News / Tesco needs to address the wastage in its supply chain to make up for falling sales

first_imgIf goods are moving between customers, the supplier informs CHEP of the number of pallets it is transferring and provides the pallet lessor with the account number of the customer receiving the units – thus transferring responsibility and cost of the pallet to the consignee.However, in this case, despite taking delivery of hundreds of CHEP pallets from Tesco, it appears the retailer continues to hold responsibility, and pay for, the use of the pallets, even though they are no longer in its system.However, the UK’s largest grocer has made substantial inroads into cutting freight costs and transport carbon emissions. Under its plan F, it has reduced its road haulage spend in both the UK and Europe. The transfer of deepsea containers between its main continental gateway port of Bremerhaven and its chief European distribution centre in Slovakia has, since 2012, been entirely handled by rail, and it claims to have saved some four million road miles per year.Its switch from road to rail has led to cost and emissions savings Tesco has also stopped using road freight to move general merchandise from Poland to its port-centric distribution centre in Teesport, and now uses a shortsea route from Gdynia in Poland operated by Containerships, which has a direct call at the port. This it said had reduced road travel by over 80% and saved it “over €300k per year”.Finally, for its apparel products sourced in Turkey, Tesco has also switched modes, using a Samskip multimodal service that sees 45ft containers shipped from Istanbul to the Italian port of Trieste and then transferred by rail to Cologne in Germany, before being carried by road for the final leg to the UK hub of Daventry. It aims to extend the rail leg through to Daventry by using the Channel Tunnel.And while City analysts have focused on the company’s UK performance – and in particular the way that it has lost market share to discount retailers Aldi and Lidl, while simultaneously watching premium food retailers Waitrose and M&S expand sales – its international business has not been without its troubles.It said that sales increased in mainland Europe, but last week saw Tesco finally abandon any hope of going it alone in China, after completing a joint-venture deal with Hong Kong-based China Resources Enterprise (CRE) to form a retail joint-venture. This combines Tesco’s 134 stores across the country with CRE’s 2,900 outlets, and means its loss-making Chinese operations won’t be forced to close.Tesco Asia chief executive Trevor Masters said that owning 20% of what is now China’s largest food retailer gave it a better market exposure than being the 100% owner of a second tier retailer.Trevor Masters“It’s clear this partnership provides us with a great long-term platform in China, helping to create a business which will benefit customers much more than Tesco or CRE could alone,” he said last week.More famously, its attempts to take on WalMart in the US, with its Fresh & Easy outlets, cost the firm over $1bn and was an unmitigated disaster. By Gavin van Marle 04/06/2014center_img The continuing pressure on the UK’s major supermarkets was again in evidence this morning, when the country’s largest food retailer, Tesco, reported some of the worst sales figures in its history.First-quarter sales in the UK were down 3.7% year-on-year, while international sales also fell, which means Tesco is likely to look to reduce supply chain costs in its quest to cut back on outgoings.And it would appear that there is a lot of work that remains. Some who have observed the Tesco supply chain at close quarters say the division it is not immune to considerable waste, not least with its use of CHEP pallets.The Loadstar understands that at least one company Tesco deals with, in terms of moving goods, has never had its CHEP account number requested.Tesco could be be losing huge sums of money on its usage of CHEP palletslast_img read more

