In the UK, the food and drink retail sector represents the largest industry which isproviding employment for more than three million people in manufacturing and retailing.According to data monitor (2003) in the year 2003, retail accounted for 9% of grossdomestic product (GD
). In recent years, UK supermarket industries have come underincreased scrutiny over their treatment of suppliers and particularly of own-label products.
he development of strategic supply network has been an integral part of most supermarketstrategies for the past decade.
he report below provides an insight into the
esco supermarket company, withemphasis on company¶s analysis of resources, culture, competence and its externalenvironment analysis.As a private sector organisation,
esco is one of the largest food retailers in theglobe.
esco is operating with 2,318 stores in the world and employing over326,000 people and also providing online services through its subsidiary,
esco.com. As theUK is the largest market for the
esco, where it operates under four banners of
xpress and Metro.
esco sells almost 40,000 products including food, non-foodand clothing and its own label products (nearly 50% of total sales) are at three levels,finest, normal and value(
almer, 2004). As well as convenience produce, other retailingservices offered by
ersonal Finance, gas stations, becoming one of theUK¶s largest independent petrol retailers.
etailing involves the commodities sales to the public.
he retail industry covers widerange of sectors from general products such as clothing and foods to specialist productssuch as automobile accessories and sports equipment. According to