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On the 5th and 6th of April this year SEDEX hosted its annual conference in London at the prestigious QEII Conference Centre. The event has grown massively in the last 10 years with over 700 delegates attending from its 40,000 members across 150...
31 May, 2017

What’s the Big Deal about Consultancy-Led Software and Solutions?

  Solution, noun 1. a means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation. Since joining a company with “Solutions” in its name, I’ve become increasingly – and sometimes painfully – aware of the ways in which people casually misuse this...
17 May, 2017


Excel is one of the most powerful pieces of software used in business today, but it is not a cure for all ills.  Indeed, there are several articles on the internet telling us Microsoft Excel might be the most dangerous software on the planet.
03 May, 2017

What happened to the 'L' in PLM

Product Lifecycle Management or PLM was heralded as the ultimate methodology for retail private brands, promising to transform the performance of new product development. Despite this, modern era new product development often falls way short of...
19 April, 2017

Motivating suppliers – don’t forget they are people too!

I’ve always been the technical, logical type.  Words like ‘engagement’ had never been particularly high on my agenda.  People should do what you ask them to if there’s a business or personal relationship that defines they should - simple.  Then a...
12 April, 2017

10 years in private brand retail

Since S4RB was founded 10 years ago, the retail landscape in our homeland of the UK has seen seismic shifts on several fronts. We have had the challenge and privilege of helping well-known private brand retailers, as well as some less well-known...
05 April, 2017

Will Brexit increase British and local supply to retailers?

Planet Retail state that approximately 40% of UK grocery products are currently imported, a figure which will fall as UK retailers reduce imports post-Brexit due to poorer exchange rates.
28 October, 2016

Supplier training – a corner piece of the engagement jigsaw puzzle

Over the last three years in my role as a supplier engagement consultant, I have attended several system training sessions, such as specification systems (e.g. PLM) for private brand suppliers for a number of large retail organisations and have...
29 June, 2016

The value of improved supplier relationships

In the business world, understanding about the importance of good supplier relationships has increased markedly over the past decade. More and more organisations are seeing the value of investing time and resources in building a solid foundation of...
06 April, 2016

Supermarkets: Why a price diet won’t make you more attractive to consumers

11 March, 2016
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