Monday, December 2, 2013

The refuse supply chain

All local authorities are obliged to collect or arrange for the collection of the domestic waste in their area. They must also provide or arrange for the provision of facilities for the disposal and recovery of household waste. Household waste is usually collected once a week, generally by a private operator.

Wheelie bins

Many waste collectors use wheelie bins for safe and efficient collection of waste. Wheelie bins are also less likely than refuse sacks to cause a litter problem as they cannot be torn by animals, vandals or high winds. If there is a wheelie bin system in operation in your area, you must present your waste in a wheelie bin or it will not be collected.


Much of household waste can be recycled. Local authorities must ensure that there are adequate facilities for recycling. Most waste operators collect recyclables in designated bins on alternate weeks.


Most of the domestic waste produced in Ireland is sent to landfill.

Illegal rubbish disposal

It has recently come to light that disposing of illegal rubbish is costing Dublin City Council up to €300,000 a year

Private waste companies such as Greyhound and City Bin can ignore untagged refuse bags, but the council is required to collect them.

A senior officer in the Dublin City Council Central Area has said increasing numbers of residents are choosing to leave rubbish on the street as a way of avoiding bin charges.

Householders could be recycling twice as much of their rubbish according to Greyhound.

Ireland's largest waste company published a league table of recycling rates in Dublin.

The table shows that people living on the city's northside are better at recycling than those living on the southside.

Greyhound took over Dublin city waste collection when it was controversially privatised at the start of last year.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Supply Chain Forecasting & Planning Conference

The largest gathering of forecasting and planning professionals in Europe.

Radisson Blu Amsterdam Airport Hotel
Boeing Avenue 2, Schiphol-Rijk

November 20, 21 & 22, 2013

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Tesco Ireland appoints new chairman and CEO

Cork man Tony Keohane has been appointed chairman of Tesco in Ireland after serving for seven years as chief executive of Tesco Ireland.

Mr Keohane joined Quinnsworth as a management trainee in 1978 and was appointed to the Quinnsworth Board in 1995. As retail support director, he successfully managed the integration of Tesco in Ireland, and subsequently was property and supply chain director and a stores director in Britain. He chaired the Government’s Services Strategy Group in 2007.

Mr Keohane has overseen the expansion of the company from when Tesco took over Quinnsworth through to being one of the largest grocery and general merchandise retailers in Ireland. It employs 15,000 people in 142 shops across the country.

Mr PJ Clarke has been appointed to succeed Mr Keohane as CEO of Tesco Ireland. Mr Clarke has held a number of senior roles in Tesco since joining the company in 1974. Following a succession of roles in stores and retail operations in the UK, Mr Clarke was appointed International Format Director and later CEO for Tesco in the combined Czech and Slovak businesses in 2005. In 2010, he was appointed CEO for Tesco's business in the Czech Republic and in 2012 became CEO of Tesco Japan.

Recent Kantar Worldpanel figures show Tesco’s market share has declined by 2.6% in the most recent figures, but it maintains a dominant 27.6% of the market.

Tesco now accounts for significant exports of Irish food and drink products, purchasing over €700million (almost 9%) of food and drink exports annually. Exports include Irish beef, lamb and pork, dairy products, horticulture and vegetables, fish, drinks, health and beauty, and grocery products to Britain, Central Europe and Asian countries where Tesco has retail operations.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Infographic - Ten ways to optimise your e-commerce conversion rate

Back in the digital middle ages (around 2000 to you and I) there was a belief among the internet aristocracy that driving traffic to a website was the most important aspect of web marketing.

If you build it, and they come, then you have a successful enterprise and are on your way to your first million as an internet entrepreneur. These days, with the benefit of powerful analytics and browser behaviour tools, we’ve come to realise that even more important is what users do once they get to your website. With hindsight of course, this makes just as much sense in the e-commerce world as it did in the bricks and mortar world. If you own a small book shop, it may create a nice ambience to fill your shop with shelf browsers, but it’s a great deal more desirable to fill it with book buyers! Ultimately the aim of any e-commerce site is to sell a product or service or, in web marketing speak, to convert.

