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Plastic Pact commitments demand successful supplier engagement

Plastics reduction returning to top of the agenda Last month, I featured as a panellist on a Webinar hosted by Store Brands in which we discussed the impact of Covid-19 on the many packaging and plastic commitments made by brands such either the UK...
24 May, 2021

Obtaining key product data: how your suppliers can support your challenges and goals

There is so much importance on the value of product transparency. Not only is it about building trust with your consumers, but also making sure they champion your own brand portfolio. Enhancing your chances of gaining repeat business and loyalty. It...
14 May, 2021

Rethinking supplier diversity and inclusion to help grow your business

Diversity and inclusion is a topic of growing importance to consumers and the food retail industry at large, especially considering the increased societal focus on equity and race. Retailers are increasingly unveiling initiatives to make progress...
26 April, 2021

Chasing the tail of change management

Change management is a fundamental part of our lives. The accelerating need to manage change is ubiquitous. Global issues such as climate change, COVID-19, consumer health, rapidly developing technology, competitor activity, social media etc. all...
21 April, 2021

Innovate and differentiate: Transforming private brands with strategic sourcing

A study by FMI, The Food Industry Association, found that 97% of retailers are rethinking private brand assortments and supplier strategies as a result of experiences during the recent pandemic. A great opportunity for private brands, which are...
15 April, 2021

Activate your force multipliers, deliver change with supplier engagement

At the heart of all we do at S4RB is a belief that supplier engagement enables brand owners and their suppliers, to achieve more, together, on-time and right first time. And therefore, I found myself in a discussion with one of the Product Lifecycle...
08 April, 2021

My supplier survey mistake: And how I fixed it using homeschooling and a leopard

It is easy to become numb to the reality behind the topics we work around on a daily basis. Especially when our interactions take place through a digital medium or are removed from the individuals on the front line.
26 February, 2021

Four musts before launching any supplier survey

Supply chain data collection is becoming an increasingly important capability for retailers, consumer brands and large manufacturers so that they can provide the product and supply chain transparency that the market demands at the pace required.
13 February, 2021

‘Natasha’s Law’ – One year to go

In 2019, the Government set out new legislation placing stricter requirements on pre-packaged foods to carry a full list of ingredients - known as ‘Natasha’s Law’. Natasha’s Law follows the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who...
06 October, 2020

Supplier engagement, it will never go out of fashion

Fashion: notoriously one of the richest, most fast paced industries within retail. However operationally, the fashion industry comes up against many challenges. From the environmental impacts and poor working conditions of “fast fashion” to the way...
25 September, 2020
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