Pelican scores contract with Middlesbrough Football Club
Middlesbrough Football Club has today announced a partnership with Pelican Procurement Services to undertake a review of its food-related procurement, with a view of creating annualised savings of £30,000.
Via a supplier retendering process, Pelican has already achieved a 10 percent saving for the club’s Food Wholesale category, with further work now underway to review a range of additional categories.
Following a competitive pitch, Pelican was awarded the contract to manage Middlesbrough Football Club’s food-related purchasing for its Riverside Stadium facilities and its Rockliffe Park training ground. This includes overseeing supplier tendering, product sourcing, pricing negotiations to centralising supplier invoicing and payments.
A number of specific categories are being reviewed as part of the contract, including fruit and vegetables, food wholesale, fresh seafood, confectionery and beverages.
Mark Ellis, Chief Operating Officer for Middlesbrough Football Club said: “As a club, we host on average 25 football games per year, which brings crowds of around 16,000 on the concourses, in addition to serving around 700 meals in the hospitality areas.
The English Championship, who club host a range of conferences, banquets, weddings and other events. Its chefs are responsible for creating menus for the varying events, however Ellis felt it was time to bring in a procurement specialist to help not only reduce food costs, but decrease the time his chefs spend on purchasing and administration.
Ellis added: “We selected Pelican for a number of reasons; the cost savings were clear and we are aiming to save at least 12 percent across all our food purchases over the course of the next 12 months. In addition, Pelican offered the most transparency, simpler terms and from our chefs’ perspectives, they trusted Pelican to deliver the products they want, when they want.”
As part of the partnership, Middlesbrough Football Club is adopting Pelican’s Purchasing Intelligence (Pi) online portal, which is a cloud-based procurement solution that is designed to provide complete visibility, management and control over purchasing spend, budgets, stock valuation and supplier invoices.
Shabaz Mohammed, Managing Director of Pelican Procurement Services said: “We are delighted to be working with Middlesbrough Football Club to manage its food-related procurement. Our comprehensive service enables the Club to completely outsource its purchasing requirements to us for its main Riverside Stadium facilities and also its training ground, Rockliffe Park.
“We pride ourselves on delivering a fully transparent, highly professional service and the team looks forward to creating both financial savings and operational efficiencies for Middlesbrough Football Club.”
Pelican is an expert in the procurement market, with over two decades of experience, it today manages total purchasing volumes of over £140m. For more information regarding Pelican’s range of procurement services, visit www.pelicanprocurement.co.uk
For more details regarding Middlesbrough Football Club, visit www.mfc.co.uk
EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs
The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.
Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years.
It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC.
The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn.
In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products.
Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers
- The dispute began in 2004
- Tariffs suspended for 5 years
- $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
- $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date
- 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended
Both sides welcome end to tariffs
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.
“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.
Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”.
The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."
This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.
Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”