Asda and Co-op reveal supply chain partnership

Written by Anthony Strzalek

Asda and the Co-op have signed a supply chain deal which will enable mutual suppliers to submit aggregated data on waste, water and energy to both retailers at the same time.

The retailers are working with 2degrees to collect the sustainability data. Suppliers who serve both retailers can submit the data once, indicating their combined data should be shared with both customers.

It is hoped that by eliminating the need for duplicated information, suppliers will be able to spend more time focusing on the delivery of quality products whilst saving on time, money and resources.

Laura Babbs, sustainability manager at Asda, commented: “So far Asda has seen fantastic results from working with 2degrees on the Sustain & Save Exchange (SSE) platform. Allowing our suppliers to remove duplicated effort has engaged our supply chain giving them the opportunity to drive efficiencies.

“We have worked with 2degrees and the supplier advisory board to make the request as simple as possible for suppliers. We appreciate that smaller businesses may not have the resources, so providing this reporting function and enabling them to share data will save them time and put their efforts into other critical areas.”

Sarah Wakefield, food sustainability manager at the Co-op, added: “The Co-op is committed to a better way of doing business and we believe that collaborating on data collections means our suppliers can focus on what matters most – making great quality products with the lowest environmental impact possible. We are also heavily focused on building long-term relationships with our suppliers and this forms part of a better and more collaborative way of us working together.”

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