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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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..

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

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 ...