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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.…

FMCG SKU Proliferation: How this negatively affects cost and service

Dave Jordan Thu, Feb 04, 2021
Many SKUs sneak onto FMCG price lists when nobody is looking and this is far from facilitating constructive market development. Sales & Marketing colleagues prefer new launches to provide lengthy lists of SKUs; different fragrances, different sizes,…

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…

Break Down Departmental Silos Through Functional Integration for Route to Market Success

Ross Marie Fri, Feb 15, 2019
The FMCG business is like a team sport. There are sales people sent into the field, to sell more products and beat their targets. There are players put on the sports field, charged with scoring points and winning the game. In both scenarios, if the…

Improve Your Key Account Management Approach with these Vital Tips for Route to Market Success

Ross Marie Thu, Jan 31, 2019
Key Account Management (KAM) is how Route to Market (RtM) leaders effectively and efficiently manage the relationship with specific and strategic customers, or customer groupings, to deliver on RtM targets.   Customers are classified as Key Accounts…

Beat the FMCG Competition with an Outstanding Distributor Partnership Programme

Ross Marie Fri, Jan 18, 2019
A Distributor Partnership Programme, if designed and implemented correctly, can be one of the most powerful tools in the Route to Market (RtM) armory for delivering sales growth. A Distributor Partnership Programme sets out which individual…

Realise Route to Market Excellence with a First-Class Trade Incentive Programme

Ross Marie Wed, Dec 19, 2018
What are Trade Incentive Programmes (TIPs)? TIPs are the mechanisms that you put in place to incentivise and encourage your trade partners (e.g. retail, distributor, cash & carry, wholesale, Horeca) to engage with and deliver on your Trade Marketing…

Empowering Sales People with the Right Trade Tool Kit Can be Spectacular

Ross Marie Fri, Dec 14, 2018
Firstly, what are Trade Tool Kits? They are the specific commercial tools and materials that we provide to our Trade Marketing & Distribution/Route to Market (RtM) teams to help get their jobs done and to deliver on their targets. They are the trade…

Take Ownership of Channel Classification for a Killer Route to Market Strategy

Ross Marie Fri, Nov 09, 2018
Let’s start at the beginning. When we talk about Channels, we are referring to channels of distribution to get products from a manufacturer to a consumer or customer. There are many ways to achieve distribution, e.g. direct to consumers (e.g.…

10 Top Tips To Tip-Top Customer Service in FMCG, Drinks & Pharma

Dave Jordan Mon, Aug 06, 2018
Do FMCG, Drinks & Pharma Companies delude themselves on Customer Service? I think some may well be doing this and may or may not know it! Whatever service related KPI you measure, the KPI is designed to asses how you are performing both internally…

FMCG Co-packing and Re-packing Management

Dave Jordan Mon, Jul 30, 2018
Whether you call it co-packing or re-packing this involves the further manipulation of a previously finished and complete SKU. Look around the shelves and the evidence of extra expense and work is displayed by special stickers, multi-packs and…

FMCG – Hunker down and find Supply Chain Analytics

Dave Jordan Wed, Jun 06, 2018
Have you ever “hunkered down”? I remember being asked to hunker down during a business game training course many years ago and I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Eventually I had to ask as failing to follow the hunker downwards request…

An FMCG Success Story; Focus on customers and enjoy the consumer benefits

Dave Jordan Mon, May 28, 2018
Once upon a time there was an FMCG company that I will refer to as “Foresight”. “Foresight” had spent many years and many Euros creating a slick inbound Supply Chain. Top class global, regional and collaborative buying Flexible manufacturing network…

FMCG SKU Proliferation: You DON'T need lost sales in Q4

Dave Jordan Mon, Nov 13, 2017
Extra SKUs sneak onto price lists when nobody is looking. Sales & Marketing colleagues prefer new launches with lengthy SKU lists different flavours, different sizes, different colours, new packaging etc. How many shelf facings do they want? How do…

Global FMCG Supply Chain Transformed by Analytics

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 05, 2017
The Challenge A leading global FMCG company undertook an aggressive supply chain improvement programme across 150 markets. The objective was 100% alignment of worldwide operational activities with company strategy and objectives. Not an…