Supply chain is at the heartbeat of our business

The supply chain is fundamental to driving sales and improving profitability for our publishers. By supporting and working closely with all our partners and third-party clients we can ensure that our allocation, to 50,000 UK and Irish outlets, is right every time.

To achieve this we have to be agile, creative, forward thinking and fleet of foot – all natural elements of our magazine supply chain operation.

Benefits for publishers

Improving efficiency through change is part and parcel of supply chain management and the best recent example we have is the re-engineering of the carrier supply chain – reducing and streamlining three sites to just one.

As well as the positive impact on cost, the increased efficiency of this new approach further endorses our On Time in Full KPI measurement for our publishers.

Benefits for retailers

As change leaders, we are not afraid of facing challenges with retailers. We build long-term relationships and work with them to solve problems and re-engineering processes where we can see a more efficient end result for them.

We have helped to bring big cost savings for retailers through automating and streamlining the stock taking process.

A team approach

We are constantly looking at innovative ways to improve processes for our retail partners. When we have an idea, we like to involve a wide set of Frontline people. The supply chain team will have a supply chain manager but pull in a team from across the business that can explore and work on change initiatives together.

There are around 50 of us working in magazine supply chain at Frontline and roles vary from logistics planners, copy managers, sales-based replenishment managers to wholesale operations and retail supply chain development.

The team works hard and like the Frontline business, we are very entrepreneurial; we have bags of experience between us, and are great forward-thinkers.