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Recognise How the Characteristics of FMCG Wholesalers Differ from Distributors – Part 2

Ross Marie Thu, Oct 22, 2020
This post is Part 2 of a series of posts discussing indirect distribution management, and specifically the characteristics and the key differences between FMCG Distributors and Wholesalers. You can read Part 1 which includes the Characteristics of…

Understand the Key Differences Between FMCG Distributors and Wholesalers – Part 1

Ross Marie Tue, Oct 20, 2020
The focus of this article is on indirect distribution. Previously, I have discussed how to achieve Route to Market (RtM) Excellence by effectively using the different types of distribution, our DIME approach, and specifically Direct and Indirect…

10 Points to Consider When Building a Route to Market Centre of Excellence

Ross Marie Mon, Oct 05, 2020
As a company designed to improve the Route to Market (RtM) strategy of our consumer goods clients, at Enchange, we are often asked questions by the RtM community about improving or sharing RtM knowledge. For example, how can organisations best help…

Some Examples of Total Cost to Serve (TCTS) Models in FMCG Route to Market

Ross Marie Mon, Sep 14, 2020
In my last blog we discussed how the Total Cost to Serve (TCTS) can impact the FMCG Route to Market. Since then, I have had several questions and comments asking for some examples of TCTS models. So, in the link below, I have provided some examples.…

How Does Total Cost to Serve (TCTS) Impact the FMCG Route to Market?

Ross Marie Fri, Aug 28, 2020
Understanding the Total Cost to Serve our customers is an essential element to any Route to Market (RtM) Strategy. As FMCG professionals, we need to understand how much it costs us to service our customers. It is also not as simple as it sounds. Why…

Do These 5 Things Now to Strengthen the FMCG Route to Market

Ross Marie Tue, Jun 09, 2020
COVID is rapidly changing the FMCG/retail environment, but these changes are vastly different from market to market and sector to sector. Let us consider some examples: Consumers are moving to online ordering – this is true, but in many markets this…

Digital in FMCG Route to Market is Much More than an Online Ordering Platform

Ross Marie Tue, May 19, 2020
This is such an important issue, and over the last number of weeks, I have been asked about it frequently. Digital and online ordering has played a key role in many markets for some time in RtM strategy and execution. In many cases its applicability…

How to Formulate a Winning Distribution Strategy Fit for the Covid-19 World

Ross Marie Wed, May 13, 2020
Assessing your distribution options is one of the most important elements of any Route to Market strategy. Choosing the wrong distribution strategy, although often not evident in the short term, can cripple a company’s long-term growth, and ability…

Xray Your Route to Market and Uncover the Emerging Trends to Win in a COVID-19 World

Ross Marie Tue, Apr 28, 2020
In my last post we explored ways that you can ‘Reinforce Your Route to Market During These Unprecedented Times’ while working from home. I also provided a list of questions you could use, to allow you to review current RtM performance post COVID-19.…

Reinforce Your Route to Market During These Unprecedented Times

Ross Marie Fri, Apr 17, 2020
The global spread of COVID-19 is an incredibly challenging and worrying time for all of us. The loss of life is already significant, and its spread continues. Many countries around the world are in some form of restricted movement or lockdown. From…

Manage Your FMCG Distributors Better to Grow Sales in Africa

Ross Marie Mon, Nov 18, 2019
Over the last few months I have been writing a blog series on Route to Market Success (RtM) in emerging markets, describing how Enchange has been using the 20 Steps to RtM Excellence to win in these markets for our clients. In my last post, we…

Localising Global Route to Market Strategy is Essential in Emerging Markets

Ross Marie Fri, Nov 08, 2019
Before we even begin to look at how to develop Route to Market (RtM) strategies and execution plans for Fast Moving Consumer Goods Companies (FMCG) in emerging markets like Africa, we need to understand and remind ourselves of a few basic principles…

Can I Build a Winning FMCG Route to Market Strategy on Limited Resources?

Ross Marie Fri, Oct 25, 2019
I am in the middle of writing a blog series on Route to Market (RtM) success in emerging markets, with a specific focus on Africa. I have been receiving some excellent feedback throughout (many thanks!). One topic has come up several times and I…

How Can We Increase Trade Coverage Through Our Distributors in Africa?

Ross Marie Mon, Oct 14, 2019
This is a challenging question and one that we need to break down. Trade coverage, brand distribution, distribution coverage, brand or SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) availability, or whatever terminology you use, is one of the most important Route to…

How do FMCG Companies Increase Sales Volume in Africa?

Ross Marie Fri, Oct 04, 2019
It’s a good question and one that Enchange is often asked. Enchange has been helping clients in Africa for over 25 years. Whilst many things have changed in that time, for example, the use and availability of technology, many things remain the same.…