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Route to Market & Supply Chain Blog

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FMCG Romania : the benefits of Interim Management

Dave Jordan Fri, Mar 30, 2012
Interim Management is an approach used by companies to “make things happen” within a clear budget and without the headaches of recruiting an full time employee (FTE).  The benefits are numerous but initially…… Immediate access to expert supply chain…

FMCG Route To Market (RTM): Talking Heads Discussion Part 1

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 28, 2012
Small table, two blokes, close up camera shot. Mal: RTM. Jeff: What’s that then, Malaysian TV station? Mal: No. Jeff: Oh, it’s the IATA code for The Hague airport where they send all the war criminals. Mal: Er, no. It’s the business. Jeff: What…

FMCG, Brewing and Pharma : Famous Last Supply Chain Words

Dave Jordan Fri, Mar 23, 2012
The “Famous Last words” of people can be intriguing, rude and frequently very, very funny just as much as they can be complete nonsense. In the context of Supply Chain, “Famous Last Words” are usually uttered just before something disastrous or…

Get your FMCG Balkan Supply Chain ready for EU accession

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 21, 2012
The EU has not welcomed any new member states since Bulgaria and Romania joined the club in 2007 but there is quite a queue knocking on the door and expecting the ok over the next few years. The hopefuls include a number of Southern European Balkan…

Top 7 Facts & Fiction of Using Supply Chain Consultants

Dave Jordan Mon, Mar 19, 2012
Some FMCG, Brewing, Pharmaceutical organisations are comfortable with the idea of using consultants while others avoid them like the plague. Having been on both sides of the fence with respect to supply chain consultancy services I can appreciate…

Balanced Scorecard Performance Measurement: Del-Boy Style

Dave Jordan Fri, Mar 16, 2012
In a recent post  I took a brief look at the use of Balanced Scorecards in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical businesses but in fact they are entirely appropriate for any business. Whatever your business size or offering you will benefit from knowing…

FMCG Supply Chain Challenges: International Rugby Union.......

Dave Jordan Thu, Mar 15, 2012
Sacred blue, mon petite pois, bonjour as Del Boy would say. Against all odds, a very young and experimental England rugby team defeated France in the 2012 6 Nations. Add in the fact that this match was in France and the home team had not lost there…

What an RTM Assessment can achieve: FMCG, Brewing, Pharma

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 14, 2012
Just a short blog today for a little bit of fun but with a serious message. If you have not studied your Route To Market (RTM) deployment recently then now would be a good time. What was appropriate even a few short years ago can be wholly out of…

Andre Villas-Boas and Managing Supply Chain Change

Dave Jordan Mon, Mar 12, 2012
The merry-go-round continues in English football. Few will have been shocked by the sacking of Les Parry by Tranmere Rovers but the appointment of Ronnie Moore as his immediate replacement is a surprise. Having been sacked by Tranmere a few years…

Balanced Scorecard: Keeping Track of Supply Chain Performance

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 07, 2012
How do you keep track of Supply Chain performance within your FMCG, Brewing or Pharmaceutical business? You do, don’t you? If you are not measuring KPIs then perhaps you should stop here, read this KPI piece and then pop back and carry. You can…

Call Centers & Service Desks in FMCG, Brewing & Pharma

Dave Jordan Mon, Mar 05, 2012
If you are a CEO or MD of an FMCG, Brewing, Pharmaceutical company with a perceived good reputation for service and you operate a Call Centre or Customer Service Desk then you should personally try calling it from time to time. I don’t know about…

FMCG Markets in CEE: Big pack sizes & missed growth opportunities

Dave Jordan Thu, Mar 01, 2012
If you are running an FMCG factory the least welcome pack sizes will be something like 50g sachets of washing powder or 50ml tubes of toothpaste, i.e. relatively slow filling and low capacity. In multinationals these small pack skus are likely to…