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Supply chain

The best supply chains are those where the employees or people working in all organisations at all levels are working together to achieve efficiencies and improve the experience for shoppers. We’ve got plenty of examples, along with the latest news and insight.

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Supply chain success

Watch this short clip with IGD Supply Chain Insight Manager, Alex Edge, to find out the ultimate measure of supply chain success and get tips on how to achieve it within your business.

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More supply chain insight

  • Resilience in food and grocery supply chains

    This free download explains the major threats facing supply chains in the grocery industry and how you can build resilience into your supply chains to better handle interruptions when they occur.

  • Where is the best supply chain talent hiding?

    As the supply chain world changes at a rate never seen before, both retailers and manufacturers are struggling to recruit for supply chain employees with the skills to operate in this new environment. Here's our top tips for finding the right talent for your business.

  • Infographic: skills gaps in the supply chain

    Explore this infographic to see the stats from our recent supply chain talent attraction and training survey.

  • Keeping up with the drones

    Online Content Co-ordinator (Supply Chain) Suzannah Murphy takes some time to see what all the fuss is about in the race to eliminate last-mile logistics costs.

  • UK supply chains: the robots are coming!

    Has the food and grocery industry finally shaken off past demons to embrace supply chain automation? Laura John Supply Chain Business Analyst, shares her thoughts.

  • Why China’s supply chain will set the standard

    Will China be able to leapfrog more established markets to develop the next generation of supply chain solutions? Customer Supply Chain Insight Manager Darren Smillie investigates.

  • Forecasting demand in a world of uncertainty

    With intense retail competition, pressure on margins and rising shopper expectations, it’s never been more important – or more challenging – to get forecasts right and deliver to plan. IGD surveyed the industry to find out how supply chains are adapting to deliver successful planning for their businesses.

  • Speaker Q&A: Tony Mitchell, Tesco

    Ahead of IGD’s Supply Chain Summit, we have been talking to some of the speakers to understand how they’ve reached the top of their profession and what hints and tips they have to succeed in today’s supply chain environment. First to provide his pearls of wisdom is Tony Mitchell, Supply Chain Operations...

  • Five takeaways from ECR Asia Pacific

    The great and the good of the retail and consumer goods industry gathered in Hong Kong for the 14th edition of the Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Asia Pacific Conference last month. IGD senior research manager, Shirley Zhu, went along to find out about key developments in the region

  • Industry collaborates on supply chain waste

    IGD’s collaborative Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) UK Initiative has eliminated 260,000 tonnes of product and packaging waste from the UK supply chain over the last five years.

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Supply Chain Analysis

Supply Chain Analysis is IGD's online guide to the FMCG supply chain.


Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) is run by IGD in the UK. It is steered by a board drawn from across the industry. Our various workgroups are involved in supply chain improvements, focusing on using collaboration to fulfil shopper wishes better, faster and at less cost.

IGD waste prevention guide

Learn how to eliminate waste or redistribute surplises from your business with this free resource from ECR UK

Supply Chain: The Essentials

Supply Chain: The Essentials

A new practical one day workshop for all roles in suppliers, to help develop your understanding of the vital part that supply chains play in underpinning FMCG businesses.

Supply Chain Bulletin - Sign Up

A round-up of the latest food & grocery industry supply chain, logistics and distribution news with exclusive IGD analysis from IGD's new Supply Chain Analysis site.