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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 ...

Organisations must account for their own productivity performance, by ensuring that the right people are in the right jobs and consistently doing the right things

In the wake of ongoing concerns surrounding UK productivity levels, organisations must stop blaming external factors, and instead focus on driving effectiveness internally, by ensuring that the right people are in the right jobs and consistently doing the right things, across their ...

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, ...

Real time labor balancing and other new warehouse software features that matter

Article by Steve Mulaik, Crimson & Co North America. I have been doing WMS selection projects and watching the WMS space for almost 30 years. Alas it is like watching the grass grow. Change happens slowly. However, I just got a copy of our internal 2017 review of the WMS ...

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 ...

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 ...

Is supply chain management important for the retail sector?

In retail, supply chain management (SCM), is the management of the flow of goods and services. It involves the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. SCM involves optimizing your ...

United Airlines failure was not a technical issue, it was the prioritising of policy over values

The CEO of United Airlines admittance that the removal of a passenger was a ‘mistake of epic proportions’ should act as the catalyst for a major business transformation exercise across the brand. Doing so would help address deep-rooted issues, which clearly prioritise ...

Big data, a big decision

Niels Van Hove, Principal Consultant at Crimson & Co ANZ, discusses Big data in Foresight Magazine. Every so many years, a new supply chain terminology takes the front page and dominates the conversation in magazines and conferences. In the last decade or two we’ve seen JIT (Just ...

How to shape a company culture with S&OP

PREVIEW In a 2010 Foresight article, S&OP Editor John Mello argued that successful execution of S&OP is inevitably linked to corporate culture. A culture based on silo mentality and lack of trust not only undermines S&OP effectiveness but also reduces employee engagement ...

Business leaders must maximise the chance of success when engaging in business transformation projects

Transformation is a word frequently used in business. Companies need to transform to improve performance and develop sustained competitive advantage. To do this effectively, external consultants are often used to make the desired transition happen

The need to systemise critical business processes could mean the end of the spreadsheet

The need to systemise critical business processes could mean the end of the spreadsheet..

Companies are failing to unlock business planning tool capabilities due to limited skills mix amongst staff

Companies are failing to unlock business planning tool capabilities..

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 ...

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..

Supply chain planning skills are in short supply

Today, businesses expect their supply chain and procurement specialists to be delivering business strategy and integral to this is the need for competent planning processes. According to Dave Alberts, Director at global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co, an Advanced Planning ...

The robots are coming

The idea of mechanical servants goes right back to ancient mythology, but the past few years have seen advances in the technologies that are moving from automation to robotics. Just as our children can’t picture a world without computers, it is likely that their children will ...

Reliance on outdated planning tools and processes hamstrings growth in global business environments

Not adopting flexible supply chain processes and systems cuts international competitive advantage In an increasingly complex international business environment, companies that rely on legacy approaches to planning are potentially cutting their growth prospects and erasing their ...

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, ...

An S&OP communication plan: The final step in support of company strategy

Over the past 30 years, S&OP has generally advanced beyond the goals of balancing supply and demand. We are seeing that mature S&OP processes now support rolling forecasts, enterprise resource reallocation, and strategy execution. In this article, however, Niels Van Hove, ...

India’s supply chain developments open up opportunities for businesses

Supply chain operations in India, which have historically been hindered by a complex tax structure and poor infrastructure, could see significant improvements over the next few years thanks to a recent government bill, says Crimson & Co. Coupled with the focus on infrastructure ...

South East Asia’s supply chain challenges have reached a turning point

In the light of economic growth, rising affluence and booming consumer demand, many international businesses are seeking to capitalise on the growth in South East Asia’s developing markets. This is according to global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co. The supply chain ...

The possibility of Brexit leaves many businesses in the dark

Despite only being a matter of weeks until the EU referendum, a lot of UK organisations remain unsure about what a Brexit vote might mean for their businesses and supply chains..

