take action in their supply chain to mitigate damage

Premier Foods, the owner of several of the nation’s beloved food brands including Mr Kipling, Batchelor’s, and Oxo, announced this week that its full-year trading profit dropped 9.3 per cent, from £129.1 million the year before to £117 million, whilst sales fell 1.4 per cent  to ...

Grocer 33 reveals the secret to supermarkets’ recovery

The recent revival among the traditional supermarkets has been rooted in major improvements in service and availability, The Grocer can reveal. Data from our weekly Grocer 33 mystery shopping survey for 2016 reveal that the top five supermarkets all improved their in-store ...

Drax enlists the support of Crimson & Co to help revolutionise its planning processes

Drax enlists the support of Crimson & Co to help revolutionise its planning processes..

Amazon’s disruption of the grocery, food delivery and home-care industry could spark unlikely alliances

Amazon’s recent advances into the homecare and food delivery market, following the much vaunted expansion of its pre-existing delivery deal with Morrisons, the rumoured launch of a new housekeeping service, as well as Amazon Restaurants and Amazon Fresh services, could result in ...

Down-under companies use expertise from Europe and US to build supply chain excellence

The globalisation of Australia’s retail industry, particularly amongst its supermarket chains is forcing firms to rethink how they manage their supply chain processes. Frans Verheij, director at global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co, suggests this is increasing demand for ...

Crimson & Co strengthen drinks practice with the appointment of Simon Williams

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Williams. He joins as a Principal to advise senior teams across Crimson & Co’s global client base, primarily in the drinks sector. Simon has over twenty-five years’ experience across the supply chain. During his ...

Tesco/Unilever dispute outlines the post-Brexit landscape for retailers and consumers

The Tesco/Unilever price dispute is arguably the first real example of uncertainty to hit UK consumers post-Brexit..

Amazon drone delivery will be winging its way to you soon… but it still faces limitations

Amazon’s announcement that it is working with the British government to test deliveries via drones represents the beginning of an exciting new era for the way people receive goods, but ultimately it won’t revolutionise the retail industry just yet. This is according to Nick Miller, ...

Mars recall demonstrates the importance of not sugar-coating the facts when it comes to ensuring an effective supply chain

Mars’ recent product recall should serve as a wake-up call to the dangers of not being able to trace your products within your supply chain. According to Nick Miller, head of FMCG, at supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co, while effective processes are likely to be in place when it ...

Retailers need to be savvier and smarter to avoid feeling blue during Black Friday

Black Friday should not just be an opportunity for retailers to follow the herd – instead, they should develop their own marketing and pricing strategies. Doing this, combined with inventive delivery practices, will allow them optimise their sales and margins over the whole Christmas ...

VW crisis presents the opportunity to drive positive changes for the automotive industry, states Crimson & Co

The Volkswagen emissions data crisis presents a real chance to bring about positive changes to the automotive industry, with significant, long-term opportunities for automotive suppliers resulting from a heightened demand from carmakers to achieve strict emissions targets, according ...

Will Amazon Fresh mean supermarket delivery services shake-up?

Amazon’s introduction of its ‘Amazon Fresh’ service in the UK could prove to be the catalyst which forces the leading supermarket retailers to re-evaluate their delivery strategies, says Nick Miller, Head of FMCG at Crimson & Co. Amazon has quietly started to offer around 50 ...

Bromley Healthcare recruits Crimson & Co to help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions by enhancing efficiency

Community healthcare provider Bromley Healthcare has today announced it has recruited global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co to undertake a full review of processes in order to drive greater efficiencies in its intensive at-home clinical service, the medical response team ...

Managing complexity in the supply chain – The Drinks Business

It is very easy to over-complicate things. When it comes to the complexities of the supply chain, the wrong approach can lead to frustration, inefficiency and wasted effort. We have all seen how poor supply chain management can result in too broad a supplier base, low stock ...

