The Network for Integrated Retail Logistics (NIRL) is a focus for research, technology transfer, education and training for optimised solutions in food and non-food retail logistics. It leverages the activities of a broad spectrum of retail supply chain partners in order to research, develop and exploit new systems and technologies for retail logistics.
Contact Person: Mike Bernon
Entertainment UK, Halfords, Menzies Distribution, PC World, Vivendi Universal Games, Wincanton
Project's Website: Reverse Logistics
A two-year research programme being undertaken by the School of Management and Sheffield University with support from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK). As Reverse Logistics is fast becoming an integral discipline within supply chain management the project objective is to develop a set of diagnostic tools to assist organisations implement effective reverse logistics operations. Embedded in the toolkit will be the concept of sustainable distribution. The project will build on work, previously undertaken which estimated that around £5.75 billion goods are being returned within UK high street retailing alone. The logistics costs of handling these returned products were estimated to be £500 million a year.
Project Title: Supply Chain Collaboration
Contact Person: Dr Carlos Mena
Industrial Partners: Coors Brewers, Frontier, Bernard Matthews and Saxon Agriculture
Documentation: Supply Chain Collaboration
Short Description: This project is a three year project in collaboration with Cardiff Business School, supported by the Food Chain Centre and the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA). The project aims to improve collaboration and performance in the UK cereals supply chain by conducting improvement programmes within eight representative supply chains and by disseminating the findings to the wider industry. Each improvement projects will focus on two key aspects of supply chain management: the process (i.e. activities, times and inventories), and the collaborative relationships between supply chain partners.