Jan 7, 2020
In this week's episode of The Grocery Insider, in association
with HRA Global, we speak to Jonathan Kittow from Simply Supply
Supply Chain as a Career - 0-6 minutes
- Introduction to Jonathan and Simply Supply Chain
- How attractive is the supply chain industry for graduates?
- Is Supply Chain being broken out from operations
- For B2B contacts for Supply Chain and Sales are the two parts
of any grocery business that touch other firms the most, would you
- Are you starting to see, due to tech and therefore how things
are being measured, has that lead to the roles within supply chain
being up-weighted or new roles within Supply Chain?
- As a profession has it got more strategic less
Defining Supply Chain and the role of Logistics - 6.00 - 11.30
A definition of Supply Chain - where does it stop where does it
start? What is it doing?
- Where would see procurement fit?
- Outsourcing logistics? Is this something that is new?
- Do you think the third-party logistics providers are making it
easier for product-focused firms to do that?
Retailers Priorities - 11.30 - 18.00
- Are you seeing people coming in straight into Supply
Chain from the data sciences or are they making a segway in from
- Just on the retailers, we have seen quite a few
changes in recent years in terms of how the retailers are
prioritising certain channels, how they are organising them. Do you
reach into that world and how would you summarise these changes
from the last three years?
- Are they integrating the supply chain across those
- Charging models particularly around groceries
changing with more of a subscription-based offer, how do you think
that will change going forward, will there be more Amazon-style
strategies moving forward?
Wholefoods and the Discount Model -
18.00 - 20.45 minutes
- Wholefoods, has much been going on there?
- The discount model, do you think they will be
changing their model or if it’s not broken, don’t fix it? Take Aldi
Supply Chain and Manufacturers -20.45 - 27.30
- Supply chain management in individual food and drink
manufacturers? How do they know they have got it right? How do they
benchmark and set areas to improve?
- Is there anything else that can be done?
- In terms of how simply supply chain work with firms,
is there one area that is in particular demand?
- Are you typically working at Supply Chain level, at
board level or do you work with MDs, where do you plug in
Accounting - 26.00 minutes
- So talking about behaviour change, do you think the
accounting within companies has progressed enough to pull out
product costs and how they vary in different channels?
The Future of Supply Chain - 27.30-37
- Looking forward to 2020, what can you see happening
in Supply Chain?
- Do you see much ex-retail supply chain folk, popping
up in manufacturing?
- If you were a fresh-faced grad starting out in
supply chain, what advice would you give? Is there a part of Supply
Chain they should focus on?