10 April 2003
Tesco has set up a unit to manage its supply and distribution network in a bid to cut costs and ensure more goods reach stores.
The UK's biggest supermarket group has combined two units that co-ordinated the movement of goods between suppliers and distributors, and from distributor depots to stores.
A spokesman said bringing the whole consumer goods supply chain under one director would improve product availability and cut operating costs, keeping the price of goods under control.
To do this, Tesco has axed three senior supply chain jobs.
Barry Knichel, supply chain development manager, has left the company and David Wild, group supply chain director, is to be relocated to work on "international supply chain projects".
Graham Booth, supply chain director, will not be replaced after his planned retirement.
Responsibility for the entire supply chain for consumer goods will come under the remit of the supply chain and distribution director. Stewart Ross, previously distribution director, has been appointed to the post.