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A 2018 retail forecast predicted a 14.8% rise in the UK’s grocery and food sector by 2023. When you think of grocery or food jobs, perhaps you first picture a checkout or shelf stacker role. But there’s a lot more to food retail than meets the eye.
Stocking any item with a shelf life requires careful logistical planning. Supply chain management ensures the availability of a product at the right place at the right time, with minimal waste.
Food supply chain knowledge and experience
The logistical issues involved in managing food supply chains are challenging and interesting. If you like problem-solving, systems and keeping abreast of the latest technological advancements, this is a great field for you. Search our current food supply vacancies here.
There are several routes into supply chain management, including starting on the shop floor, apprenticeships and NVQ- or university-level education.
Supply chain challenges remain similar, whatever the scale or aesthetic of the brand. In smaller stores, managers and entrepreneurs use their knowledge of the local market to inform their operations. Larger chains are developing increasingly intelligent algorithms to collect historical purchasing data and predict future customer demand. Knowledge of data processing and analytics methodologies is increasingly useful.
Working with fast moving consumer goods (FMCG)
Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) are products that are manufactured and sold quickly. This sector is driven by innovation and includes the range of goods you see on supermarket shelves every day.
Should I work with FMCG?
To have success in FMCG, you need to be an ideas person. It’s all about finding new ways to show off existing favourites. In this sector, skills and hard work matter more than qualifications.
If you fancy working with the top brands and being at the centre of things, consider a role in FMCG. Click here to search current job vacancies with VERCIDA.