Working together to create sustainable value for consumers – Better, faster and at less cost
The ECR ("Efficient Consumer Response") movement effectively began in the mid-nineties and was characterized by the emergence of new principles of collaborative management along the supply chain.
It was understood that companies can serve consumers better, faster and at less cost by working together with trading partners.
At the heart of ECR was a business environment characterized by dramatic advances in information technology, growing competition, pressure on margins, global business structures and consumer demand focused on better choice, service, convenience, quality, freshness, safety and sustainability and the increasing movements of goods across international borders aided by the internal European market.
This new reality required a fundamental reconsideration of the most effective way of delivering the right products to consumers at the right price.
Non-standardized operational practices and the rigid separation of the traditional roles of manufacturer and retailer, as well as the lack of collaboration between them, threatened to block the supply chain unnecessarily and failed to exploit the synergies that came from powerful new information technologies and planning tools.
To better serve the consumer, ECR set out to invert the traditional model and break down non-productive barriers. The impacts were extensive and continue to resonate across industry.