Miracle Baseball League Helps Disabled Kids Play the Game They Love

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThirteen-year-old Justin Clemens loves baseball. Though born premature and covered with bruises after complications at birth, he’s more mature than most boys his age, has a great sense of humor and an outgoing personality. Cerebral palsy may limit Justin’s use of his left arm and both legs, but he plays his favorite sport on the Montgomery Miracle League. With help from parents and coaches he swings at pitches and scoots to first base with his walker. “When he’s going for home, he feels like a million bucks“… Baseball diamonds are mostly unplayable for people with wheelchairs and walkers. That’s why five years ago Diane Alford in Conyers, Ga., started the movement to fund parks to cater to kids and adults with physical challenges. Today there are 17 Miracle Leagues operating from Phoenix to Florida, New Jersey to Minnesota. Another 61 fields are in some phase of construction helping to fulfill Diane’s goal of 500 diamonds serving 1.3 million children. The Miracle field surface is made up of a custom-designed, cushioned, synthetic turf to accommodate wheel chairs and walkers. The stadium restrooms are completely accessible to people with disabilities and the dugouts make it easy for wheelchairs to easily roll in and out. Whether it’s autism or spina bifida, Down syndrome or blindness, the Miracle League is a “field of dreams” for kids and adults who want to be a part of America’s pastime. Their motto is “Every Child Deserves A Chance To Play Baseball,” but it takes a lot of time and money to keep the Miracle League up and running — even once the park is built. To help keep Justin and his teammates of Montgomery, Alabama, in the game, you can send a tax-deductible check made payable to The City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Miracle League Field Project to the address below. Or make a donation online using Paypal or credit card to the national organization on their Donations page. Parks and Recreation Department of Montgomery Miracle League Fund 1010 Forest Avenue Montgomery, Alabama 36106 (334) 300-1088 or (334) 201-0199 Or e-mail them To find where Miracle Leagues are being built or to start a league in your community, please contact the national office at (770) 760-1933 or (770) 241-8694 or e-mail them (Justin’s full story can be found in Montgomery Advertiser) UPDATE, May 4- A new field breaks ground in Auburn, ready to deliver their dreams to kids like Colt Stillwell. His mother says even though faced with day-to-day challenges, “This means he can feel like one of the guys.” (Auburn News) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Most Fitness Apps Don’t Use Proven Motivational Techniques

first_imgNPR:If you downloaded a fitness app and didn’t become a workout ninja, it may be that the app lacked the scientifically tested motivational techniques that would help get you off the couch.Instead, most popular fitness apps focus more on teaching you how to do the exercise, according to researchers at Penn State University who analyzed the 200 top apps.“You need motivational support to turn that knowledge into action,” says David Conroy, a kinesiology professor at Penn State who led the study, which was published Tuesday in theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine.And that’s where most of the 200 apps examined fell flat.Slightly more than half of the apps offered at least a few recognized motivational techniques — mostly feedback on performance, goal-setting and planning social support. The other 46 percent focused on the how-tos.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Cape Flats gang film an Oscar contender

