As leaders in Consolidation and Logistics services, Sigma are ideally placed to partner with you to help drive your supply chain transformation projects. Led by an experienced management team, and with a skilled and an in-depth understanding of multi-channel retailing, end to end supply chains, and logistics solutions, our aim is to deliver our clients a sustained competitive advantage.
Understanding GNFR; As easy as
1) GNFR defined
In what are challenging times, retailers are under more pressure to reduce costs and unlock the hidden value in their operational supply chain. One area that is often overlooked is Goods Not For Resale or GNFR choosing the focus instead on higher profile areas of the business.
Retailers will often have advanced procurement processes which can be more easily applied to consumables in a similar way to produce and merchandise.
The two elements of GNFR that are relevant to new store projects are services and equipment and for various reasons, these pose an altogether greater challenge for retailers.
2) Unlocking the Value in GNFR
Typically, GNFR makes up 25% of a retailers operating costs, however this spend is often neglected as is rarely given the level of priority befitting its significance on the balance sheet. A blend of partially interested stakeholders, a focus on a core product range for customers and a level of uncertainly of how to tackle what can be a complex supply chain network means that GNFR is often seen as hard to tackle.
GNFR and the wider supply chain therefore represents a major source of untapped savings, giving retailers the power to unlock additional savings to improve their bottom-line performance. This means that potentially substantial cost savings are being missed that impact 100% on the bottom line of a retailer’s P&L
3) Partnering with the GNFR experts
Tapping into the extensive expertise, scale and industry know-how of a category-specific GNFR consolidation provider like Sigma could be the simple answer to a complex question.
With Sigma you can take advantage of greater controls, increased accountability and better visibility of spend all while experiencing consistency in service, performance and reliability.
We also work with your merchandising teams, we plan extensively to minimise waste, optimise availability and ultimately, drive down cost and improve productivity.
Sigma Consolidation Services
Releasing the GNFR Genie...
It has long been argued that Goods Not For Resale (GNFR) is poorly understood by many key stakeholders in the retail sector meaning that substantial cost savings are being missed impacting 100% on the bottom line of a retailer’s P&L.
Download and read our latest guide that tackles GNFR head on, exploring how a fresh approach can help you unlock the hidden value within GNFR.
How we do it...
Sigma and Asda have been partners since 1994. Born into providing GNFR warehouse management services. Today our role for ASDA has grown, seeing us take full responsibility for demand management, control, logistics management and installation of all store GNFR fixtures, as well as construction and mechanical & electrical works.
We manage demand for all Asda’s GNFR equipment from multiple providers across their entire estate, planning requirements on a project-by-project basis. Our 24/7 expertise ensures that the right equipment is procured in the right volume, stored securely and despatched to site exactly when it is required
With a dedicated equipment centre, Asda has entrusted Sigma to manage their in-store fixtures, as well as supplying a dedicated logistics service, to help refurbish, recycle and reuse their instore fixtures avoiding unnecessary spend and to help generate ‘free to use’ stock for re-use in store.
Benefits of ASDA’s dedicated equipment centre
Sigma’s GNFR consolidation services saves Asda £3 for every £1 they spend
32% cost reduction across just 5 years
76% of fixtures returned to Sigma are refreshed and reused in 2018 (the remainder recycled and value paid back)
Smart consignment options, Asda only pay for what’s despatched
Saving £4m per year in equipment and transport consolidation
Supports ASDA sustainability measures
See how we manage all of Asda's GNFR equipment requirements
"Sigma have worked on a number of Rollouts / Range change installations for myself and I have always found them to be effective, adaptable and thorough in their approach to projects. Their communication is timely, detailed and appropriate to the project. They have a wealth of experience within their company which allows them to proactively respond to the challenges that some rollouts may bring, and they are capable of offering solutions in an educated and considered manner."
KAREN LEASLEY,Implementation Manager - ASDA
Supporting a leading UK Health & Beauty retailer with their bespoke GNFR requirements
We recognize that each of our clients have different GNFR requirements.
For a leading UK Health & Beauty retailer, we have a dedicated equipment consolidation centre, providing a central platform to support and facilitate both their bespoke end-to-end GNFR store equipment requirements and store deliver across their extensive entire UK store network.
With over 100,000 sq/ft of dedicated warehouse space, Sigma manages both millions of SKU’s and handles thousands of pallets of equipment. Underpinned by our leading warehouse management solution ‘Core Store Live’, enabling live inventory management, daily workload calendars and in-app catalogue ordering.
