Tesco to introduce ‘No ASN, No Delivery’ Policy
Although Tesco introduced ASN’s as far back as 2007 / 2008, these were never fully addressed or regimented. That is all about to change as Tesco will be insisting that all suppliers will have to provide an ASN before delivery is accepted. Dave Ellis, Tesco’s ‘End to End’ Supply Chain Manager, explained “If a suppliers delivery truck shows up at one of Tesco’s distribution centers without an ASN, it will be sent away again and no delivery will be accepted until such time as the driver returns with an ASN”. Quite simply put: No ASN = No Delivery!
The ASN roll-out will begin immediately and will be introduced over a phased basis. Tesco will contact all suppliers informing them of their ASN requirement and giving the supplier 12 weeks to comply with same. Suppliers in the fresh meat and poultry sectors will also have to add a country of origin section to their ASN. Having a regimented ASN policy will obviously give Tesco supply chain advantages, but it will also help suppliers as it will help them to get paid quicker with fewer disputes on quantities, weights etc.