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Guide to FMCG Supply Chain - Planning Function

Dave Jordan Wed, May 05, 2021
Last week I introduced you to the Enchange Supply Chain House; a one stop shop/house for the elements you need to allow your supply chain to operate effectively.  The Enchange Supply Chain House is a simple and easy to understand reference model…

Drive FMCG Distributor Performance by First Mastering Your Own RtM Strategy

Ross Marie Thu, Apr 29, 2021
I recently started a blog series on indirect distribution. I began by examining the 10 biggest challenges Route to Market (RtM) leaders face in managing FMCG Distributors. Then in response to this in my last post I shared our step-by-step approach…

FMCG Leaders Guide to Supply Chain Excellence

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 28, 2021
I mentioned in a recent article that my educational background is in chemistry but I stumbled into supply chain in the undulating sands of the Saudi Arabian desert. Later, I remember talking to former R&D colleagues about my new vocation and was met…

Supply Chain Macbeth S&OP Soliloquy

Dave Jordan Fri, Apr 23, 2021
On 23 April we celebrate St George's Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare (also the date he died!). William wrote on many diverse subjects but here is one piece you will not find in a collection of his greatest works. I wonder what would the…

FMCG Foods Turnaround: A successful S&OP Case Study

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 21, 2021
I know, I know. I know I am prone to rattle on about Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) but seeing the benefits being delivered to previously struggling businesses is extremely motivating for a confirmed “techy” like myself. Not permitted…

Do Spreadsheets Undermine Your  ERP?

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 14, 2021
Despite what you may wish to believe the answer is almost certainly, yes. You have invested heavily in brand new ERP software and a similar investment in some smart, young consultancy people to run the implementation. You will have spent some…

The Step-by-Step Guide to Deliver World Class FMCG Distributor Performance

Ross Marie Thu, Apr 08, 2021
In my last post we discussed the biggest challenges that a Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) company could face when managing the ‘last mile’ of the Route to Market (RtM). Once we have examined the challenges and the pitfalls in managing distributors or…

FMCG ERP – how will you cope when yours fails?

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 07, 2021
The last few months have been remarkably busy on both the business and domestic fronts. COVID 19 and other challenges have ensured there was little time to rest over the Christmas season and 2021 has started off in the same vein. What does the rest…

Is this a perfect FMCG Supply Chain?

Dave Jordan Thu, Apr 01, 2021
I cannot reveal the name of this specific organisation for obvious reasons but their Supply Chain is one very impressive, slick machine. Across the Source, Plan, Make and Deliver SCOR Supply Chain disciplines we see excellence, leading edge systems…

FMCG KPIs: Performance improvement or blame-storming?

Dave Jordan Tue, Mar 30, 2021
Once upon a time I worked in a well-known detergent powder factory in the north of England which has now sadly closed. The factory manager at the time must remain nameless but he had a habit of dragging people from the R&D Laboratory to show off his…

FMCG: Supply Chain Spring Clean

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 24, 2021
After the viral trials and tribulations of 2020, is the market going to get any better any time soon? Many big-name companies predicted/reported indifferent Q4 results and all offer caution about the continuing "difficult market conditions”. Ok, so…

The 10 Biggest Challenges Route to Market (RtM) Leaders Face in Managing FMCG Distributors

Ross Marie Mon, Mar 22, 2021
If you ask any sports person who has played a contact sport, how to avoid getting hurt, very often you will be told to try your best not to get hit. In order to avoid the hits, you need to understand more about them including when they are likely to…

FMCG: Time to review unnecessary roles and processes

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 17, 2021
I think we all agree that life will never be the same again after COVID-19 has dealt a stunning blow to humanity. While the horrendous death toll is a modern day calamity, the pandemic provides an unavoidable opportunity to do things differently…

Supply Chains: Post COVID Readiness

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 10, 2021
Fingers, toes and eyes crossed but it looks like there is some light at the end of the COVID 19 tunnel and it is not a train, hopefully. Getting back to normal is a top of mind desire for everyone but that normal will not be how we operated in 2019.…

Supply Chains: Do you use data or information?

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 03, 2021
Who coined that irritating term “Big Data”? How did we get there without normal sized data, slightly larger data, chubby data and bordering on big data? People working in or associated with extended Supply Chains may seem obsessed by data yet data…