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Tesco aims to boost supply chain productivity

Tesco wants to increase productivity in its construction supply chain by around 20 per cent over the next two years, the retail giant’s property development director has told Construction News.

Trevor Bacon said large clients such as Tesco held a joint responsibility with contractors and subcontractors in improving collaboration in the supply chain to reduce waste in construction.

The retailer has benefited from innovation including modular buildings, standardised design, and offsite construction of pods to house staff rooms.

Despite these advances, Mr Bacon said there was room for improvement. Productivity on site is around 65 per cent, but could be closer to about 80 per cent, he said.

“One of the messages we offer contractors is that we would like them to take more responsibility,” Mr Bacon said.

“They are not as embracing of the supply chain as they should be. We would like our contractors to start to push for change that the industry needs.”

The retailer works with a list of preferred partner contractors including Vinci, Bowmer and Kirkland, Barr Construction, RG Carter, Longcross, McLaren, Dudley’s, Patton and ISG Pearce.


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