How to map the supply chain

Hurricanes and floods can be planned for. Oil spills can be guarded against. Even the lure of swapping horse meat for beef can be anticipated. But what do you do about known unknowns in your supply chain? Until the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh discovered black swans in Western ...

Rio Olympics focus on global supply chain sustainability

The Rio Olympics’ commitment to supply chain sustainability (with 100 per cent recovery, disposal and use of goods and waste) has the capacity to revolutionise supply chain sustainability worldwide as well as creating a legacy for positive change in the region, says supply chain ...

Aldi recall demonstrates the importance of supplier relationship management

Discount retailers looking to upset the monopoly held by the big four supermarket brands must have complete confidence in the robustness of their supply chain. If this can’t be guaranteed then these organisations must be prepared to re-evaluate existing relationships and in some cases ...

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 ...

Late payments from supermarkets are crippling supply chain and cutting market competition

Late payments and sustained pressures from large consumer retailers is pushing small suppliers out of business and reducing competition in the marketplace, crippling the chain of suppliers supporting supermarket trade. This is according to supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co..

Sugary drinks tax likely to leave a bitter taste for drinks manufacturers unless action is taken

Recently, a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) called for greater action to be taken in addressing childhood obesity through the introduction of a sugar tax on all soft drinks, following on-going support from health lobbyists and celebrities..

Crowd Engineering Gets the Job Done Better

Lately, we’ve been fielding lots of questions about employee turnover rates and warehouse associates’ pay rates, especially after a peak holiday season when competition for labour was at an all time level of frustration – unfilled positions and low retention. Wage pressure and ...

Cost control and consolidation will continue to dominate the consumer goods supply chain agenda in 2016

Forecasts show that 2016 will continue the trend of minimal year-on-year growth in consumer goods spending, both in the UK and across Europe; in this environment manufacturers will carry on looking for opportunities to consolidate and pare down costs, focusing on developing world ...

Warehouse Automation: The Pros and Cons

When companies contact consulting firms to help expand their distribution capacities, it is often specifically to help with Warehouse Automation. They are looking for assistance with their processes–whether for design, implementation or both. It is an inherent assumption that, once ...

Lean and Green: Implementing Green Initiatives

Lean initiatives often include reducing one’s energy consumption, sometimes referred to as being “Green.” Being ‘green’ is a ubiquitous term to many. What does it mean? How does one know?..

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 ...

Calais disruption reveals the need for UK businesses to adopt strong risk strategies

The continuing disruption British businesses face from the Calais crisis highlights the need for strong risk strategies, says Nick Miller, head of FMCG at global supply chain consultancy Crimson & Co. In light of this, Nick urges all businesses to carry out a thorough review of ...

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 ...

10 of the best summer perks – Workplace Focus

It’s summer, which means it’s time to give your employee incentives a bit of a seasonal spruce-up. Here are ten of the best benefits to keep your employees happy as the heat rises… 1. Summer hours As soon as the clocks go forward, drinks giant PepsiCo switches to ‘summer hours’ mode – ...

Keeping Britain at the heart of global manufacturing

Though full of potential, supply chains are too often misunderstood, much to the detriment of the UK’s industrial base, stated Jan Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain, WMG at University of Warwick at Crimson & Co’s annual supply chain Academy on April 27th. Big ...

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 ...

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 ...

Video produced the corporate star – London Evening Standard

Crimson & Co are pleased to announce Senior Consultant, Helen Chiswell’s comments on video interviewing in the London Evening Standard. When even a 141-year-old clothing brand, based in London’s Carnaby Street, decides that prospective CEOs should feature in videos for ...

Three considerations to make before switching categories – Supply Management Online

Crimson & Co are pleased to announce Senior Consultant, Laura Magee’s comments on rotating buyers in Supply Management online. Rotating buyers and exposing them to different categories can help to build capability in the team and reduce the risk of complacency and fraudulent ...

Robotics in the supply chain will enhance humans, not replace them says Crimson & Co

The growth of robotics as a way to automate elements of the supply chain and improve efficiencies will not be at the expense of humans, states Jon Gibson, Head of Logistics, at Crimson & Co. Recently, the Government announced its intentions to be at the forefront of driverless ...

