have given considerable attention to Tesco's approach to procurement over the years and how it may not have been just exemplary as others argued.
However, today's Sunday Times article drew my attention to an aspect of Tesco procurement strategy that I previously hadn't considered, namely, minimising customer choice. I just hadn't considered that the strong arm of Tesco's buyers were suspending products from the shelves - customers were being deprived of choice by Tesco. Of course the suspension also had a painful impact on suppliers. Ironically Premier Foods lost £10m in three months. I say ironically as you may recall, some months ago, I referred to Premier Foods bizare approach to defining strategic suppliers.
While these case studies are of interest to the procurement world, to me they are also of interest to those interested in Marketing Strategy. Did Marketing in Premier Foods position Tesco as strategic - clearly Tesco's Procurement Strategy didn't position Premier Foods as strategic. And what about the reputational damage caused by Tesco's Procurement Strategy - never mind that a number of the Tesco staff are now suspended, how much will Brand reconstruction cost. Wouldn't it be interesting to read the brief for the procurement of that Brand agency who have to undo the damage caused by Procurement!