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Hamburg - June 7th

Hamburg - June 7th

This ECR working group, made up of those managing food waste in the retail supply chain, producers and academics, will next meet in Hamburg, at the KLU Logistics University on June 7th

The meeting will be made up of four working sessions, with each covering an issue or theme suggested by the retailer and producer group members who include Carrefour, Rewe, Sonae, Aholddelhaize, Tesco, Asda and Danone.

Session 1: E-Commerce Food Waste Management: In theory, managing food waste in an e-commerce retail channel should be a simpler task than in traditional bricks and mortar stores. After all, there are fewer touch points, the volume per location is likely to be higher per sku and the demand more predictable, with product rotation more easily managed. However, there may be other factors to consider such as returns that may be more commonplace in e-commerce vs bricks & mortars. This session will be lead by Dr Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues of Cardiff Business School, who will introduce the session with an overview of a current research project with Ocado.

Session 2: Date Based Pricing Policy: In an interactive session, the group will discuss markdown strategy options, and explore open questions: to markdown or not to markdown? to markdown with or without business intelligence tools? to markdown at certain times of the day or at random times? In one location or within the main shelf? and others. Professor Broekmeulen and Dr Mutlu of Eindhoeven University will lead this session and share their proposal for new research on markdowns.

Session 3: Collaboration Model: In previous working group meetings, the group have debated and then created a maturity model for collaboration on food waste. The model sets out to define what it takes for retailers and producers to work together to reduce food waste while selling more? In this session, the group will "test run" the new online self assessment tool and discuss and agree new academic research to validate the model. The session will be lead by Dustin Wisotzky of Oliver Wyman, Dr Jane Lynch, Cardiff Business School and Dr Sandra Transchel of KLU Logistics University

Session 4: Improving Visibility to the Expiry Date: The ability for information systems to have visibility to the inventory per sku per expiry date could trigger new use cases that could help prevent food waste. Further, if the visibility could be improved in the store, then new use cases could be imagined to reduce waste, improve productivity and compliance. In this session, Tesco and other retailers will share insights on data embedded bar codes to date and the group will debate future responses to the challenge. This session will be lead by Colin Peacock

The working group meeting is free to attend for any retailer, producer or academic. Click here for the draft agenda and here for review of November working group meeting

To register, please click here.