Welcome to The Grocery Trader’s first quarterly Back of Store feature of 2013, bringing you the latest news about the warehouse and logistics products and services available for Britain’s multiple grocers and their supply chains, and customer case studies from key suppliers of equipment and services.

As this feature shows, there is a wealth of suppliers well placed to equip the grocery retail sector’s supply chains with the tools for the job and the services to support them.

As sales growth continues in the UK grocery retail sector, the resources available for the back of store and supply chains continue to evolve and improve. Plastic reusable transit packaging (RTP) is an essential part of logistics for food retailing, and as reported on our front page the big news in this area is that LINPAC Allibert and Schoeller Arca Systems have joined together under one name, Schoeller Allibert, to become the world leader in this field.

The move offers customers direct access to an even broader range of RTP from a single source, and focuses the two former companies’ combined expertise on their service offering to help customers through every stage of the packaging process.

Also reported on our front page X2 Computing, a leading supplier of mobile computing solutions to the retail and order fulfilment market sectors, has launched the Tlantic Mobile Retail Suite (MRS), an innovative software solution that automates, and streamlines the entire supply chain.

Developed by Tlantic, one of Europe’s foremost developers of retail software, it will enable retailers to significantly increase efficiency and productivity by empowering staff to deliver a higher level of service to customers using tablets, smartphones and handheld computer devices.

The Tlantic Mobile Retail Suite has already helped Portugal’s leading home shopping operation to deliver faster, more accurate fulfillment of customer orders and achieve a rapid ROI, create competitive advantage and differentiate their back and front of house services against other retailers.

These are timely developments. Here, with the UK economy looking bleak, and shoppers moving away from outmoded retail models to online or digital formats for more of their purchases, manufacturers and multiple grocers alike are even more reliant than ever on their teams putting in a winning performance, to ensure the goods are there in all parts of the business for shoppers to buy.

The punters with cash to spend – and there are still plenty out there – are continuing to do so with the multiple grocery retailers, with a mix of purchasing online, the local superstore and the convenience outlet. The multichannel vision is now reality, and delivering product availability in the different channels is even more important than ever.

The Grocery Trader

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