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Route to Market & Supply Chain Blog

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FMCG/Pharma Supply Chains: Is face to face communication dead?

Dave Jordan Mon, Apr 29, 2013
I took a look at how technology has changed the way Supply Chains work in a previous blog. During my recent trip to foreign parts – yes, Birkenhead and most of UK is foreign to me now – I saw modern technology in action like I have never seen before…

FMCG/Brewing/Pharma Factories : Manufacturing Golden Rules

Dave Jordan Thu, Apr 25, 2013
When I was managing an FMCG factory in Saudi Arabia one of the most frustrating challenges was the lack of factory capability understanding of Sales & Marketing colleagues and some detached Board members. People who have never worked in factories…

FMCG/Brewing/Pharma S&OP:Is Stodgy & ‘Orrible Pasta on your menu

Dave Jordan Mon, Apr 22, 2013
I spent Easter in UK suffering the bitter cold, visiting the heiress and once more watching Tranmere Rovers lose live. Whether on TV or in person I have not seen them win for several years now so I am developing a jinx complex. This season they have…

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) KPI Scorecard Improvement

Dave Jordan Thu, Apr 18, 2013
I like S&OP. You have probably gathered as much from previous blogs but I genuinely do. I see the value in its implementation and more importantly, maintenance in numerous FMCG, brewing and pharmaceutical companies. Once you have taken the plunge…

FMCG S&OP: Winning the Oxford-Cambridge University Boat Race

Dave Jordan Mon, Apr 15, 2013
The Oxford versus Cambridge University boat race took place at the end of March and Oxford emerged as the victors. This is an historic event which has taken place every year since 1829 with the exception of the 2 World Wars and teams have contained…

SKU complexity, on shelf availability & the race for the White House?

Dave Jordan Thu, Apr 11, 2013
I have tried to understand how the USA presidential election system works and even after several elections I still struggle.The last few months when it comes down to one against one is fairly straightforward but the earlier jostling for position is…

Improve your Supply Chain by celebrating “Out Of Stocks” (OOS)

Dave Jordan Mon, Apr 08, 2013
Out of stocks? Excellent news and a huge relief for all! A celebration party or at least a few drinks would be the next immediate priority but only after a bath or shower. Being sentenced to the stocks in medieval times was a very public humiliation…

You need more than speed for Route To Market (RTM) success.

Dave Jordan Thu, Apr 04, 2013
In my D&E career I have lived and worked in many different countries on all continents except the Australia/New Zealand bits. Oh, and the North/South Poles of course – not a lot of demand for FMCG there, yet.  There is one recurring theme that seems…