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US retailer plays chicken with notorious egg supplier

US retailer comes under fire for supplier failure

When a major, well-known and generally respected retail brand retains a supplier with a shady track record for food sourcing, it should hardly be a surprise when that supplier drags that retailer into a PR fiasco. In the recent case of a popular US retailer (which stocks everything from cleaning supplies to electronics to groceries), and Hillandale Farms of Gettysburg, the question of “the chicken and the egg” and which comes first is quite a literal one, as it relates to who gets the blame.

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Another Chinese supplier drops McDonald's in the fryer


In the latest example of the extent to which a geographically far-flung supplier can negatively impact a corporation’s reputation, we present the case of McDonald’s and their Chinese french fry supplier.

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The Grocer: Dairy Crest looks to cut costs with outsourcing move

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The Grocer mentions Proxima's multi-year contract with Dairy Crest to improve performance across its business and supply chain.

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Proxima selected by Dairy Crest for long term outsource contract

LONDON, UK - July 28, 2014 - Proxima, the global procurement services provider, announces today that it has been appointed on a multi-year contract to manage the costs of all indirect categories at Dairy Crest, the leading British dairy products company. 

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New way of looking at an old problem

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The European Food & Beverage Market is in a state of turmoil. Increasingly regular headlines are being published around deficiencies in quality standards and growing contamination cases. The reputation and financial damage of these headlines can be critical for any business operating in an already tumultuous industry (as discussed in my previous post).

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A moving feast for the Dutch Food & Beverage Market

Dutch food and beverage industry

For Dutch food and beverage (F&B) businesses, improving margins is a constant challenge and breaking out of the commodity trap is the name of the game.

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Proxima success story: An energy boost for professional services

Learn how Proxima applied their catalytic thinking right across a multi-billion dollar global snack business and reduced the professional services cost base by a tasty 10%.

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The Drum: Procurement departments now 'friends to agencies and marketers' says Coca-Cola

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Proxima's John Butcher discusses the evolution of marketing procurement with Coca-Cola Europe's procurement director

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Proxima success story: Clear proof - the bottle (UK)

When it came to reviewing the cost of manufacturing a bottle, Proxima took a Catalytic Approach. We looked beyond the contract itself to the entire context of what the bottle achieves for our client.

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"Waiter, is that pork in my moose lasagne?"


It’'s not my fault. It wasn’t me. Sound familiar? These are common excuses we’ve used since childhood. And while they may pass in many circumstances of private life, they don’t often fly in the corporate world. Pointing the finger usually doesn’t protect shareholder value nor avert corporate reputational damage.

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How much ‘horse-meat’ is in your supply chain?


With so much activity going on outside the direct control of an organization, it is in hindsight no surprise that there has been a reduction in the level of transparency of spending behaviors, and an increase in potential risks (both reputational and financial).

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Proxima signs procurement services contract with CSM for management of third-party expenditure

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - 4 September 2012.  Proxima, a leading provider of end-to-end procurement services to global, blue-chip corporations, today announced that it has signed a strategic procurement services contract for third-party expenditure with CSM.

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Procurement's impact on business performance according to Symington's


Sarah Bradley [SB], Purchasing Director at Symington's, discusses the key challenges for the Manufacturing Industry and Procurement's impact on Business Performance.

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Overcoming forecast uncertainty and volatility at Innocent Drinks


James Davenport [JD], Finance Director at Innocent Drinks discusses the challenges today's FD's face in light of increasingly volatile markets and procurement's role in alleviating some of that volatility.

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Supply chain finance and procurement at Coca Cola


Frits Van Zijdervelt, VP of Finance, European Supply Chain at Coca Cola Enterprises, discusses the intertwined roles of procurement and the greater supply chain.

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