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Case Study: Inheriting a Procurement Team

Douglas Black, Retail, Distribution and Property Development Director, shares his experience of inheriting a Procurement Team at the UK’s leading grocery retailer Tesco plc.

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Tesco Plc was founded in 1919. It has stores in 12 countries across Europe and Asia, and is the grocery market leader in the UK, Ireland, Hungary, Malaysia and Thailand.

From 2014, Tesco was facing a number of challenges, including those to profit, and a number of reputational issues. This led to a period of turmoil and reflection for its procurement function, when it became clear that suppliers saw them as difficult to work with, not a client of choice. So the business knew it needed a new approach, changing the way it worked with suppliers and becoming less combative while remaining commercial.

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