ECR Blog

ECR Blog

Each month we ask a leading academic or key industry thought leader to contribute their thoughts on a ‘hot’ topic relevant to the industry.  This is your opportunity to engage with leading professionals, ask questions or indeed propose an area that you would like covered.


Blog Post
August 14, 2017

Omni-Channel Returns – What is the true cost of a return?

There are few retail sectors, if any, not impacted by the growth of online shopping and this growth is showing...

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Blog Post
August 1, 2017

RFID – How do you make it pay?

At the ‘peak of inflated expectations’, RFID was going to revolutionise the shopping journey, no more boring time to be spent...

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Blog Post
July 25, 2017

Collaboration – what does it take for it to be sustained and how can retail organisations get started?

With one-third of food made for human consumption being wasted, everything points to the need for all the actors to...

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Blog Post
July 11, 2017

Self-Scan Systems – The second significant research project from ECR Community Shrink and OSA Group.

What is the measurable impact of these systems on levels of retail loss, what are the main drivers of self-scan...

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Inventory accuracy
Blog Post
July 4, 2017

Inventory Accuracy – does more accurate inventory grow sales, if so by how much and what investment is required to improve it?

With billions invested in replenishment and forecasting systems, which are reliant on inventory records, it would seem almost a rude...

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Blog Post, ECR Community Shrinkage and On-Shelf Availability Group
June 28, 2017

Investing in Research – Keeping it Fresh

Someone recently asked why it is that the ECR Community Shrink & OSA Group has kept going for so long?...

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ECR Community, Letter from America, Shrink Group, OSA,
Blog Post
June 12, 2017

Letter from America – June 2017

Technology was certainly a key theme at our recent ECR Workgroup on Shrinkage and On-Shelf Availability in Dusseldorf, Germany. We...

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ECR mentoring scheme
Blog Post
May 29, 2017

ECR UK’s Mentoring scheme grows to involve 270 people

We all need a trusted advisor at some points in our careers, and many of us will have a formal...

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Food waste article
Blog Post
May 11, 2017

ESM Sell More Waste Less article

Click on the image to read the most recent ECR Community Shrink and OSA Group featured in ESM.  Of significant...

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Blog Post, Katerina Pramatari ELTRUN e-Business Research Centre
March 28, 2017

Customers perceptions of Click and Collect

A study in consumer perceptions has recently concluded at the ELTRUN e-business Research Center in Athens University of Economics &...

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Ecologistico Small Logo ECR Italy
Andrea Fossa, Blog Post, Co-Founder & CEO at GreenRouter
March 15, 2017

Ecologistico2 by ECR Italy: a gym for the Supply Chain

Awareness of climate change is growing and key variables behind it cannot be ignored any more – especially after COP21,...

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ECR Community Food Waste
Blog Post
March 15, 2017

European Court of Auditors Weighs in on Food Waste

The European Court of Auditors have published a special report on Combating Food Waste.  Last week at the Forum on...

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Social Supermarket
Ass. Prof. Dr. Christina Holweg, Blog Post
February 15, 2017

Social Supermarkets – Helping those most in need

First Report on Social Supermarkets in Europe Social supermarkets (SSMs) have developed as an unique retail format across several European...

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Feeding Ireland's Future
Blog Post
February 13, 2017

Feeding Ireland’s Future in 2017

ECR Ireland has launched its Feeding Ireland’s Future (FIF) 2017 campaign to take place during March 2017.  The idea of...

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Activation Program Management Team, Blog Post
February 1, 2017

We’re Listening

With the launch of our new strategy, ECR Community is now ready to start a new phase in our development....

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ECR Community Waste Group
Blog Post, ECR Community Shrinkage and On-Shelf Availability Group
January 30, 2017

Collaboration is the key to tackling food waste

As one industry observer said wryly, “everyone is talking about collaboration but the reality is very few organisations, large and...

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bricks and clicks IGD
Blog Post, Chris Irish
January 19, 2017

The Path to Profitability

Online is changing the face of retail across the world, and one of the key drivers is consumers’ thirst for...

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Blog Post, ECR Spain / AECOC
January 2, 2017

5 Key Trends for manufacturers and distributions in 2017

According to Nielsen, at the recent Outlook for Consumer Goods in 2017, organized by AECOC 2016 will end with a growth...

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Blog Post, Valentin Wepfer
December 6, 2016

Traceability does not work without Collaboration

Nowadays traceability is a key factor when talking about supply chain compliance and security. Looking at the healthcare sector, there...

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Adrian Beck
Adrian Beck, Blog Post, Shrink & OSA Group
November 15, 2016

Welcome to the Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group!

Since it was established in 1999, the Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group has become one of the key drivers of...

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