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The Right Data and Metrics are Vital for FMCG Route to Market Success

Ross Marie Thu, Nov 29, 2018
For a successful Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Route to Market (RtM) Strategy, we must be able to measure our performance across the market, internally within the company and externally against the competition and wider benchmarks. We must be…

FMCG ERP and The Beatles.......? Spreadsheets cause damage.

Dave Jordan Wed, Jul 04, 2018
Some time ago I wrote about the way spreadsheets were undermining expensively assembled ERP’s in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical companies. They still are, by the way. Not too long ago a paper on Public Debt and Austerity published by 2 eminent…

How Spreadsheets Undermine Your FMCG ERP

Dave Jordan Mon, Jun 11, 2018
Despite what you may wish to believe the answer is probably, yes. You have invested heavily in brand new ERP software and similarly heavily in some smart, young consultancy people to run the implementation. You will have spent some timing debating…

Supply Chain – regular IT to Supply Chain Analytics

Dave Jordan Thu, Aug 11, 2016
I am an App-free zone. I have to admit I am not a big App fan but at least I now know what an App is after a lengthy period of ignorant denial. Originally used only by cutting edge, bearded techies (sorry Steve), Apps have become a major part of…

FMCG: ERP’s – how will you cope when yours fails?

Dave Jordan Wed, Jul 15, 2015
Yes I know, the recent blog posts have been a little Blog Gold meets Classic Blog with a touch of All Our Yesterdays and the History Channel but here is a fresh new offering. The last few months have been very busy both on the business and domestic…

FMCG: New Top Ten Supply Chain Improvement Resolutions for 2015

Dave Jordan Wed, Jan 07, 2015
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein How many of you will be reaching for an electric cigarette or giving up smoking altogether for the New Year?  How long will it be before visits to…

FMCG ERP Selection: Road to success or road to ruin?

Dave Jordan Wed, Jul 30, 2014
I know this will not impress Jeremy Clarkson – and why would I want to? - but my first car was a Renault 5. I realise this is possibly only 2 steps up from a classic Citroen 2CV which Jasper Carrott likened to an upturned corrugated crab on wheels.…

FMCG/Pharmacuticals: Macbeth Supply Chain S&OP Soliloquy

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 23, 2014
As we celebrate St George's Day and the birthday of William Shakespeare (also the date he died!) what would the great bard think about S&OP in FMCG and Pharmaceuticals? Is this a plan which I see before me, The numbers are as we planned? Come, let…

Leading Edge S&OP: Periodically check for relevance & compliance

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 26, 2014
As a sign of how long we have spent living in Romania we have adopted the Domestos si harnici si darnici or spring cleaning routine. The first target of this spring was the kitchen. All cupboards and drawers were emptied including some for the first…

FMCG Supply Chain IT : ERP and WMS – use it or lose it Mr CEO!

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 19, 2014
In a development similar to buying your first colour TV (yes my dear daughter, we watched black & white telly) or the first microwave cooker, I have finally bought a Smartphone. This is a significant step as my previous sets have all been robust, no…

FMCG CEO appears on Supply Chain Mastermind

Dave Jordan Thu, Jun 13, 2013
Cue the famously ominous theme music, "Approaching Menace" by the British composer Neil Richardson. A hushed, shadowy, darkened studio. Contestant number one leaves his competitors in the dark and walks in a moving beam of light to the famous black…

FMCG, Pharma & Beatles? Spreadsheets damage more than your ERP

Dave Jordan Tue, Jun 11, 2013
Some time ago I wrote about the way spreadsheets were undermining expensively assembled ERP’s in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical companies. They still are, by the way. Recently, a paper on Public Debt and Austerity published by 2 eminent Harvard…

FMCG/Brewing/Pharma CEO Performance Appraisal

Dave Jordan Wed, Oct 24, 2012
FMCG/Brewing/Pharma CEO Performance Appraisal Name: This Couldbeyou Location: Anywhere Role: CEO Sector: FMCG/Brewing/Pharmaceutical Summary of Performance The local economy continues to struggle in the difficult global economic climate and perhaps…

SC IT. The reality of ERP implementation and go-live preparedness

Dave Jordan Mon, Oct 22, 2012
I am not a fan of reality TV at all. These programmes seem to promote the worst in people and you end up with “celebrities” who actually have no talent and in most cases, fewer brains. Seeking more than their usually allotted 15 minutes of fame they…

Is APO music to your Supply Chain ears.........ABBA?

Dave Jordan Fri, Oct 05, 2012
There are many ways to link all the different planning activities in your FMCG company. This could be done with one single tool like the SAP Advanced Planning Optimiser or a host of other tools and packages. As with all IT you need to know how to…