Supply chain scrutiny key to tackling campylobacter threat – Supply Management

A recent report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) stated 73 per cent of supermarket chickens contain the potentially killer bug campylobacter. The major supermarket chains have quite rightly announced actions they will be taking to address the risk this bug represents. To ensure ...

Amazon Prime Now will force retailers to reassess existing delivery strategies

The success of Amazon’s new one-hour delivery service will depend on a number of factors, notably product availability, as well as the customer’s willingness to pay inflated delivery prices to secure a product and have it in their hands within 60 minutes, says Jon Gibson, Head of ...

The Drinks Business Awards 2015: The Winners

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce the winners for the Best Supply Chain Initiatives at the Drinks Business awards 2015. From the retail sector to importers, logistics, design, marketing campaigns and launches, the Drinks Business Awards are designed to recognise and reward top ...

Sustainable positions under pressure – Retail Week

In 2009, research by academics at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh found that home delivery produces 20 times less carbon dioxide than if a customer takes their car to the shops. A couple of years later in 2011 and ecommerce had already become accepted as enviro-friendly, with ...

LogiPharma TV Interview

Crimson & Co recently sponsored LogiPharma, Europe’s only end-to-end life science supply chain conference. Now in its 14th year, LogiPharma brings together over 400 senior-level pharma, generics and biotech professionals to benchmark, network, share best practices and assess the ...

The Drinks Business Awards – The Drinks Business Magazine

As the drinks business awards enter their 12th year, a new partnership aims to shine a spotlight on one particularly key element of this global industry. Working together with specialist supply chain consultants Crimson & Co, 2015 will see the drinks business recognise outstanding ...

Supermarkets are well within their rights to fight the pricing ‘super-complaint’

Consumer group Which? on Tuesday (21 April), issued a ‘super-complaint’ accusing supermarkets of deliberately ‘misleading’ and ‘confusing’ consumers out of 100s of millions of pounds. But Nick Miller, Head of FMCG at supply chain consultancy Crimson ...

Pharmaceutical supply chains must be brutal and go back to core principles, says Crimson & Co

The customer-producer relationship within the pharmaceutical supply chain is becoming so abstract that the producer is losing sight of the simple realities that underpin the business model, according to a new industry report from global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co. The ...

Big-box supermarkets are left on the shelf

The disappointing festive trading period for the big four supermarkets could prove to be catalyst harbinger for a major change to the way consumers shop for food, according to Nick Miller, Head of FMCG at Crimson & Co. Nick suggests we are now entering a new era that will see ...

The Drinks Business Awards 2015

We are delighted to announce that we have introduced a series of new awards, recognising outstanding achievement in various aspects of the supply chain in association with The Drinks Business. Crimson & Co will judge entrants in new categories including awards for Supply Chain ...

Drinks Industry Forum

Crimson & Co was delighted to host its inaugural Drinks Industry Forum at The Sanderson Hotel, London on 22nd January 2015. Guests from some of the world’s leading drinks and packaging companies joined us to explore the theme of ‘Agility and innovation through collaboration: ...

Drinks industry should strive for better supplier collaboration – Beverage Daily

The drinks industry needs to strive for greater supplier collaboration, as product portfolios become increasingly varied and complicated, says Crispin Mair, Director at Crimson & Co. Consumers expect new products and variations from drinks companies, which in turn puts pressure on ...

Drinks industry lags behind FMCGs

‘The drinks industry is starting to catch up with the FMCG sector when it comes to product innovation,’ commented Crispin Mair, Director at Crimson & Co. ‘Traditionally, drinks companies have tended to offer one set product with the only variance being the size ...

Agility and innovation through collaboration: A new era for supplier development in the drinks industry.

In high product churn environments, supply chains cannot be any less than highly skilled at supplier management. As the packaging supply base in the drinks sector is relatively narrow, customers don’t just need to compete for consumer attention, they need to compete for supplier ...

Black Friday, Cyber Monday… why not Mobile Thursday perhaps?

