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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

Private Brand Supplier Engagement; the Impact of Brexit?

It is fair to say that back in 2019, Brexit dominated the news. The same is said for 2018. It is hard to believe but we probably all wish it had been in 2020 too. Because that means we wouldn’t have been in the grip of a global pandemic, but clearly...
14 September, 2020

The importance of alignment between call centers and own brand teams

At S4RB we talk a lot about one team. The importance of retail own brand teams and their own brand suppliers working together, around one view of product performance and one mission to deliver success. 
08 September, 2020
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