GLG Network Survey: Supply Chain Disruption II

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GLG interviewed 35 senior executives within the UK retail space.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • The survey investigated the ongoing supply chain disruption for retailers in the UK, revisiting topics from the first iteration in December 2021.
  • Furthermore, this research covered the expected recovery of the supply chain and outlook going forward.
  • Respondents evaluated the ongoing risk factors to the supply chain including Brexit and rising costs.

Examples of findings:

  • Almost all of the respondents (91%) noted that their shipping costs are higher than this time last year, with the majority (51%) stating they are significantly higher.
  • Since December 2021, the number of respondents sourcing their goods from the EU has dropped from 69% to 54%, with China now being the predominant region for sourcing goods (66%).
  • Brexit has dropped in significance for our experts, with rising costs being evaluated as the greatest issue to face supply chains in the next 3 years.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Graham Wilkie, former Supply Chain Director at Steinhoff, Carrefour, and Dixons.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • How do shipping costs compare to this time last year?
  • From what region(s) do you mainly source your goods?
  • A year from now, from what region(s) do you expect to source your goods?
  • Considering the ongoing supply chain issues in the UK, in your view, what has been the main operational area impacted within your industry?
  • In your view, who will be the major losers from the disruption of supply chains?
  • On the most part, have companies in your industry passed increased supply chain costs on to customers?
  • In your view, what is the trend for payment windows when receiving products?
  • In your view, what factors will be most important in attracting/retaining employees in the supply chain?

This survey is available to subscribers of the Consumer Goods and Services (CGS) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

Request other available and upcoming Network Surveys within the sector:

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    • Second survey to follow the first wave conducted in July 2021. 60 senior executives working at Holiday Parks in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Belgium) discussed the COVID-19 impact on the market. The survey also looked into the outlook of the market for 2022 and the respondents’ predictions for recovery to pre-COVID-19 levels.
    • Questionnaire was drafted by Graham White, Former Chief Executive Officer of Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work.
  • GLG Tracker: Luxury Product Retailers IV – New! 
    • Fourth survey to follow the third wave conducted in November 2021, second wave in April 2021 and first wave in October 2020. 70 luxury brand retailers / distributors provided insights into the current trends in this market.
    • Questionnaire was drafted by Helen David, Former Chief Growth Officer at Ralph & Russo Ltd.
  • Food Delivery Platforms – New! 
    • 50 senior executives at food delivery platforms discussed the future of the business model and operational considerations such as commission structure from restaurants and the use of drivers.
    • Questionnaire was drafted by Lila Benatoff, former Global Director at Deliveroo.



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