Supermarket Mergers and Supply Chain Consequences

Since their acquisition of Argos back in 2016, it seems Sainsburys have been left with an insatiable appetite for more; and as we approach mid-year 2018, the FMCG retailer has revealed plans to merge with their supposedly regarded rivals, north of the wall; Asda. Following the successful integration of Argos into Sainsbury’s stores two years…

Logistical Elasticity

In these technological times, the interplay between supply and demand, has transformed from a supplier push to a consumer pull, and is what now defines modern day operations in the logistics and supply chain industry. A great deal more flexibility is not only required, but is more importantly received, thanks to a clever combination of…

Re-defining The logistics of Brand Loyalty

Entering into 2018, the pace of consumer demand for ecommerce is not showing any signs of slowing down; and as innovative technology ever evolves; social and economic factors are increasingly shaping the way that consumers are able to communicate with, and purchase products from, retailers.   Influencing consumers’ expectations of excellence in every retail channel, –…

Omni-channel Retail and Ecommerce

With more and more shops closing on the highstreets, the most notable of which include retailer store closures of Woolworths and BHS, and now include many Marks and Spencer’s and WH Smith stores also shutting their physical doors for good; What does the future of retail need to take stock of? Of course, the closure…

The Real Price of Inflation

The Logistics and Supply Chain Specialists Gideon Hillman Consulting UK, explore the effects of Inflation on consumerism and the logistics industry… Grocery prices rose by a record 0.2% in the 12 weeks to 1st January 2017, the first inflation in just over two years; add to the equation the sharp decrease in the value of…

Defending The ‘Want it Now’ Culture

Ever since we clicked into Ecommerce in the early 90’s, we have all become very quickly accustomed to being able to purchase products at the click of a button. One common misconception regarding ecommerce and consumerism is that the online consumer ‘shops’ online to feel instant gratification. This suggests that people shop online, simply for…

Food Industry Supply Chain is Hungry for change

The global supply chain is under increasing pressure from new demands, fuelled by technological advances and the decidedly critical consumer; barraging logistics processes to adapt to the effervescent era of pandering to consumer demands, as opposed to procuring profitability margins. One very important sector which is feeling the pinch more so than others is the…