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FMCG Foods: Shocking Retailer & Producer Waste

Dave Jordan Tue, Oct 29, 2013
That is an astonishing amount of food waste. Tesco in the UK has held its hands up and admitted it has generated 30,000 tonnes of food waste in the first 6 months of 2013. If that waste rate continues unabated it will reach an enormous 60.000 tonnes…

FMCG/Pharma European Supply Chain Quality challenges

Dave Jordan Thu, Sep 12, 2013
We took a weekend break in Prague recently. I have been there before but only saw the inside of a taxi, a hotel and a soap factory that also makes margarine so this was a real tourism opportunity with the family. These days I do actually relax on…

FMCG Customer Service & Complaints: Why do you plan for failure?

Dave Jordan Wed, Aug 28, 2013
Do you remember those long running TV advertising campaigns for probably/possibly the best lager/beer in the world? The specific advert from the UK that sticks in my mind is the one where Mr. Middle Manager is leaving the office for the evening when…

FMCG Logistics: Are you optimising trucking weight & volume capacity?

Dave Jordan Wed, Aug 21, 2013
I crossed a border in Eastern Europe recently and although the private and car traffic sailed through without delay there were a surprising number of trucks parked in a snake on the approach roads. Both countries are in the EU so I guess someone was…

Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP): From Chaos to Cruise Control

Dave Jordan Mon, Mar 04, 2013
You could hear the groans around the room when the CEO announced to the company that they had decided to finally implement Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP). Enchange was asked to facilitate the implementation - no, they were not groaning at…

“Lean” FMCG/Drinks factory operations mean excess manpower

Dave Jordan Mon, Feb 04, 2013
Back in the days when the only reality TV was live sport, a tablet got rid of your headache and a mobile was a normal phone with a longer cable, I used to run a large FMCG factory. Long before TPM was implemented the factory cost base was huge and…

FMCG S&OP: Enabling change as good as the best CEO

Dave Jordan Mon, Dec 17, 2012
Nearly the year end. Have you started planning for that party? Are the presents all sorted out? Cards ready before the final posting date? No, I thought not. All the fuss will be over before you know it and then January will see the usual raft of…

FMCG Regional & Global Manufacturing; Is the factory tide turning?

Dave Jordan Thu, Sep 20, 2012
This post on migration and return of retailers to the high street had me thinking about a similar effect in manufacturing.  No, I don’t mean FMCG companies are now placing factories in towns and villages next to post offices and fast “food” outlets.…

FMCG Food Stocks Purchasing: Student House Supply Chain:

Dave Jordan Fri, Aug 17, 2012
The student house. What a great idea to join with some university friends and rent a house together. This is far better than university halls as you can have parties 24/7 without security telling you to keep the noise down.  Ok, if you are still all…

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…

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…

7 Top Tips to Successful Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Integration

Dave Jordan Tue, Apr 10, 2012
The ink is dry on the deal, the celebratory corks have been popped and the lawyers have gone off to bank a small fortune. The projected negotiations to thrash out a deal to buy or merge with another FMCG or other sector company are finally over.…

Top 10 Recession Busting Supply Chain Resolutions for 2013

Dave Jordan Mon, Jan 23, 2012
This seems like déjà-vue all over again! Only a handful of working days into the New Year and I am hearing the same old complaints about the economy and business in general being poor. Of course this is true and does not look like changing any time…

FMCG Cost Optimisation: Cause or Effect of Supply Chain Excellence?

Dave Jordan Tue, Sep 20, 2011
I recently had a lengthy discussion with someone from the Armed Forces who was preparing to lead his men into a currently dangerous part of the world. I enquired about the logistics of delivering people, arms and machines to the right place at the…

Reducing Cost in FMCG, Brewing, Pharma Businesses

Dave Jordan Mon, May 23, 2011
Picture the scene in many a boardroom; a note has come from HQ telling the boss to reduce costs as globally the annual set of results is not going to look pretty. Why do all the board directors then look at their Supply Chain colleague? Of course…