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 ...

Relationship maturity crucial for successful supplier collaboration

Crimson & Co is pleased to announce Principal consultant, Natalie Henfrey’s comments on supplier collaboration in Supply Management online. ‘It staggers me to think that despite it being 2015, suppliers and customers still find it difficult to have a mature ...

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 ...

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 ...

“Out of the box” thinking needed to address supply chain skills shortage

In order to address the growing skills shortage facing the British supply chain industry, organisations must be prepared to break the mould surrounding the traditional type of employees considered, claims Liz Howat Head of scprime® at Crimson & Co. To bridge the gap, organisations ...

Client Alumni Event – The Goring Hotel

Thank you to all of our guests at our client alumni event for making it such a success. Speaker: Professor Michael Lewis Discussion: In a world of cross-business processes, matrix management, category segmentation and global diversity, is functional strategy still relevant? Location: ...

‘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 ...

Total visibility in the supply chain should be a key consideration when entering new markets

Ensuring full traceability over all products and suppliers and meeting compliance laws is essential in building a sustainable and robust business that is secure from reputational or legal risk, says Crispin Mair, Director at Crimson and Co. As regulations in each market vary, the ...

Tapping into staff abilities is crucial for success

Firms must ensure that workers’ skills and capabilities are aligned with a company’s overall goals and objectives, says Liz Howat Head of scprime® at leading supply-chain consultancy firm Crimson and Co. Failure to effectively harness staff abilities is one of the main reasons why ...

Software solutions don’t guarantee effective forecasting

Crimson and Co are pleased to announce Director, Crispin Mair’s comments on forecasting in Logistics Business IT and Bdaily. Effective forecasting is essential for organisations trying to reconcile excellent customer service with high supply chain efficiency and provide a solid ...

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 ...

World Cup suppliers must learn from mistakes, says Crimson & Co

Overseas suppliers providing services such as food, beverage and merchandise to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil must ensure they carry out comprehensive root-to-branch reviews across their entire supply chain, with effective tried-and-tested contingency plans in place that will ...

You’ve made the product, now get it to the customers – The Register

Crimson and Co are pleased to announce Director Richard Powell’s comments in an article on Logistics strategy in The Register. Logistics may not seem as sexy as, say, R&D or social-media marketing – but messing it up could easily ruin your business. Richard says there are ...

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, ...

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. ...

Is reshoring manufacturing a long-term solution? – Manufacturing and Logistics Magazine

Crimson & Co is pleased to announce Director Dave Alberts comments on UK companies reshoring manufacturing back to the UK in Manufacturing and Logistics Magazine. Figures released by the EEF manufacturers’ organisation stating that one in six British companies has reshored ...

£100m to strengthen UK supply chains – Can this help close the productivity gap? SHD Magazine

Crimson & Co welcomes the announcement that the UK government is to invest £100 million to help UK companies strengthen their domestic supply chains, as it will provide a useful incentive for companies to focus on improving their supply chains’ productivity. Director Tom Woodham ...

3D Printing Has Hit Its ‘Hype Curve’ Peak, But What’s Next?

Additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing, is a buzz topic that many business leaders have been unable to escape over the past 12 months, but one which will have little impact in the immediate future but potentially cause chaos in the not so distant future, says John ...

Are procurement professionals good enough to be boardroom players? – Supply Management

Crimson & Co is pleased to announce Head of Procurement Peter Garnett’s article on procurement professionals as boardroom players in Supply Management online. ‘Many organisations are yet to accept the transformation of the procurement professionals’ role in influencing and driving ...

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 ...

Supply Chain Management to the fore – Bloor Research

Crimson & Co features on Bloor Research online, one of Europe’s leading independent IT research and analysis organisations, as a company that can manage supply chains effectively and efficiently. Analyst Simon Holloway believes the supply chain consists of a series of ...