The Lean Supply Chain: Managing the Challenge at Tesco

The Lean Supply Chain: Managing the Challenge at Tesco


The Lean Supply Chain: Managing the Challenge at Tesco explores how Tesco have and are addressing the challenge of managing their supply chains. It examines how they have used lean thinking, loyalty and simplicity and grew under a determined supply chain strategy to achieve their dominant UK and global position. It shows how Tesco's senior leadership made a simple, but game-changing, decision to focus the business on its customers rather than the conventional approach of 'competing with our competitors' and asks whether the approach to managing the supply chain needs to be adapted to deal with current challenges that Tesco face. 


    ISBN: 9780749472078
    Edition: 1st

    Barry Evans and Robert Mason look at Tesco's origins, how the retailer developed one of the best supply chains in the world, as well as their continuous improvement and current developments that are required to maintain its competitiveness.

    This book demonstrates Tesco's most successful strategies through real life examples, drawing upon the authors' deep knowledge of how Tesco has developed and succeeded from both an academic and practitioner perspective. It includes an assessment of how Tesco are dealing with current day challenges and market changes, including their successful rollout of online shopping and convenience stores as well as how they are attempting to maintain their position as the UK's largest retailer.


    Chapter - 01: Introduction;

    Chapter - 02: Tesco past and present;

    Chapter - 03: Tesco and strategy: managing the what, why and how!;

    Chapter - 04: Customer insight- to drive the Tesco supply chain;

    Chapter - 05: Lean and the Tesco supply chain: ‘mastering the supply chain’;

    Chapter - 06: Tesco and continuous improvement: debunking seven myths of conventional business thinking;

    Chapter - 07: Current Challenges: aligning corporate and supply chain strategies to a changing macro environment;

    Chapter - 08: Conclusions


    Barry Evans

    Barry Evans early career involved a variety of roles in Logistics/Distribution with Watney Mann, Rank Hovis McDougall and Royal Mail. This was followed by roles in Tesco plc including Lean Process Manager in Tesco Supply Chain Development. Barry's role was to understand Lean Thinking and develop ways in which it could be applied in Tesco. He joined the Lean Enterprise Research Centre at Cardiff Business School as a Senior Research Associate.

    Robert Mason

    Robert Mason also has a business background, in the main a variety of roles with M&S. He is now a senior lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management section (LOM) at Cardiff Business School and has led many business research projects with Tesco as a partner.

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