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Harness the Best in FMCG Distributor Execution - Joint Business Plans

Ross Marie Wed, Oct 20, 2021
Over the last few months, I have shared the proven and successful Enchange approach, to find and develop FMCG Distributor Partners (DPs). We call this the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. We use this Programme to source new DPs, to…

FMCG Essentials to Improve Distributor Sales & RtM Execution

Ross Marie Tue, Sep 28, 2021
Our step-by-step approach to drive and develop FMCG distributor performance is an eight-module programme that we call the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. This programme is used for: Strategy: Implement a new FMCG company approach to…

Learn the Fundamentals of FMCG Distributor Financial Health

Ross Marie Tue, Sep 21, 2021
I recently shared our step-by-step approach to drive and develop distributor performance to deliver long term sales growth. It is an eight-module programme that we call the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. We use this approach to…

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN MANAGING FMCG DISTRIBUTOR PARTNERS (DP)?

Ross Marie Wed, Jul 07, 2021
Here are a ‘Top 10’ to kick off the discussions. 1. COMPETITION: Your DP competes with you. 2. CREDIT: DP does not pay &/or uses your credit for other ventures. 3. VOLUME: Unexplained decline or forward buying with no sell out. 4. RTM STRATEGY: DP…

FMCG Distributor Development – Drive Excellence in Planning and Logistics

Ross Marie Mon, Jun 28, 2021
I recently shared our step-by-step approach to drive and develop distributor performance. We call this the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. I have previously shared the first Four modules: Module 1 - Producer RtM Strategy – Translate…

10 Must Have Pillars for Successful FMCG Distributor Partnerships

Ross Marie Thu, Jun 17, 2021
I recently started a blog series on indirect distribution by sharing our step-by-step approach to drive and develop distributor performance. We call this the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. I have previously shared the first three…

How to Identify Your FMCG Distribution Weaknesses & Strengths

Ross Marie Mon, May 24, 2021
I recently started a blog series on indirect distribution by sharing our step-by-step approach to drive and develop distributor performance. We call this the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. The programme has eight modules, across…

The 8 Critical Areas You Must Focus on When Selecting FMCG Distributors

Ross Marie Tue, May 18, 2021
I recently started a blog series on indirect distribution by sharing our step-by-step approach to drive and develop distributor performance. We call this the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. The programme has eight modules, across…

Drive FMCG Distributor Performance by First Mastering Your Own RtM Strategy

Ross Marie Thu, Apr 29, 2021
I recently started a blog series on indirect distribution. I began by examining the 10 biggest challenges Route to Market (RtM) leaders face in managing FMCG Distributors. Then in response to this in my last post I shared our step-by-step approach…

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…

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…

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…

9 Step Formula to Bulletproof Your FMCG Channel and Distribution Strategy

Ross Marie Tue, Jan 26, 2021
Arguably the most important element to any Route to Market strategy for a consumer goods company is their Distribution Strategy. Very often, when results are not coming in, the distributors get the blame and may even be replaced. Too often, their…

Route to Market Training Essentials - 10 Key Steps of the Sales Reps Call

Ross Marie Wed, Jan 13, 2021
I am going to continue with some sporting analogies, as I did in my last blog, Route to Market Roles and Avoiding Square Pegs in Round Holes. There are many common areas across many sports, but there is at least one specific area of sport that…

Route to Market Roles and Avoiding Square Pegs in Round Holes

Ross Marie Thu, Jan 07, 2021
A colleague who works for a global multinational in a large African market has asked an interesting question, which also points to a wider issue across the Route to Market function. I feel it is worth sharing as a topic of discussion. The question…

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