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Route to Market & Supply Chain Blog

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Do Spreadsheets Undermine Your  ERP?

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 14, 2021
Despite what you may wish to believe the answer is almost certainly, yes. You have invested heavily in brand new ERP software and a similar investment in some smart, young consultancy people to run the implementation. You will have spent some…

The Step-by-Step Guide to Deliver World Class FMCG Distributor Performance

Ross Marie Thu, Apr 08, 2021
In my last post we discussed the biggest challenges that a Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) company could face when managing the ‘last mile’ of the Route to Market (RtM). Once we have examined the challenges and the pitfalls in managing distributors or…

FMCG ERP – how will you cope when yours fails?

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 07, 2021
The last few months have been remarkably busy on both the business and domestic fronts. COVID 19 and other challenges have ensured there was little time to rest over the Christmas season and 2021 has started off in the same vein. What does the rest…

Is this a perfect FMCG Supply Chain?

Dave Jordan Thu, Apr 01, 2021
I cannot reveal the name of this specific organisation for obvious reasons but their Supply Chain is one very impressive, slick machine. Across the Source, Plan, Make and Deliver SCOR Supply Chain disciplines we see excellence, leading edge systems…

FMCG KPIs: Performance improvement or blame-storming?

Dave Jordan Tue, Mar 30, 2021
Once upon a time I worked in a well-known detergent powder factory in the north of England which has now sadly closed. The factory manager at the time must remain nameless but he had a habit of dragging people from the R&D Laboratory to show off his…

FMCG: Supply Chain Spring Clean

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 24, 2021
After the viral trials and tribulations of 2020, is the market going to get any better any time soon? Many big-name companies predicted/reported indifferent Q4 results and all offer caution about the continuing "difficult market conditions”. Ok, so…

The 10 Biggest Challenges Route to Market (RtM) Leaders Face in Managing FMCG Distributors

Ross Marie Mon, Mar 22, 2021
If you ask any sports person who has played a contact sport, how to avoid getting hurt, very often you will be told to try your best not to get hit. In order to avoid the hits, you need to understand more about them including when they are likely to…

FMCG: Time to review unnecessary roles and processes

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 17, 2021
I think we all agree that life will never be the same again after COVID-19 has dealt a stunning blow to humanity. While the horrendous death toll is a modern day calamity, the pandemic provides an unavoidable opportunity to do things differently…

Supply Chains: Post COVID Readiness

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 10, 2021
Fingers, toes and eyes crossed but it looks like there is some light at the end of the COVID 19 tunnel and it is not a train, hopefully. Getting back to normal is a top of mind desire for everyone but that normal will not be how we operated in 2019.…

Supply Chains: Do you use data or information?

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 03, 2021
Who coined that irritating term “Big Data”? How did we get there without normal sized data, slightly larger data, chubby data and bordering on big data? People working in or associated with extended Supply Chains may seem obsessed by data yet data…

Extended Supply Chain - What do all those initials really mean?

Dave Jordan Thu, Feb 25, 2021
Is it just me or does FMCG life seems to be increasingly full of initials? New examples seem to pop up on a weekly basis with COVID-19 being top of mind currently. In line with many business functions Supply Chain and other functions use multiple…

FMCG Complexity Reduction - A Practical Guide

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 17, 2021
One of my Top 10 Supply Chain Improvement Resolutions for 2021 referred to SKU complexity and I recently discussed how that complexity negatively affects cost and service. With the discontinuity caused by COVID-19 many CEOs should be looking at…

The Pandemic Has Changed Where Consumers Shop – Have You Adapted?

Ross Marie Thu, Feb 11, 2021
The Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule, states that for many phenomena 80% of the result comes from 20% of the effort. This principal is often applied in business, and for good reason, it works. Targeting our effort and resource where it will have…

FMCG SKUs: A wagging tail knocks companies off-balance

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 10, 2021
Finally, Friday afternoon and looking forward to running out of school with a whole weekend of football ahead (other sports are available). Just a double Biology lesson to get through and then 2 days of freedom from books, blackboards and bugs.…

5 Key Ways To Get Your Route to Market Horses Fit For The Race

Aristide Kouame Mon, Feb 08, 2021
The new normal brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on so many issues regarding corporate Route to Market (RtM) strategies.  What many companies now face is the truth that has been hidden for years - we cannot race with unstable or…