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Data Transparency Takes Centre Stage Throughout the Pandemic Blog 02 Sep 2020 Product Data Data Transparency Takes Centre Stage Throughout the Pandemic The rate of change in consumer demand witnessed over the past few months has been unprecedented, calling attention to the importance of effective lines of communication between suppliers and retailers.  As demand for certain products spiked and supply chains experienced disruption, information sharing and access to accurate information became critical for both parties. Suppliers needed real–time information on the products being taken from and those […]
Overcoming the Barriers to Supply Chain Transparency in Soy Blog 12 Aug 2020 Product Data Overcoming the Barriers to Supply Chain Transparency in Soy Soy is one of the world’s most important crops, finding its way into animal feed, vegetable oil, even industrial chemicals. It is one of the most intensively grown: worldwide 1 in 10 acres of agricultural land is dedicated to soy. And it’s one of the most impactful: soy is the second biggest driver of deforestation […]
Consumers Are Ready to Be Analytically Educated Blog 07 Aug 2020 Product Data Consumers Are Ready to Be Analytically Educated Creating financially aware and healthier lives for consumers post-COVID   Retail has always been one of the most innovative industries in the world by being incredibly responsive to the consumer, moving quickly, and being at the cutting edge of developing new technology. This has been no more apparent than how grocery retailers with a physical […]
Part 2: If Necessity is the Mother of Innovation, Pandemics are the Father of Transformation Blog 06 Jul 2020 E2E Value Chain Part 2: If Necessity is the Mother of Innovation, Pandemics are the Father of Transformation From surviving to thriving, an opportunity to transform with the new normal   As companies have largely stabilized operations, regardless of whether they have had the good fortune of being considered essential by consumers (e.g. cleaning products, pharmaceuticals) or the misfortune of the opposite (e.g. cosmetics, travel), leaders have been shifting their vision to what […]
Consumers and the ‘New Normal’: Which Retail Changes Could Become Permanent as a Result of COVID-19? Blog 03 Jul 2020 Corporate Consumers and the ‘New Normal’: Which Retail Changes Could Become Permanent as a Result of COVID-19? The retail sector has weathered its fair share of storms in recent years, from business rates to the growing influence of e-commerce. But even if retail veterans have become seasoned crisis responders, industry challenges do not always directly affect consumer behaviour. This is emphatically untrue in the case of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has created […]
We Are In This Together: How COVID-19 Has Accelerated The Need For Partnerships Blog 16 Jun 2020 E2E Value Chain We Are In This Together: How COVID-19 Has Accelerated The Need For Partnerships We recently conducted dedicated research to gather the perspectives on how retailers and suppliers are being impacted and are adapting in key markets around the world: China, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the UK. We have also collected detailed feedback from the remainder of our 40 markets. Their stories explore the tensions brought about by […]
A Light at the End of the Tunnel: Preparing for a Post-COVID-19 Retail Industry Blog 10 Jun 2020 Corporate A Light at the End of the Tunnel: Preparing for a Post-COVID-19 Retail Industry The global economy is deep into the worst economic crisis of the last 100 years. Across the Middle East and North Africa, the economic outlook is perhaps even more severe than elsewhere, as the region faces unprecedented dual shocks from COVID-19 and the collapse in oil prices. With malls closed and social distancing in place, […]
Creating a Recall Ready Community: Being Ready and Being Responsive Blog 09 Jun 2020 E2E Value Chain Creating a Recall Ready Community: Being Ready and Being Responsive I have been involved in the Consumer Goods Industry for almost 43 years and in all that time, I have never experienced a situation like we have today with the COVID-19 crisis. There is a lesson to be learned in this: consumer health and safety is protected when we ensure our industry is both ‘ready’ […]
Collaboration for Healthier Lives in the UK:  Industry Acting Together with Stakeholders to Support Families Blog 08 Jun 2020 Collaboration for Healthier Lives Collaboration for Healthier Lives in the UK: Industry Acting Together with Stakeholders to Support Families The Consumer Goods Forum’s ambition to drive healthier behaviours in the UK started with the launch of the Collaboration for Healthier Lives (CHL) UK initiative eighteen months ago. CHL is a global initiative adapted by individual countries that aims to make it easier for people to adopt healthier lives for themselves and their families. In […]
The Recyclable Toothpaste Tube: Colgate’s Journey Blog 19 May 2020 Plastic Waste The Recyclable Toothpaste Tube: Colgate’s Journey In 2014, Colgate issued its first formal packaging sustainability goals, which included a commitment for all packaging to be recyclable by 2020 for three categories: Pet Nutrition, Home Care, and Personal Care. Conspicuous for its absence was our big Oral Care business. There, against the daunting challenge of making toothpaste tubes recyclable, our 2020 commitment […]
The Values of Values: Capturing the Value (Having Impact) Blog 30 Apr 2020 Corporate The Values of Values: Capturing the Value (Having Impact) In our 3-part series on ‘the value of values’ so far, we’ve defined: what values are, how they’re used, how a company can identify its values, and how to commit to them with action. Today, we’ll close out the series by looking at the positive impact that results from ‘walking the talk.’ The proverbial ‘value […]
COVID-19 and the Invisible Workers in Our Value Chains Blog 29 Apr 2020 Human Rights - Working to End Forced Labour COVID-19 and the Invisible Workers in Our Value Chains During this global pandemic, essential workers are at the frontlines ensuring that society can continue. These individuals in our businesses, supply chains and communities are doing all they can to ensure we are fed and remain safe. Their herculean efforts are garnering words of appreciation and support from individuals and organizations from around the world […]
The Values of Values: Walking the Talk (Taking Action) Blog 24 Apr 2020 Corporate The Values of Values: Walking the Talk (Taking Action) This is the second of three articles in our series about ‘the value of values’. Last week we defined what values are and how they’re used. Today, we’ll begin to ‘walk the talk’ – exploring how to identify your unique values and committing to them with action. The final article will capture the multiple levels […]
#EarthDay: Why Sustainability Must Remain an Industry Priority Despite Covid-19 Blog 22 Apr 2020 Environmental Sustainability #EarthDay: Why Sustainability Must Remain an Industry Priority Despite Covid-19 This year’s Earth Day has taken on new significance, as the global community continues to grapple to control the Covid-19 pandemic, an unprecedented crisis in our modern times with far-reaching and inter-connected global challenges and consequences. This crisis has demonstrated how much we depend on each other, as one humanity living on one planet, for […]
Part 1: If Necessity is the Mother of Innovation, Pandemics are the Father of Transformation Blog 20 Apr 2020 E2E Value Chain Part 1: If Necessity is the Mother of Innovation, Pandemics are the Father of Transformation Leading with agility to overcome supply chain and employee safety challenges   The world as we know it has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consumer goods companies are in the middle of this storm. Specifically, demand for essential products from food to hand sanitizers has exploded while the supply chains to deliver them […]
The Values of Values: Setting the Course (Defining Values) Blog 14 Apr 2020 Corporate The Values of Values: Setting the Course (Defining Values) This is the first of three articles in a series about ‘the value of values’ in which we will highlight values as a guiding principle for positive impact. We’ll begin by defining what values are, how they’re used, and their evolution for use in business. The second article will be about walking the talk: identifying […]