The term Conversion is generally defined as any action that a customer takes on your website that has value for your business. If you sell DVDs, a conversion is when a customer buys a DVD. If you want subscribers to your Youtube channel, then a conversion is when someone clicks the subscribe button, or if you are marketing company gathering statistics then a conversion might be when a user completes and submits a survey form.

Whatever your business, the aim of conversion optimization is to get visitors to perform whatever action it is that you want them to perform. So how do you ensure that you are getting the right kind of visitors? What can you do to influence their behaviour once they arrive on your site? What are the best ways to achieve a Conversion Rate that is the envy of your competitors? Most web experts agree that a 1% conversion rate is considered reasonable. This might seem on the face of it an easy task but a great conversion rate is not something that comes easily. If your site doesn’t perform effectively, you won’t be able to turn browser into customers.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Bombardier showcases CSeries aircraft assembly facility

Bombardier has showcased its world class facility in Belfast where the high tech composite wings for the new CSeries aircraft are being designed and manufactured.

The new, state-of-the-art 600,000 sq. ft manufacturing and assembly facility at Queen’s Island is responsible for the advanced composite wings for the CS100 and CS300 jets.

The primary structural components of the wings are being produced using the unique Resin Transfer Infusion (RTI) process that has been developed by Bombardier Aerospace Belfast engineers.

The technically advanced facility is part of a £520 million investment the Canadian owned aerospace giant has made in the CSeries programme at its Belfast operation. When the wings are in full production, the project will support 800 direct jobs in Belfast and a further 2,000 in the supply chain in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK.

The CSeries aircraft wings are the largest and most complex composite structures manufactured and assembled in the UK using this RTI technology.

Final assembly of the aircraft will take place in Mirabel in Canada. The plane is scheduled to make its first flight test at the end of June 2013, while entry into service is due in mid-2014.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Top grocery brands not acting ethically - Oxfam

A report prepared by Oxfam has found that some of the world's largest food companies are failing to meet ethical standards.

Oxfam has compiled a scorecard which rates the "Big 10" drink and grocery brands on seven social and environmental factors.

Oxfam rankings (out of 70 marks)

1 Nestle 38
2 Unilever 34
3 Coca-Cola 29
4 Pepsico 22
5 Mars 21
6 Danone 20
7 Mondelez 20
8 General Mills 16
9 Kellogg's 16
10 Associated British Foods 13
Source: Oxfam
Scores based on seven categories, marked out of 10

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wind energy set to boost jobs

In Ireland we have enough wind energy potential to supply 19 times our own electricity needs.

Since 1992 wind’s share of the electricity market has been increasing and it now stands at 18%

The number of wind turbines dotting the landscape looks set to double between now and 2020, according to reliable estimates.

There are more than 1,100 turbines in operation in Ireland, mostly at 176 onshore “wind farms”, with a further seven offshore at Arklow Bank.

Like all European countries, by 2020 we’re legally bound to generate a percentage of our electricity from renewables. In our case it’s 40%. Today we’re at 18% and we have far more wind farms than we need waiting to be connected, so we’ll reach our target.

The UK, on the other hand, doesn’t have enough. Its target is 30% and today it’s at just 8% which is well behind schedule and so, it faces a significant energy gap.

Mainstream Renewable Power is developing the ‘Energy Bridge’ project which will capture wind power generated onshore and offshore in Ireland and transport 5000 MW of electricity under the Irish Sea and connect it to the UK via a grid connection that Mainstream has already secured. The cable for transporting the energy from the wind farms is entirely independent of Ireland’s existing electricity system.

The company is set to hold a major supply chain conference in Ireland this year in order to attract the manufacturing infrastructure it needs.

Mainstream Renewable Power chief executive Eddie O’Connor has said that given the scale of the project, it would make more sense for the manufacturers to establish bases in Ireland.

O’Connor has claimed that Mainstream’s Energy Bridge project “will create 40,000 jobs here” – a figure that includes temporary jobs in construction. At present, approximately 2,000 are employed in the sector.