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Route to Market & Supply Chain Blog

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Why you need to study your Manufacturing Factory Footprint

Dave Jordan Wed, Jun 29, 2011
The sharp, customer end of the extended supply chain continues to receive attention as companies implement and hone S&OP and RTM-style programmes. The multiple drivers include cost of course, but also customer service and a desire not to be out of…

Inventory/Spare Parts Management in FMCG, Brewing, Pharma Factories

Dave Jordan Sun, Jun 19, 2011
Well, I find it strange anyway. Some very large companies spend countless hours and cash in finding and securing a third party logistic provider (3PLP) to take great care of their finished goods assets. The performance of the chosen 3PLP is then…

Reasons for establishing S&OP in Mobile Telecoms

Michael Thompson Fri, Jun 17, 2011
I have two recent stories to tell. Story 1 Recently I was chatting to a Senior Executive in a mobile telecommunications company. We first met about a decade ago when he was the Supply Chain Director for an FMCG multinational in Kenya. The…

How good is your Route To Market (RTM) distribution? Take this test!

Dave Jordan Wed, Jun 15, 2011
Whether your business is summer seasonal, e.g. beer, ice cream or you enjoy a relatively flat demand profile one of your key challenges will be to reach your Traditional Trade (TT) consumers. Where TT remains sizable and therefore important, your…

S&OP Compliance – 3 Steps to Success

Michael Thompson Mon, Jun 13, 2011
I have had several further discussions with our Supply Chain Executive from a recent blog on the subject of supply chain and S&OP compliance and its relationship to supply chain assessment. Let me reiterate the key issue.  Many organisations…

Practical Guide to SKU Complexity Reduction in the Premier League

Dave Jordan Mon, Jun 13, 2011
Previously I have looked at sku complexity in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical businesses and how it can affect customer service and profitability. This simple chart shows how you should be reviewing your sku portfolio to ensure your resources are…

FMCG, Brewing, Pharma Champions League Supply Chains

Dave Jordan Tue, Jun 07, 2011
Barcelona won the Champions League finally quite easily and to actually hear Sir Alex say something like “they gave us a good hiding” was refreshing. Messi was far from untidy and several Barcelona players looked head and shoulders above their…