first_imgA Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller ‘Four Corners’ is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars.(Image: Vimeo)MEDIA CONTACTS• Genevieve Hofmeyr Founder, Partner & ProducerMoonlighting Films+27 21 447 2209Melissa Jane CookA Cape ganglands coming-of-age thriller ‘Four Corners’ is being touted as a serious contender in the best foreign language category for the 2014 Oscars.Directed by Ian Gabriel, the film has been selected as the official South African submission at the 86th Academy Awards.Threading together universal themes of love, loss, kinship, betrayal and redemption, Gabriel acutely reveals the gritty realities of a vicious gangland subculture. Harvesting depravation and violence, at the pinnacle of the narrative is a captivating message of inspiration and hope.The cast of Four Rooms is an ensemble of talent and combines veterans including Lindiwe Matshikiza (Zindzi Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), and many actors and bit players drawn from a pool of real people and actors, schools and chess clubs, all familiar with life on the Flats in the various gang-associated areas where filming took place.With the exception of the lead supporting actor Farakhan ( Brendon Daniels) and the lead actor Ricardo ( Jezriel Skei ) all the prison cast (youths and adults) were cast either from Victory Outreach, an outreach rehabilitative programme for ex -gang and drug users, and the Ottery Reformatory where actual juvenile offenders appeared in the juvenile quad scene.Filmed over five short weeks the film centres on a 13-year-old chess prodigy who’s drawn into Cape Town’s notorious child-gang culture. His absent father, recently released from prison, tries to break the pattern of violence and keep his son away from the ‘Four Corners’.Four lives change forever as the destinies of a reformed prison ‘general,’ a local cop, a charismatic gang leader and a surgeon back from London intersect with Ricardo.“Four corners, four lives and sounding boards influencing one boy’s life, reflecting the Four Corners of a chessboard and the Four Corners of a prison cell (literally ‘Vier Hoeke’ in Sabela prison slang – the secret language of the prison Number Gangs); each of these simple stories connected with the next to make up the Four Corners in the chessboard of Ricardo’s life,” says director Ian Gabriel on the Four Corners movie website.South Africa’s Cape Flats, located just outside Cape Town, an area of brutality and struggle. A society that spawned gangs and the gangs’ violent retaliation within it. For generations this hostile environment has been plagued by issues of poverty, depravation and disorder.Gabriel states on the website: “The world of the Cape Flats is so unique and such a different world that I knew the more we told the more we would need to tell. It wasn’t only with the actors that I wanted to achieve the sense of being ‘in the moment’ – I wanted that from the audience as well if that was possible, so that when finally there is a chase or there is a gun fight, which are staples of the gangster film genre, I wanted people to really feel and be in those moments and experience them, just as the community of families in the Cape Flats experience gangster turf outbursts from day to day on the streets, school-fields, playgrounds and block yards which are the chosen ‘battlegrounds.’”According to the website, the Cape Flats district of Mitchells Plain has the highest rates of murder, violence and property crime in the nation by a large margin, with neighbouring districts having what are described as ‘abnormally high’ murder rates for more than a decade.Cape Town is home to South Africa’s toughest maximum security prison – Pollsmoor, so this space makes for a compelling setting for Gabriel’s Four Corners.This is the first film to delve into the hundred year-old war between South Africa’s Numbers Gangs, the 26s and the 28s. It blends Sabela, Tsotsi taal (slang originally used by criminals), Cape Afrikaans and English.In an article titled South Africa Comes of Age, the pre-eminent industry trade publication, The Hollywood Reporter, enthused about “the high hopes for the child gang thriller Four Corners, the country’s contender in the foreign language Oscar race”.Gavin Hood, director of the 2006 Academy Award winning South African film Tsotsi introduced Four Corners at a VIP screening on the 24 November in Beverly Hills in Los Angeles in the United States. He said: “Watching your beautifully made, heartfelt film brought tears to my eyes. Tears of sadness, and of pride.”Hood specifically acknowledged the outstanding performances of undiscovered, bright new talent alongside more seasoned actors. “This is a story about a group of young people, many of whom have never acted before, seeing their community on screen for the first time, making a searingly honest piece of art.”Giant Films’ Cindy Gabriel and Moonlighting Films’ Genevieve Hofmeyr produced the independent and South African-financed Four Corners – which is director Ian Gabriel’s second feature film, following the highly acclaimed Forgiveness.Producer, Genevieve Hofmeyr, said that they were able to produce the picture – which was in development for four years – with the assistance of the National Film and Video Foundation and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. The Little Film Company is handling international sales.The movie releases on 7 February 2014 in South Africa through Indigenous Film Distribution.“It’s a great privilege for us to be representing such a prestigious film,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution. “As it is South Africa’s official submission for the Oscars, we are all keen to see how the world responds. It’s an ambitious film that delves deep into the human story behind the longstanding gang warfare that has a daily impact on the lives of people living on the Flats.”The soundtrack for Four Corners is composed by South African composer Markus Wormstorm. The film uses ‘found’ and original South African music by musicians as diverse as Felix laBand, Khuli Chana, Hemelbesem, Rattex, Jits Vinger, Cream, Kyle Shepherd and Isaac Mutant.“I hope to leave the audience with an experience that will stay with them after they leave the cinema. If they remember that this special world of the Cape Flats exists and is not only more dangerous, but also much richer than they knew, that will be very satisfying for us as film makers and for the communities and families we worked with,” concludes Gabriel.last_img read more

