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Route to Market & Supply Chain Blog

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Global Supply Chains: Reliance on ERP data quality & accuracy

Dave Jordan Tue, Feb 28, 2012
Everyone in multi-national companies will have experienced the “data request from head office”. Usually arriving at the most inconvenient time, with unclear instructions and no clear reason-why! These data collection campaigns are often managed by…

Recession affects FMCG warehouse capacity in CEE / Romania

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 22, 2012
The car bounced over the dirt road of potholes and approached the expansive, looming warehouse building that was once so full of life and bustling activity. Paper and plastic fast–food litter gathered up by the breeze blew across the distribution…

Snow: a natural disaster that plays havoc with supply chains

Dave Jordan Mon, Feb 20, 2012
If you ask people to list disasters that have seriously affected supply chains you will probably get answers including the usual suspects, e.g. earthquake, tsunami, flood, volcanic eruption etc. Rarely would you find snow in the list of answers yet…

FMCG Supply Chain: Low Cost CEE Based Embedded Experts

Dave Jordan Thu, Feb 16, 2012
When someone mentions Interim Management you might be one of many who immediately picture a crusty 50+ male wearing a suit Noah gave away at the Ark jumble sale (which now has worn leather patches on the elbows) and flying in from Western Europe to…

FMCG Regional Supply Chains ; Swiss Legal Entities & Local Op-Cos

Dave Jordan Tue, Feb 14, 2012
In Europe at least, there is a fashion for creating a new supply chain legal entity and housing it in a friendly canton in Switzerland. The prime benefit is tax although operational and efficiency savings are often claimed to offset the nasty…

Practical Guide to SKU Complexity: FA Premier League Results

Dave Jordan Mon, Feb 13, 2012
You may recall I took a light-hearted look at the complexity of overpaid Premier League footballers and how they might be treated if they were skus in a business. There is a cost to having an sku on your books whether this is soup, a shampoo or a…

Supply Chain Visibility; Planning for IKA Customers

Dave Jordan Thu, Feb 02, 2012
I came across an interesting problem on FMCG planning this week. The company in question was a blue- chip multi-national with well developed supply chain and business processes, e.g. a suite of relevant and stretching KPIs in place plus a living…