Tesco's Supply Chain Management Practices

Tesco's Supply Chain Management Practices
Case Code: OPER054
Case Length: 19 Pages
Period: 2000-2005
Pub Date: 2006
Teaching Note: Not Available
Price: Rs.400
Organization : Tesco
Industry :Retail
Countries : UK
Themes: Supply Chain Management
Tesco's Supply Chain Management Practices
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This case discusses the best practices in supply chain management of UK based retailer - Tesco. Effective supply chain management can be termed as one of the factors that helped Tesco emerge as a market leader in the retailing industry in the UK. Tesco introduced lean management solutions into its supply chain successfully. It adopted path breaking techniques and systems like point of sales data, primary distribution, continuous replenishment and adopted RFID technology to make its supply chain more efficient.


The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:

  • Analyze the SCM initiatives adopted by Tesco
  • Understand the role of SCM in retail industry
  • Evaluate the importance of using new technologies like RFID in supply chain



Tesco, Supply Chain Management, RFID Technology, Lean Management, Primary Distribution, Point of Sales Data, Continuous Replenishment, Cross Docking, Step Change Program, Procurement, Radio Barcodes, Inventory Management, Store Format, RFID Enabled Supply Chain

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