Britain calls on ex-Tesco boss ‘Drastic Dave’ to fix supply chain

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  • Former Tesco CEO Lewis named supply chain consultant
  • PM’s response to crisis has been criticized by business
  • Lewis’ appointment is for three months
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LONDON, Oct 8 (Businesshala) – Boris Johnson has turned to former Tesco (TSCO.L) boss Dave Lewis to fix the supply chain problems that have plagued the British economy and criticized the prime minister’s response. is of.

Lewis, who was nicknamed “Seeer Dave” after he healed businesses through cost-cutting and innovative marketing at consumer goods conglomerate Unilever (ULVR.L) and led Britain’s largest retailer Tesco for six years did, was on Friday nominated for a three-month term as the government. Supply Chain Consultant.

A post-Brexit shortage of workers due to the global stress of the COVID-19 crisis has halted Britain’s supply chains for everything from fuel and pork to poultry and bottled water, preventing any recovery from the pandemic. Is in danger.

The appointment of the well-respected Lewis can be seen as an olive branch for the business community, after Johnson faced criticism from the industry for his response to the crisis.

The government said Lewis, who begins the role on Monday, will advise both Johnson and Cabinet Office Minister Stephen Barkley on both immediate improvements and any necessary long-term changes to the country’s supply chain for goods.

He will also work with government officials to resolve acute, short-term issues expeditiously.

“This includes identifying the causes of current blockages and pre-empting potential future ones, and advising on proposals through direct government action or through industry with government support,” the government said in a statement.

Lewis will work closely with the UK Ministry of Finance and co-chair the government’s new Supply Chain Advisory Group, made up of outside experts and a new industry workforce.

“There are currently global supply issues that we are working with industry to mitigate and Dave brings a wealth of experience that will help us protect our businesses and supply chains,” Johnson said.

Tesco was on its knees shortly after Lewis joined in 2014, when an accounting scandal cut millions of pounds from its profits and billions of dollars from its share price.

He left in October last year after Tesco’s turnaround was declared complete, cementing its position once again as the clear market leader among UK supermarkets. He was honored earlier this year.

But all the retail gurus that the British government turned to in this hour of need have not met with such success.

The then Prime Minister David Cameron produced a report on cost savings in government by Philip Green in 2010.

The BHS department store collapsed six years later, a year after Green sold it for a pound, leaving a yawning hole in its pension fund and nearly 11,000 job losses, prompting calls for Green to be stripped of his knighthood.

Reporting by James Dewey and Sarah Young; Editing by Kate Holton, Elizabeth Piper and Alexander Smith

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