Tag Archives: sustainability

Operations Insight: ASDA – designing sustainability into their new product development process

This detailed case study can be found on the WRAP website.  WRAP is a charity set up in 2000 to encourage and support the sustainable use of resources.  It works in a range of areas – food, hospitality, electrical, textiles, agriculture, … Continue reading

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UK’s Clean Growth Strategy

Earlier this month, the U.K. government published it’s Clean Growth Strategy (Executive Summary here).  The key policy areas are as follows: Developing Green Finance capabilities Improving business and industry energy efficiency Improving energy efficiency in homes Rolling out low carbon … Continue reading

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London 2012 – the greenest Olympics ever

Having recently blogged about megaprojects I thought I’d post a video about how the London Olympic Park was constructed.  Instead I came across this video which has Kevin McLeod talking about how the London Olympics would be the greenest Olympics … Continue reading

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What supply chain trends are evident in the apparel sector?

Having just blogged about Bain & Company’s insights into how supply chains are changing, I came across this article on the McKinsey & Company website.  This was based on a survey and in-depth discussions with 29 Chief Procurement Officers of … Continue reading

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Supply chain trends – driven by digital

Bain & Company have an interesting infographic that identifies seven trends digitally-driven trends in the supply chain (here).  I list them here: Hyper segmentation – using analytics to indentify individual customer needs Additive manufacturing – 3D printing, automation, etc Focus … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Whitbread Sustainability Report 2016/17

Whitbread PLC operates the Premier Inn hotel chain, Costa Coffee outlets, and a number of restaurant brands on nearly 5,000 sites across the U.K, employing around 50,000 people.  It is also expanding into international markets.  The company has recently released … Continue reading

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Biodegradable automobiles?

Cars are made from metal – usually. But recently a car made from flax and bioplastic (made from sugar beet) has been launched.  LINA is the first biocomposite vehicle.  As this article explains – “The complete chassis, the body of … Continue reading

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Fruit and veg not loose. But maybe there’s a screw loose?

Good article in The Grocer about Asda’s decision to trial selling only pre-packaged fruit and vegetables.  This has apparently caused “outrage” and “uproar”, even hitting the headlines.  Some customers in the store where it is being trialled have ripped open … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: Corporate citizenship at MMC

Marsh & McLennan is a global professional services company employing 60,000 people.  It was created by merging four companies each specialising in different aspects of consulting, insurance and risk management.   Of particular interest here is its approach to corporate … Continue reading

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Snact – making snacks out of ‘waste’

Snact is another example of a new company being formed to address ethical and/or environmental concerns.  They make fruit snacks from ugly and unwanted fruit that would otherwise be thrown away by British farmers, because they do not meet the … Continue reading

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