Big Data: Small Companies More Aggressive in Adoption of Big Data

first_imgSteve Lucas, executive vice president and general manager of database and technology for SAP, said that “Big data is the unprecedented growth and convergence of social, device, equipment and corporate data. There is an incredible amount of noise being created and without a strategy, companies will get lost in the noise. Big data is instant access to data and with instant insight, companies can be agile, act on emerging trends, engage with their customer base and also expose potential risks.” More efficient business operations (59 percent)Improved sales (54 percent)Lower IT costs (50 percent)Greater agility (48 percent)Improved ability to attract and retain customers (46 percent) Small companies see opportunities in Big Data.  A recent survey of SMEs by SAP finds that 76 percent have plans for using Big Data and analytics.  70 percent of SMEs making investment in Big Data initiatives expect to be able to achieve a return on their investment within the first year.Benefits that can be derived from Big Data include:last_img read more

David Kirby: Lead by Empowering Others to Achieve

first_imgAt AFF’s “Lunch with a Leader” on October 23, Cato vice president and senior fellow David Kirby considered the definition of success and related practical leadership advice grounded in personal experience.“When I first started managing people, I failed a lot. So I started to look for examples, and I ended up combining elements of the management philosophies of various entrepreneurs. I experimented and found what worked.”Kirby delineated two key components of leadership: management style/philosophy and motivating others.Forget everything you think you know about management. Effective managers are leaders in the sense that they motivate, guide, and empower a team.Resist the urge to lecture, maintain strict control, and solve other people’s problems. Rather, empower others to achieve and get out of the way. Kirby explained:“There are two types of people I never want to work with: the kind of people who want to tell others what to do, and the kind of people who want to be told what to do. As a team leader, you don’t want to be the first type and you don’t want your team to be the second type—you’ll be exhausted and your team will be completely dependent.”Build a team of passionate people and develop a vision—shared beliefs and boundaries—that everyone owns. Shared beliefs will motivate your team. Boundaries will empower individuals to operate freely and confidently, and establish accountability. Then challenge your team to get things done by solving their own problems and answering their own questions (within those parameters).Of course, there isn’t necessarily one perfect formula. As your career progresses, observe the management styles and motivational tactics of those around you for inspiration. Regardless of what philosophy you choose, management, and leadership, are learned over time.Interested in learning more about AFF opportunities for students? Contact Greta Pisarczyk, director of student outreach for America’s Future Foundation, at [email protected]last_img read more

Empowering Our Private Cloud Through API Exposure

first_imgThe RESTful model is easy for developers to use in terms of methodology with specific methods (GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE).REST is based on HTTP, which is designed to scale and is tolerant of network latency—very important in the cloud.If you call an API multiple times with the same data, the calls return the same result, which facilitates retry and error-handling scenarios.We’re adamant about API exposure at every layer of our private cloud for one reason: automation supports a highly agile environment and is essential to the success of our hybrid cloud strategy. Please check out the paper and tell us what you are doing in this space. I would love to read about everyone’s ideas.- CathyCatherine Spence is an Enterprise Architect and PaaS Lead for the Intel IT Cloud program.Connect with Cathy on LinkedInRead more posts by Cathy on the ITPN Why Is This so Important?First, as Amazon foresaw, you cannot scale fast enough unless you automate and to do so you need APIs. Intel IT, acting as its own cloud provider, requires automation and self-service. If all you have is a GUI with no scripting capabilities, you cannot automate. For example, you cannot scale out and add more applications, and—just as importantly—scale back as business needs change. Therefore, we strive to provide an API and a command-line interface for every layer in our private cloud—including IaaS, PaaS, and DBaaS.Automation, enabled by APIs, also helps IT keep our costs down and do more with less—the IT mantra of the century. Current industry data suggests that in a highly automated environment, a single system admin can manage 1,000 servers or more. While we haven’t reached that point yet, we have made significant strides in increasing automation and providing more services without increasing cost. More importantly, automation is critical for business agility supported by self-service capabilities. As the speed of business increases, users need tools and automation to “do it themselves” as opposed to waiting for specialized personnel to act on their behalf.Finally, exposing APIs is a critical part of our move to a hybrid cloud model, where workloads can be balanced among clouds by using policies. Without consistent API exposure, such a hybrid cloud model would be impossible.How Have We Implemented API Exposure at Intel?We strongly encourage our application developers to create cloud-aware applications—even the cloud itself should incorporate cloud-aware principles. Part of being cloud-aware is implementing small, stateless components designed to scale out and using web services to interact among components. We are heavily promoting the use of RESTful APIs for web services, for several reasons: Back in the early 2000s, Amazon may have been the progenitor of today’s API economy, when the company CEO issued a mandate that all teams must expose their data and functionality through service interfaces. While Intel IT’s executives have not issued such a directive, we make sure that every layer in our enterprise private cloud exposes and consumes web services through APIs. In fact, this a key component of our overall hybrid cloud strategy, as described in the enterprise private cloud white paper we recently published. As the IT Principal Engineer for Intel’s cloud efforts, I’ve taken APIs’ important role to heart and have integrated this concept into our architecture.last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humbling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame apologises for Liverpool humblingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United midfielder Mo Diame says the away fans deserved better after their 4-0 defeat at Liverpool.Newcastle have not won at Liverpool since 1994 in the top flight but even with their side four goals down the fans still backed the players.Diame was taken aback by their support, and told the Evening Chronicle: “It showed how amazing they are and it shows how loyal the fans are.“We know as players we are at a massive club but it is massive because of them.“They are showing this week-in, week-out.“We just want to thank them and apologise for the result.” last_img

