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UK firms report success from supply chain waste prevention scheme

22 May 2012

Efforts by some of the UK's leading food and consumer goods companies to reduce the amount of supply chain waste in their operations are bearing fruit, according to a report.

The ECR (Efficient Consumer Response) UK initiative, conducted in association with analyst firm IGD, has seen 34 British firms cutting down on waste by making better product and packaging designs as well as improving range and forecasting decisions alongside colleagues and trading partners.

It helped to avoid the creation of 70,000 tonnes of supply chain waste by December 2011, meaning the project is likely to easily meet and exceed the December 2012 goal of 75,000 tonnes.

Meanwhile, 195,000 tonnes of waste have also been diverted from the participating organisations' supply chains, outstripping the December 2012 target by 30 per cent.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive for IGD, said: "Waste elimination should remain front of mind across all business functions."

Earlier this year, a report from CSC revealed that supply chain staff are playing an increasingly prominent role in helping businesses to return to growth following the recession.

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Categories: Functional Practices, Procurement & Supply Chain

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