The Big Four vs The Disrupters

2015 is looking bleak for the retail sector. Recent figures have shown a poor performance for the ‘Big Four’ at the hands of German retailers Lidl and Aldi. Sainsbury’s saw its first Christmas sales decline in a decade, although the performance was ahead of expectations, while Iceland’s boss Malcolm Walker has described it’s trading over the festive period as “bloody awful”. There is also no sign of a pick-up in the grocery market despite the falling cost of fuel, which...

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How did we manage to eat fresh food before the Chill Chain?

The vast majority of fresh food distribution in the UK is undertaken in a chilled environment. And for good reason. Increased shelf life, improved quality, reduced risk of disease, less waste and less damage can all be partly or entirely attributed to the use of chill chains and the associated handling methods. The driving force behind many of these developments has undoubtedly been the major supermarket chains. We didn’t see anything like the current level of chilled transport and chilled...

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Moving up the Value Chain – India Agri-Food Supply Chains – UKIBC Report

'Nation states are engaged in a relentless competitive chase’, says Evan Davies in Made in Britain, the BBC TV series based on the book of the same name. When poorer countries gain access to modern technology and skills they are able to out-compete richer nations in traditional sectors thanks to their lower cost base. The wealthier countries then seek out high-value areas where they can be more competitive, be it through technical innovation, increased efficiency or marketing appeal. But while...

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Food and Drink

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Tesco Dotcom – Design of Specialised Fulfilment Facility for Online Food Shopping

Tesco’s “Dotcom Only Store” (DCOS) in Aylesford has proved to be so successful that they recently decided to open another in Greenford. The Aylesford store, which opened in October 2008, provides the fulfilment service for Tesco grocery home shopping for most of Kent, and replaced picking and delivery from a number of Tesco supermarkets in the area. It is just one of a series of DCOSs that Tesco plans to open over the next few years. Tesco had previously built...

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