30 November 2000
Transport, inventory management and service delivery are most in need of greater efficiencies within the drinks sector, a survey has warned.
The survey, by consultancy Supply Chain Solutions, showed that some companies held three times as much stock, as a percentage of sales, than the best.
The survey, which covered companies within the supply chains of 14 major alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks companies, found national delivery costs varied between £10 and £26 for a pallet of goods.
Between 93.5 per cent and 99.7 per cent of deliveries were right first time, as an indicator of customer satisfaction.
“The drinks industry, particularly the spirits sector, is probably behind other major fast-moving consumer goods areas,” one analyst told SM. “But supply chain issues have become more of a priority in the past two years.”
The trend has been for eliminating stock-keeping units as a supply chain efficiency, he said.