May 19, 2020

Wonky fruit & veg proves a hit in Tesco, cucumbers and courgettes added

Tesco
UK food retail
Food manufacturing in the UK
Real GDPR
2 min
Wonky fruit & veg proves a hit in Tesco, cucumbers and courgettes added

Tesco has launched a brand new range of low-priced ‘wonky’ cucumbers to help customers looking to save over the summer months. Courgettes will also be added to the range next week. 

The cucumbers are priced at 35p per 100g and will form part of the Perfectly Imperfect range, which already includes parsnips, potatoes and strawberries.

Matt Simister, Commercial Director for Fresh Food and Commodities at Tesco said: “Providing great quality produce at low prices is clearly something our customers find really helpful, and we’re expecting our new Perfectly Imperfect cucumbers to prove just as popular as the rest of the range. We want to do everything we can to cut food waste, and we’ll continue to do more to help our suppliers and customers reduce the amount of food that is wasted from farm to fork.”

The Perfectly Imperfect range has proved extremely popular with Tesco customers, and since it was launched:

  • Sales volumes of Perfectly Imperfect are ten times bigger now than they were when the range was introduced, thanks to increased customer awareness as well as a rapid expansion of the range;
  • Sales of Perfectly Imperfect Apples have more than trebled; and
  • Sales of Perfectly Imperfect Parsnips have more than doubled.
     

It is expected the Perfectly Imperfect range will be expanded to cover up to 10 different types of fruit and vegetables. From next week Perfectly Imperfect courgettes will also be on sale at Tesco stores.

Simister commented further in a blog post: "It’s a big help for our suppliers because it gives them the confidence that we can take much more of their crop, maximising the amount of fresh produce that we can sell in our stores to our customers at low prices. Perfectly Imperfect apples have increased the amount of crop we can take to 97%, while our Perfectly Imperfect strawberries mean we can take 95%.

"We’ve been amazed by just how popular the range has been with our customers. It’s been flying off the shelves - we launched with just parsnips and potatoes, but since then we’ve responded to our customer’s demands and grown the range to include strawberries and apples too.

"We’ve just launched Perfectly Imperfect cucumbers and we’ll be adding courgettes to the range from next week. We need to stay flexible and take volumes of the lines when supplies occur, which means our store distribution will vary from product to product and from week to week."

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Jun 23, 2021

Expo 2020: SAP Ariba to Digitise and Automate Procurement

SAP
Ariba
Expo2020
Dubai
3 min
SAP Ariba solutions will digitise and automate procurement processes for more than 25,000 Expo 2020 Dubai suppliers

Expo 2020, a World Expo that is set to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was originally scheduled to run from 20th October 2020 until 10th April 2021, but, as with just about everything in the world of supply chain, the COVID-19 pandemic forced event organisers to postpone the highly-anticipated get-together. The new date for the Expo, which will be hosted in the Dubai Exhibition Centre, spanning across a 438-hectare space, is Friday 1st October, until 31st March 2022. But, there will be limitations to who can and cannot attend the event, so SAP has stepped in to fix the problem. 

 

What is Expo 2020?

‘Expo 2020 and SAP have run a series of onboarding summits for Expo’s valued supply chain network. As Expo’s procurement needs shift from construction to interior fit-outs, facilities management and technology services, Expo 2020 and SAP will continue to provide ongoing one-on-one support, including a dedicated helpdesk, to guide suppliers throughout the evolution to digital transactions and processes.

 

Expo 2020 Dubai, which will open its doors to the world from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022, is the first World Expo and only the second mega-event to secure a Procurement Excellence Award from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply.’

 

SAP Ariba’s Solution

In a recent announcement, it was told that more than 25,000 of Expo 2020 Dubai’s local and global suppliers would benefit from a real-time, unified digital procurement and payment platform, thanks to technology provided by SAP, the events Innovative Enterprise Software Partner. 

 

The solution, provided by SAP Ariba, will supposedly fully digitise and automate the procure-to-pay lifecycle, providing a streamlined digital experience for Expo 2020’s suppliers while simultaneously enhancing transparency and efficiency across the event’s global supply chain. ‘The global technology company’s cloud-based SAP Ariba procurement solutions run on its UAE public cloud data centre and connect to Ariba Network enabling buyers and suppliers to connect and transact’, according to SAP

 

Mohammed AlHashmi, Chief Technology Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: ‘Expo 2020 is a long-term investment in the future that aims to enhance opportunities for sustainable business connectivity and growth in both domestic and international economies. Our partnership with SAP is an example of what can be achieved with the invaluable support of our technology partners to host one of the most digitally advanced World Expos ever. The implementation of SAP Ariba solutions has transformed our end-to-end procure-to-pay cycle and helped set new standards of procurement automation for projects of this scale.’

 

Through SAP Ariba’s collaborative and mobile-friendly platform, any registered suppliers at Expo 2020 will be able to participate in sourcing events and the negotiation and signing of contracts; users will also be able to submit invoices and track payments in real-time. According to the platform, Expo 2020 has already transacted in excess of AED 1 billion on the platform, ‘highlighting its commitment to driving long-term business growth in the region and beyond, with a particular focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).’

 

Claudio Muruzabal, President of EMEA South, SAP, said: ‘Expo 2020 Dubai is demonstrating global best practices in digitising its procurement process with SAP Ariba solutions to help gain visibility into its spend, tighten collaboration with its suppliers, and achieve process automation, including completely paperless invoicing. Expo 2020 has already brought more than AED 1 billion in spend under management with SAP Ariba solutions.’

 

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