It’s been a challenging yet rewarding time of late for the supply chain team here at Pod; the market has proven tough from Spring through to mid-Summer with definite signs of it being candidate short and skills-shortages being very apparent. Supply Chain skill-sets that we’ve been focussing on include statistical forecasting, customer collaboration, e-commerce and SAP PPDS; high calibre individuals who have experience across these facets are few and far between and we will be continuing to develop our networks across the first three skill-sets in the coming months (SAP PPDS will now be looked after by the newly created Supply Chain Technology Division, headed up by Chris Corcoran) to challenge this talent dearth.
We have had some fantastic success with new businesses in the past few months and have made our first supply chain placements to the likes of Gousto, Ferrero, Monica Vinader, Charlie Bigham’s and Bugaboo at both planner and manager level. The team are loving working with a mix of global, blue-chip businesses such as Henkel and Danone as well as some newer kids on the block who are just beginning to build and invest in their supply chains. We have an exclusive partnership with Little Freddie, a market-disrupting organic baby food business, and are building both their supply chain and procurement functions for their UK launch.
Market trends we’ve identified for the coming months include more emphasis on category innovation, a stronger drive towards omni-channel solutions and an increase in subscription-based businesses. Yes, it seems the world has gone barmy for subscription services; from satisfying your monthy beauty indulgence (the likes of Birchbox), to getting your craft beer fix (Beer52) and even weekly cheesy pleasing with a toastie subscription service (Cheese Posties)- what will they think of next?!