The implementation of ‘Just in Time’ (JiT) sourcing and advanced forecasting of fixture requirements helps to eliminate the risk of ordering excess and soon to be redundant saving further costs.
Delivery & Installation
Our kitting and logistics team subsequently prepare and pack all fixtures and fittings as per each individual store’s requirements, as well as preparing the merchandise products for display, ensuring the goods arrived with our on-site installation team in a shelf-ready condition.
Nationwide site phased deliveries and onsite installation ensures new season merchandise or in-store promotions are managed effectively, reducing disruption to trade, late openings, damaged items or missed sales for total peace of mind.
Our on-site installation and merchandising teams are also responsible for the safe removal and disposal of existing in-store fixtures, as well as the implementation of all replacement fixtures and fittings
We understand that in a live store environment, disruption must be kept at a minimal. By taking advantage of the efficiencies gained by pre store packing, nationwide phased deliveries and installation we can help you increase productivity of onsite fitters by >12%
Above & Beyond
With our experience and skillset stretching across a dedicated Fixtures division, we have been involved in the design, sourcing and installation of many seasonal and new product launches, designing and replacing incumbent fixtures befitting of the client’s requests.
£1m reduction in operating costs over 3 years
Saved £4m in held stock value as a direct result in JiT (Just in Time) sourcing
26% cost reduction through CI activity across 2 years
Developed a leading innovative GNFR WMS (Warehousing Management Solution) Core Store Live, deployed for effective reporting and stock management.
Based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, ideally positioned in easy reach of all major motorways, Sigma’s shared user facility provides a 100,000 sq/ft warehouse storage and logistics facility for multiple clients. With 5,000 racking spaces and 6 loading bays, the shared user facility is ideal for your smaller consolidation requirements with the added benefit of reduced overhead expenses.
One example of a retailer reaping the benefits of a shared user facility is a leading athletic footwear and apparel retailer with over 2,500 stores across the globe, the majority of which are based in the UK and Europe. This sporting giant has been working with Sigma for many years for the purchase, manufacture and supply of its store fixings as part of its long-term strategy to refresh old stores or open new units as part of its continued growth.
Sigma work alongside a range of trusted transport partners to implement tailor made services for each of our clients, ensuring the correct solution is delivered every time. We can provide services ranging from a national pallet network system to international time specific direct to store deliveries, supported with tail lift or Moffett equipped vehicles where required.
NO JOB TOO BIG
Our fleet comprises of vehicles from 3.5 – 44 tons to allow a flexible solution throughout any proposed programme. This allows transport solutions to be flexed on the specific volumetric data of the delivery, the distance to store and other possible site consolidations that can be achieved.
WORKING FOR YOU
Our trusted transport partners have been working together with us for many years and understand that our deliveries more than most are time critical and require flexibility in order to fully support our customers ever changing requirements.
Why should you consider Sigma Consolidation Services?
- Make your fixtures work harder - Our equipment redeployment expertise ensures that fixtures can be appraised and where economical to do so, refurbished for re-use, avoiding unnecessary spend and generating ‘free issue’ stock for re-use in store.
- With Sigma consolidation, we can save clients £3 for every £1 they spend.
Procurement & Sourcing
- Global fixture & equipment sourcing capabilities - We have the ability to source in bulk reducing overall costs.
- Coordinated waste management plans; saving cost.
- With over 250,000 sq ft of storage space across multiple sites, we have ample flexibility for storage and distribution.
- Phased nationwide deliveries means 70% less traffic to individual stores.
- Smarter Thinking – Incorporate both forward and reverse logistics of fixtures.
As part of our ongoing commitment to go ‘above and beyond’ to exceed our clients expectations, we endeavour to listen, support and deliver our clients bespoke toolkits to best support their ongoing needs.
With a strategic focus on continued investment in bespoke IT solutions such as Retail Oracle & Core Store Live we believe we are truly set apart from all other historic providers.
We can take full control of your GNFR supply chain; managing all equipment requirements across your estate– regardless of volume and source. We are able to minimise waste, including the refurbishment and recycling of fixtures which in turn optimises availability, improves productivity and drives down cost. By applying our industry-leading, innovative equipment management system, we manage your assets holistically, from source to space.
Stuart Thomas -
Find out how we can revolutionise your GNFR...
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“We manage projects, not pallets – making your assets work for you, not for us.”
Supply Chain Director