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Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) in FMCG, Brewing, Pharma

Dave Jordan Tue, May 31, 2011
Did anyone hear the loud clanging noise on Tuesday around 14.30? The sound was similar to a very large church bell being struck by a huge iron bar and that bar was in the hands of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnie was also in a very bad mood! The noise…

Concise Role Definitions in FMCG, Brewing, Pharma Supply Chains

Dave Jordan Thu, May 26, 2011
The average job description will run to a few pages of A4. Even after you have read your own it may not be completely clear what you should be doing. Here I have tried to encapsulate a selection of supply chain roles and processes in just a few…

Reducing Cost in FMCG, Brewing, Pharma Businesses

Dave Jordan Mon, May 23, 2011
Picture the scene in many a boardroom; a note has come from HQ telling the boss to reduce costs as globally the annual set of results is not going to look pretty. Why do all the board directors then look at their Supply Chain colleague? Of course…

Supply Chain and S&OP Compliance & Assessment

Michael Thompson Wed, May 18, 2011
My earlier blogs about supply chain and S&OP compliance have prompted a number of further discussions. One particular issue that has emerged is an area of potential confusion. It came to light during a recent discussion with a Supply Chain Executive…

FMCG, Pharma, Brewing Co-packing and Re-Packing Management

Dave Jordan Tue, May 17, 2011
Whether you call it co-packing or re-packing this involves the further manipulation of a finished and complete sku. Look around the shelves and the evidence of extra expense and work is displayed by special stickers, multi-packs and banded…

An FMCG Success Story; Focus on Customers and See the Benefits

Dave Jordan Mon, May 09, 2011
Once upon a time there was an FMCG company that I will refer to as “Foresight”. “Foresight” had spent many years and many dollars creating an acknowledged slick inbound Supply Chain. Top class global buying Flexible factory network State of the art…

FMCG Beverages and the World’s Greatest Drinks Salesman!

Dave Jordan Fri, May 06, 2011
As the snow ploughs, sledges and gloves are packed away for another year in the northern hemisphere we enter a key period in the FMCG industry.  Beverage consumers are about to get thirsty or at least large numbers of drinks companies hope this is…

Supply chain and S&OP Compliance – 5 Steps to Making it Happen

Michael Thompson Tue, May 03, 2011
I have had several discussions in response to my last blog on the subject of supply chain and S&OP compliance. A common theme was the practicalities of measuring compliance.  So here are 5 steps to make it happen. Supply Chain & S&OP Operating…

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