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Facing Up to Supply Chain Fragility

Interview with Propel & Parkdean Resorts
Facing Up to Supply Chain Fragility<h6>Interview with Propel & Parkdean Resorts</h6>

Our new webinar series with Propel, the leading hospitality trade publication, sees Propel Group Editor, Mark Wingett, speak to leading supply chain experts about how they are navigating the current challenges facing the sector.

In the fifth video of the series, Mark is joined by Jane Bates, Director of Procurement and Sustainability at Parkdean Resorts, the UK’s largest holiday park operator. Jane discusses the importance of flexibility and supply chain management in the current climate, as well as Parkdean’s sustainability drive and the value of collaborating with suppliers to strive for commercial and environmental efficiency.

Key Takeaways

  • Sustainability has become a key priority across all business functions at Parkdean Resorts, and as part of Jane’s role she looks to ensure that their practices have a positive impact both environmentally and socially, while also making the right decisions from a business perspective
  • Jane believes in the “power of collaboration” with suppliers, and she discusses the ways in which the business challenges their suppliers to improve their sustainability practices. She also observes the speed at which suppliers are innovating to embed sustainability into their operations
  • With current supply chain issues, buyers are having to think outside the box and be more flexible with deliveries, whilst avoiding compromising on quality
  • In terms of the role that technology plays in managing Parkdean’s supply chain, Jane says that “using data to drive and give us insight is absolutely key”. Having access to key supply chain data enables them to look at spending patterns and forecast future trends, which in turn helps them to maximise efficiencies throughout the business

To hear more of Jane’s insights into sustainability and the supply chain, find the full webinar here.

Make sure you don’t miss the full ‘Facing up to Supply Chain Fragility’ webinar series, featuring interviews with a range of sector experts including Stefan Porter, Purchasing and Supply Chain Director at The Azzurri Group; Spencer Playle, Supply Chain Director at PizzaExpress; David Ross, Chief Financial Officer at Stonegate; and Graham Kirk, Executive Chef at Gusto Italian.

You can also read our latest report, which reveals key data on supply chain disruption and the cost increases in the sector, as well as details on how technology such as Fourth can help operators tackle these challenges. To access the report in full, please visit our website here.

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