In the countdown to Christmas retailers should be prepared to use industry trends, as well as marketing and pricing strategies in order to stay ahead of competitors, according to Nick Miller, Head of FMCG at Crimson and Co. On 28 November, the UK will see the return of ...

Supply Chain Excellence Awards

Crimson & Co was delighted to host a table for its clients and other business associates at the 18th annual Supply Chain Excellence Awards at the Hilton, Park Lane on 5th November. Our client, North Middlesex University Hospital Trust achieved the shortlist for two awards ...

‘Tis the season for consumers to click & collect, says Crimson & Co

The battle lines for dominance of the Christmas consumer trade are already being drawn according to Nick Miller, Head of FMCG at Crimson & Co. Nick states that in order for retailers to stay ahead of competitors, businesses must be prepared to forge new relationships with ...

Talk to the hand… Why does Retail persist on blanking the benefits of S&OP? – Bdaily

Crimson and Co are pleased to announce Director Dave Albert’s comments on the retail industry ignoring the benefits of S&OP. The global retail sector presents the perfect business conundrum for sales & operational planning (S&OP): a delicate tightrope of supply and ...

Firms must have clear sight across entire supply chains, says Crimson & Co

Retailers need to take more responsibility over their supply chain or face regulation, according to Nick Miller Head of FMCG at Crimson and Co. Nick said the focus must be to have clear sight across their entire supply chains. ‘Progress is being made, my argument is there is a ...

ASOS disaster recovery response praised

The recent fire at the distribution centre of leading British online retailer ASOS is a textbook example in the importance of having an effective disaster recovery plan in place across your organisation’s supply chain, in order to ensure business continuity says, Jonathan Gibson, Head ...

Slavery scandal spurs UK call for stricter control over food supply chains

The food industry should follow in the footsteps of the pharmaceutical industry and tighten up its supply chain, says Nick Miller head of FMCG at Crimson and Co. The call follows the discovery that slaves were being used to farm prawns in Thailand that ended up for sale in UK ...

Food wastage among retailers is ultimately leaving a bad taste in the mouth – Retail Times

Addressing issues across the supply chain including farming, production, retail and consumer education are central to supermarkets tackling food wastage, according to Nick Miller, Head of FMCG at Crimson & Co. A recent report published by the Waste and Resources Action Programme, ...

Client Alumni Event – The Royal Automobile Club

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success. Speaker: Chris Poole Discussion: The role that ECR continues to play in the twenty-first century Location: The Royal Automobile Club, London Crimson & Co’s Client Alumni dinner held on Thursday ...

Drinks companies must shift focus to revolutionise their supply chains – Supply Management online

Crimson & Co is pleased to announce Director Crispin Mair’s blog on drinks companies in Supply Management online. ‘Drinks companies are losing competitive advantage as they obsess about production assets and don’t pay enough attention to managing suppliers and their routes to ...

Click & collect delivers something new to the supply chain – Retail Times

The explosive growth of click & collect services in the UK represents an opportunity for the retail sector to do away with overly complicated delivery strategies, and ultimately relieve pressure on an organisations supply chain, says Nick Miller, Head of FMCG at Crimson & Co. ...

LogiPharma TV interview

Crimson & Co is pleased to announce Head of Life Science Kerry Pickstone’s interview with LogiPharma, Europe’s only end-to-end life science supply chain conference. During the Q&A interview Kerry discusses the biggest challenges currently facing the pharmaceutical industry and ...

Crimson & Co to sponsor LogiPharma Europe

Crimson & Co is delighted to announce that it is sponsoring the annual LogiPharma Europe conference, taking place on the 7th – 10th April 2014. Now in its 13th year, LogiPharma brings together over 400 senior-level pharma, generics and biotech professionals to benchmark, ...

Can the FMCG Giants continue to leverage their scale? – FMCG News

Crimson & Co is pleased to announce Head of FMCG, Nick Miller’s latest column in FMCG News. One of the biggest stories within the FMCG market of the last 20 years has been mergers and acquisitions, and large organisations getting even larger, creating ‘Global Giants’. US and ...