Improving food distribution performance through integration and collaboration in the supply chain
C. Stephens, Consultant, UK
Grocery distribution in the UK is based on a commonly adopted centralised and stockless model and is highly efficient. Further efficiency gains are achieved through vertical and internal process integration with additional gains possible through cross-channel collaboration.
The UK food retail market is often held up as a paragon of logistics efficiency, with unit costs and inventory levels significantly lower than most of the rest of the world (Fernie, 1995). Logistics developments as described above have taken place ...