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New Product Development (NPD) needs direct linkage to S&OP

Dave Jordan Wed, May 30, 2012
There is enough disruption and discontinuity in supply chains without the necessary evil of new product development (NPD) and product change getting in the way. Just when everyone has become used to ordering, storing, picking, delivering or…

FMCG S&OP navigation with cheese and wine.......

Dave Jordan Mon, May 28, 2012
Thursday evening and heading out to an organic bread, cheese and wine evening. Oh yes, very sophisticated these days! After temperatures in the 30’s recently the torrential rain and the “end of the world” sky literally dampened spirits as we joined…

Sales & Operational Planning needs communication not technology

Dave Jordan Tue, May 22, 2012
In a recent post I took a look at how technology has changed over a relatively short time and how it is used in supply chains. For example, the cutting edge fax machine of the 1970’s is now joining the VHS and cassette tape players in the sad and…

CEE Logistics 3PLP Tendering: Elvis Presley Sings Sense

Dave Jordan Thu, May 17, 2012
Last week we watched a show featuring an Elvis Presley impersonator/tribute artist. We saw the usual early Elvis leather jacket look followed by the gaudy Las Vegas fancy dress outfit. Vocally, he was a very good match to recordings but not sure how…

SKU Complexity E-book: Free Download

Dave Jordan Wed, May 09, 2012
The English dictionary lists the definition of complexity as “the state or quality of being intricate or complicated: an issue of great complexity”. Wikipedia defines complexity in great detail and starts with “In general usage, complexity tends to…

FMCG Drinks RTM: Effective beer distribution needs proactive partners

Dave Jordan Tue, May 08, 2012
Inevitable, I guess. Large parts of the UK have implemented a hose pipe ban due to lack of water in reservoirs. Almost from the minute the ban was activated the rain has not stopped and now many places are under water with houses and businesses…

Who is the stooge in your S&OP process?

Dave Jordan Fri, May 04, 2012
Laurel and Hardy, Morecambe and Wise, Abbott and Costello, Little and Large, Cameron and Clegg. These are examples of double acts where one party plays the straight/stooge and apparently serious man while the other plays the fool/jester. I admit I…

RTM: IKEA chaos theory and why you must optimise Sales Route Planning

Dave Jordan Tue, May 01, 2012
Ok, I know I should not have gone there. It was a Sunday and well before the live football on the TV. The weather was cold and the air was full of drizzle and as I turned off the roundabout the scale of the folly dawned on me; the IKEA car park was…