The circular economy principles of keeping resources in use for as long as possible and recovering and regenerating materials at the end of each lifecycle, are particularly relevant to grocery retailers who engage with perishable products throughout the supply chain. The UK government body responsible for waste initiatives, WRAP, estimates that 12 million tonnes of food waste is produced by UK households, hospitality and foodservice, food manufacturing and retail, and wholesale sectors; 75% of which is described as “avoidable”.
In 2014 the UK’s economy grew by 2.6%, the fastest pace since 2007, in part driven by increased retail and consumer spending. The dark days of the recession drove changes in behaviour, out of necessity, that are likely to stick around now the economy is growing.
“We know we could save money and be more efficient but we choose not to because we’re in fashion…” This view from the Finance Director of a leading UK fashion retailer may seem surprising but is not unique. Fashion businesses major on style, aesthetics and design to keep ahead and build brand strength and loyalty.
The Priory Group is proud of its excellent reputation for quality of service. Their success is rooted in their determination to improve the lives of all their service users by employing an innovative approach when developing care and treatment services.
The Priory Group know that providing the right environment and facilities is as important to a successful care pathway as excellent staff and clinical support. It is essential that any refurbishment is done with minimal disruption and inconvenience.
Despite considerable investment in sourcing systems, many large companies still do not have complete visibility of what they buy, who buys it and who supplies it. How can a purchasing department function effectively without this knowledge?
Is sourcing goods direct from the manufacturer the cost reduction dream it first appears? In this Comment article David Armes explains the potential benefits but also the pitfalls that retailers should watch out for.
In this research-led White Paper, David Armes examines how companies may fail when implementing a long-term savings plan, and suggests ways that managers can keep driving change forward.
Laura began her career in the Beauty industry, working across a range of product and brand development roles. More recently she managed key supplier and client relationships for a leading corporate events business, before joining Ivo early in 2016. Educated at the University of the West of England with a BSc in Psychology, Laura spends her free time exploring London’s culinary scene. When she isn’t planning her next meal (and to balance out the indulgences), Laura finds time to practice Pilates!
Sarah joined Ivo in 2013 after four successful years as a Science Communicator, working on multiple media broadcasting platforms in the UK and abroad. She has a degree in Natural Sciences from The University of Cambridge and her key strengths lie in communication, research, and project and client relationship management.
“The best thing for me about joining Ivo has been the chance to get to know a whole new industry and learn from experienced and supportive colleagues, while being able to apply the aspects of my previous job that I enjoyed most – the problem solving, communication, and interaction with people. Joining a boutique firm meant diving straight in at the deep end with a major UK retailer in my first week, which was an exciting challenge, and really pushed me to learn fast and take on responsibility.”