Mar 30, 2020

Person of the Year: How Dave Lewis fixed Tesco

Lewis had spent almost three decades at consumer goods group Unilever and had executive responsibility for Tesco as a client. One of the things Lewis is proudest of is that Tesco's store headcount is barely changed from 2014, despite the reduction in locations. "The directive from Dave was that suppliers and Tesco should imagine they were all one company and work out together the most efficient supply chain," says John Shropshire, chairman of fruit and vegetable supplier G's Fresh. Re-engaging staff - the group employs over a third of a million people in the UK alone - was important to getting Tesco back on track. Some felt Tesco's recovery was not yet entrenched enough for it to embark on such corporate activity, but Lewis thought he had "To be able to walk and chew gum".

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