Showing posts with label GCA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label GCA. Show all posts

Tuesday 23 June 2015

The GCA-GSCOP five-issue approach to optimisation of supplier-retailer relationships.....

Some indication of the steady progress being made by the GCA can be gleaned from the latest YouGov survey (here), but nothing beats participating in yesterday's 2nd Annual Conference, a unique mix of Sales, Finance and Legal stakeholders, all sharing a common interest in optimising the supplier-retailer relationship.

(NamTip: key for NAMs to have a detailed knowledge of GSCOP in order to fulfill their co-ordinating role re the major customer)

At the start of the GSCOP process, the GCA was faced with what could have been an overwhelming number of potential issues. However, by focusing on a rolling five-issue 'hit-list', Christine Tacon was able to help both suppliers and retailers focus on a manageable set of issues within GSCOP as follows:

Top Five Issues:
1. Consumer complaints (processing charges by retailer) - New (in discussion)

2. Delays in payment (failure to pay suppliers within agreed time periods) - New (in discussion)

3. Forecasting/service levels (issues arising re forecasting and call-off/delivery) - Live (currently under discussion with each party)

4. Requests for lump sums: (see GSCOP) - Live (currently under discussion with each party)

5. Packaging & design charges (possible excess over market rates) - Live (currently under discussion with each party)

Forensics: third party audits (2 year limit on claims) - Closed (meaning agreement has been reached on process and  interpretation. Any further instances will be regarded as in breach)

Drop and drive - delivery performance:
(issues around possible discrepancies between deliveries and receipts - Closed (see Forensics)

As can be seen above, given that two issues are 'Closed', five issues remain. At yesterday's conference it was announced that the Consumer complaints issue is now closed. This means the GCA is now in the process of prioritising a new issue, to be determined by degree of relevance to suppliers/retailers i.e. your opportunity to submit details of perceived breaches either directly to the GCA, or via your trade association.

It has taken many years to reach this point in the evolution of supplier-retailer relationships. The application of GSCOP is now gathering momentum but still requires 'proof of purchase' in order to access the benefits

Your input can help...

NB GCA Conference: Speaker presentations now available here

Wednesday 18 February 2015

Allan, key to the Tesco fine-tune?

If we assume that much of the heavy lifting has been completed at Tesco (???), then the appointment of John Allan has to be about tightening the bolts on the Tesco rebuild.

True, the SFO and GCA issues are still in the pipeline, but if the broad procedures anticipating their inevitable outputs are not already in place, then we are all in trouble...

Moreover, pro-active suppliers will already have anticipated the outcome of the Tesco product-cull (think obvious over-laps by function, undifferentiated me-toos, products that are in the assortment because of back margin, rather than consumer demand, and slow-yielding 'experimental' products outside the core Tesco offering) and pushed on half-open doors elsewhere...

So that leaves John Allan's probable MO:

Taking some key features of an Allen-key might provide some pointers:
  • The tool is simple, small and light: an essential requirement in fine-tuning...
  • The contact surfaces of the screw or bolt are protected from external damage: See Contract of Employment 
  • There are six contact surfaces between bolt and driver: Having ensured driver-bolt fit, little scope for slippage in addressing problems
  • Torque is constrained by the length and size of the key: Hopefully, given the retail experience, little danger of over-doing the treatment
  • Very small bolt heads can be accommodated: Even minor issues will receive attention, just-in-case...
  • The tool can be manufactured very cheaply, so one is often included with products requiring end-user assembly: "If the tool is right, don't ask the price..."
  • Either end of the tool can be used to take advantage of reach or torque: A need to bend over backwards for sensitive issues?
  • The tool is L-shaped: Perfect for current flat-line environment (An L-shaped recovery involves a sharp decline in key metrics followed by a long period of flat or stagnant growth).

Finally, remembering that we are still talking about Tesco, with a variety of heritage problems that may resist first attempts, the tool can be reconditioned using an electric grinder by removing the worn-out part, and then works like new...

* Apologies to the Allen Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut...