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Top 10 Tips to Effective Consensus in S&OP

Dave Jordan Wed, Aug 18, 2021
The Enchange Supply Chain House; the one-stop shop for the elements you need to achieve supply chain excellence. In successful FMCG companies, Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) is the flexible glue that holds your processes together, ensuring…

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…

Guide to FMCG Supply Chain – Make Function

Dave Jordan Thu, May 20, 2021
Welcome to the Make edition of our FMCG supply chain guide, a centrally located room in the Enchange Supply Chain House. Previously we have looked at the Planning and Sourcing functions and those overview articles can be found here. The Make…

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…

FMCG Foods Turnaround: A successful S&OP Case Study

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 21, 2021
I know, I know. I know I am prone to rattle on about Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) but seeing the benefits being delivered to previously struggling businesses is extremely motivating for a confirmed “techy” like myself. Not permitted…

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…

FMCG: Supply Chain Spring Clean

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 24, 2021
After the viral trials and tribulations of 2020, is the market going to get any better any time soon? Many big-name companies predicted/reported indifferent Q4 results and all offer caution about the continuing "difficult market conditions”. Ok, so…

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…

Supply Chains: Do you use data or information?

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 03, 2021
Who coined that irritating term “Big Data”? How did we get there without normal sized data, slightly larger data, chubby data and bordering on big data? People working in or associated with extended Supply Chains may seem obsessed by data yet data…

Extended Supply Chain - What do all those initials really mean?

Dave Jordan Thu, Feb 25, 2021
Is it just me or does FMCG life seems to be increasingly full of initials? New examples seem to pop up on a weekly basis with COVID-19 being top of mind currently. In line with many business functions Supply Chain and other functions use multiple…

FMCG Complexity Reduction - A Practical Guide

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 17, 2021
One of my Top 10 Supply Chain Improvement Resolutions for 2021 referred to SKU complexity and I recently discussed how that complexity negatively affects cost and service. With the discontinuity caused by COVID-19 many CEOs should be looking at…

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