Nestle buying vitamin supplement maker Atrium Innovations

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Nestle, the maker of Hot Pockets and Purina dog food, is expanding into vitamins and supplements by buying Atrium Innovations for $2.3 billion.Canada-based Atrium Innovations makes Garden of Life gummy vitamins, protein powder and protein bars. Atrium also makes fish oil capsules and other supplements under different brand names.Packaged food makers like Nestle are looking for ways to appeal to people who favour fresher foods or worry about the ingredients they eat. Nestle, for example, recently bought frozen vegetarian burrito maker Sweet Earth.The Swiss food and beverage giant is buying Atrium from a group of investors led by private-equity firm Permira Funds. It expects the deal to close in early 2018 and Atrium will become part of Nestle’s health science business, which makes Boost shakes.last_img read more

Kohli blasts match referee over no ball gaffe

first_imgBengaluru: A livid Virat Kohli on Thursday stormed into the match referee’s room and hurled abuses at him following Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) home defeat against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was marred by a glaring umpiring blooper that cost RCB dear, reports said. According to a report, right after the presentation ceremony, a furious Kohli barged into match referee Manu Nayyar’s room and used abusive language to let his displeasure known. As per the report, Kohli even told the match referee that he didn’t care if he was penalised for violating the code of conduct. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhNeeding 41 runs from 4 overs, RCB looked to be cruising against MI at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru before Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga tightened the screws on the home team and won the game for MI by 6 runs. But the game will be remembered for umpire S. Ravi’s failure to spot a no-ball off the final delivery of the match. With RCB needing six runs from the last ball to tie the game, Lasith Malinga bowled a dot ball, but replays showed it should have been a no-ball as he overstepped. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRCB skipper Virat Kohli made his displeasure known at the end of the game, saying that the teams were not playing club cricket and the officials needed to be more careful. During the presentation ceremony, Kohli said: “We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call (last ball). If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there.” MI skipper Rohit Sharma too backed Kohli and said that these mistakes shouldn’t happen as they were game changers. “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. Somebody told me it was a no ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it’s pretty simple. In the over before that, Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn’t a wide. Those are game changers. There’s a TV up there, they have to watch what’s happening. It is as simple as that. “Players can’t do much. The only thing they can do is walk off and shake hands because it was the last ball. It’s disappointing to see that. I hope they rectify their mistakes like we do when we make mistakes,” Sharma rued. A senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India said the howler in Thursday’s match was waiting to happen since there have been no proper assessment and judgement. “What you saw (yesterday) was a symptom and not the disease. It has been two years since the Umpires’ Committee functioned. The process that was followed earlier was that the umpires were assessed during the year by a panel of former umpires who were on the Umpires’ Committee. “The committee members were also free to visit and see the assessment being done. All of that went out of the window once the Committee of Administrators (CoA) moved in lock, stock and barrel. Mistakes happened then too, but there was a system because of which the umpires were apprehensive since they were being judged,” the official said.last_img read more