The population for this survey consisted of all Irish-based food & drink suppliers, who directly supplied to one of the five major retailers in the Republic of Ireland. Of the 350 or so companies which qualified for this survey, almost 1/3 responded to the mailed questionnaire; a further breakdown of respondent companies is presented below in terms of product category, firm size and individual respondent title. Those who supply to more than one major retailer are far more likely to use IOS than a supplier supplying only one retailer'.
As we can see form Fig.4, almost 3/4th of the respondents are either using or are in the process of implementing IOS with retailers, leaving just over 1/4th of respondents not trading with retailers via IOS. The vast majority of those not using IOS are suppliers supplying to only one major retailer, with 58% of respondents who supply to just one retailer not using IOS (this accounts for the majority of the 1/4th mentioned above). Those who supply to more than one retailer are greater users of IOS, with 87% of such suppliers either using or in the process of implementing IOS with retailers. (Figs. 7A & 7B)
[...] The growth & adoption of IOS last 3 years has seen the most significant increase in the implementation & use of IOS amongst suppliers' Suppliers have been using IOS for a varying number of years, those who are currently using IOS some have only just begun using it in the last month or so, whilst others claim to have been using IOS for 15 years (interestingly the supplier using IOS for 15 years is a small company!) The belief that IOS is still a pretty new phenomenon to the Irish Grocery is supported by the fact that majority of the respondents have been using IOS for only 1-3 years (Fig. [...]
[...] Retailer implementation strategy ‘Retailers appear to be taking a heavy-handed approach to IOS implementation with suppliers; involving the use of mandates/ demands & little or no support facility' In terms of what implementation strategy retailers generally employ when initiating IOS with suppliers, the vast majority of the above suppliers who felt the industry was retailer-led, also felt that retailers adopted a somewhat heavy-handed approach to implementation, with approximately 3/4th of them stating that retailers at least ‘somewhat demanded' that IOS was to be implemented. [...]
[...] Q7, Q14, Q13, Q22 Respondent organisation breakdown Fig.1 : Respondent product category breakdown Fig.2 : Respondent organisation size breakdown Fig : Individual respondent breakdown by title/ responsibility The use of IOS amongst Irish food-drink suppliers Fig.4 : Are suppliers currently using any form of IOS with retailers Fig. 5A : Medium-sized suppliers Fig. 5B : Small suppliers using using IOS IOS Fig : Suppliers that are using EDI with retailers Fig. 7A : The use of IOS amongst Fig. 7B : & amongst suppliers suppliers of 1 retailer of more than 1 retailer Fig : How long suppliers are using IOS with retailers Fig : Time-line of the adoption of IOS amongst suppliers currently using IOS Fig.10 : Comparison of IOS adoption time-lines by supplier-size Fig.11 : Supplier objectives of implementing IOS ‘Adopted IOS in order to ' Fig : Initiators & Followers of IOS Fig.13 : Was IOS offered or demanded by retailers? [...]
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