AFGC / GRA Supply Chain Report 2018


The Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) and GRA have released an abridged version of the 2018 Supply Chain Survey Report, a biennial review of the key issues, opportunities, challenges, and emerging trends for supply chain executives across the Australian Food & Grocery sectors.

The purpose of the survey is to:

  • Measure supply chain performance across the industry and identify improvement opportunities
  • Provide the AFGC with a fact base to support the members via advocacy
  • Provide an industry specific benchmarking resource for members
  • Review top of mind issues impacting the industry
  • Track performance against industry led initiatives

The key areas assessed include:

  • Organisation & Supply Chain Overview
  • Cost Competitiveness
  • Industry Capability & Enablers
  • Customers & Consumers

In an industry so dependent on scale for profitability, the need for food and grocery suppliers to work together to meet the diversity of requirements for their customers has never been more important. It is for these reasons that the AFGC Supply Chain Survey is so timely and important. It provides us with an insight into industry trends and customer expectations, it also provides a safe harbour to collaborate with sometimes competing businesses, and it provides a platform to work together for the mutual benefit of all players; the consumer, the retailer and the supplier.

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GRA’s knowledge of the best practices in the end-to-end planning process is very impressive. With our Class A accreditation, Simplot already has an above average S&OP process embedded within the company, but GRA were able to suggest tangible improvements that will hopefully take Simplot to the next level in planning strategy and execution.

– Danny Mellon, GM Planning, Logistics & Procurement, Simplot

Typical results

  • 20-40% inventory investment reduction
  • increased service levels ranging up to 99.9%
  • 10%-15% reduction in supply chain operating costs
  • 5%-20% spend management savings
  • the ability to fund business initiatives from operating cash flow (OCF) improvements
  • improved return on capital employed (ROCE)
  • a minimum 3:1 ROI (10:1 to 30:1 typical)