Efficient Product Movement - 2003

ECR Australasia 2010.09.24

Publication Date: 2003 Publication Language: English Publication Country/Region: ECR Australasia Publication Type: Bluebook Companies involved: ECR Australasia Author: n/a

With the vital support of IBM Business Consulting Services, the latest report, “Efficient Product Movement” brings together the expertise of a project team drawn from suppliers, retailers and wholesalers at the leading edge of process change in the transport and distribution of food and grocery products in Australia and New Zealand. It reflects increased attention by trading partners to increased efficiency in the handling and transport of products through the supply chain.

It also reflects the recognition – highlighted in the 2002 Australasian Grocery Industry Tracking Study – that Australia and New Zealand lag behind North America and Europe in transport and distribution maturity. This is clearly an opportunity for improvement.
The “Efficient Product Movement” Guide provides direction for suppliers, retailers, wholesalers and service providers to improve the efficiency of product movement throughout the supply chain. It documents leading practice in Australasia, with the aid of 12 case study examples, and identified the opportunities for further cost savings through innovation or standardization in pallet and pack configuration, order multiples, technology, vehicles and storage facilities.

The guide points to activity based costing of product movement processes and cost-to-serve based trading terms as key drivers of collaborative process improvement and increased efficiency, reduced costs and enhanced consumer services.
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