May 17, 2020

Investment in Gregg's supply chain transformation likely to peak in 2018, says Chief Exec

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James Henderson
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Greggs is set to invest heavily in its supply chain this year
Investment to transform Gregg’s supply chain is likely to peak in 2018, according to its Chief Executive, Roger Whiteside.

The company’s supply cha...

Investment to transform Gregg’s supply chain is likely to peak in 2018, according to its Chief Executive, Roger Whiteside.

The company’s supply chain is being reshaped to support growth and compete more effectively in the food-on-the-go market.

Greggs is investing around £100mn in a major programme to create centres of excellence in manufacturing and distribution, increasing capacity to support shop expansion substantially beyond 2,000 outlets in the UK.

In a statement, Whiteside said: “In January 2017 we communicated details of the next phase of our major investment programme focused on increasing logistics capacity and consolidating our manufacturing operations into centres of excellence in order to support shop growth. 

“Once implemented this new supply chain platform will deliver improvements to product quality, our competitiveness and, alongside systems investment, will complete our transformation from traditional bakery to food-on-the-go.

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“Overall our expansion plans will create thousands of new roles in retail and distribution operations but will result in fewer jobs in manufacturing.  Decisions such as these, which impact our people, are always difficult but our teams have shown commitment and professionalism throughout these changes and we have been able to agree a way forward on a basis of voluntary redundancy in the majority of cases.

“This investment phase is a complicated programme of work which will take until 2020 to complete.  We have made a good start in 2017, completing the transfer of our Edinburgh operations to our Glasgow bakery, which has been extended to become a centre of excellence for 'Yum Yum' production, and extending our Leeds bakery to create a centre of excellence for cake and muffin manufacturing.

“The year ahead will be the peak year for investment in the programme including the creation of our centre of excellence for doughnuts in our Gosforth Park bakery.”

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Aug 5, 2021

Accenture Acquires SCM Software Firm Blue Horseshoe

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Accenture acquires supply chain management specialist Blue Horseshoe, expanding the scale and capabilities of its Supply Chain & Operations group

Accenture has announced its acquisition of Blue Horseshoe, a US-based supply chain management software provider and consultancy firm. 

Upon completion, Blue Horseshoe’s 349 professionals will join Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations group, expanding the professional services group’s capabilities to create more interconnected and resilient supply chains for clients. 

“To be competitive, companies need to transform their supply chains to deliver the innovative and hyper-personalised products, services and experiences that are in high demand—and fulfilment is core to that transformation,” said Renato Scaff, Accenture’s Supply Chain & Operations North America lead. “Blue Horseshoe’s deep fulfilment consulting experience and methodologies support Accenture’s vision for building customer-centric, resilient and responsible supply chains that benefit people, society and the planet.”

Who are Blue Horseshoe? 

  • Founded: 2001
  • CEO: Chris Cason
  • Employees: 349
  • Offices: 4 in USA, 1 in Amsterdam, 1 in Estonia
  • Key customers: Lids, Pabst Brewing Co., Half Price Books, Britax, Major Brands


Founded in 2001 in Indiana, USA, Blue Horseshoe now operates from six offices across the US and Europe. The company provides cloud-based solutions for supply chain management, ERP, warehouse management and transportation management systems, including its own Supply Chain Cloud platform, as well as Oracle NetSuite and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management as a Microsoft Inner Circle Partner. 


Blue Horseshoe specialises in fulfilment and distribution solutions, with expertise in the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and retail distribution industries. Over the past 20 years, the company has improved around 700 supply chains, including those of leading companies such as fashion retailer Lids, cosmetics company Regis Corporation, Pabst Brewing Co., and family-owned bookstore chain Half Price Books. 

“For two decades, we’ve worked with clients to build connectedness, efficiency and automation across their enterprise and supply chain operations,” said Chris Cason, CEO, Blue Horseshoe. “As part of Accenture, we will bring increased scale and combined expertise to help clients put in place next generation supply chain and fulfillment strategies that meet customer expectations and support business growth.”

Accenture's acquisition of Blue Horseshoe is subject to customary closing conditions.

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