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FMCG S&OP: Who is the stooge in your process?

Dave Jordan Mon, Jul 02, 2018
Laurel and Hardy, Morecambe and Wise, Abbott and Costello, Little and Large, Hale and Pace, May and Johnson. These are examples of double acts where one party plays the straight/stooge and apparently serious man while the other plays the…

FMCG New Product Development (NPD) is a key part of S&OP

Dave Jordan Mon, Jun 25, 2018
There is enough disruption and discontinuity in supply chains without the necessary evil or pleasure of new product development (NPD) and product change getting in the way. Just when everyone has become used to ordering, storing, picking, delivering…

Supply Chain: Goats, Kennedy Brexit & Analytics

Dave Jordan Thu, Jun 21, 2018
Over the years I have seen many strange sights on various forms of transport. In the Middle East I sat next to a vicious looking falcon on a flight to Bahrain. The falcon was extremely well behaved but then again so was I! In Africa a guy jumped on…

FMCG Supply Chain dates to remember: Advanced Planning

Dave Jordan Wed, Jan 31, 2018
February is here but blink and you will miss it as it is not a leap year. You cannot change January performance and February should be quite firm by now, so you need to be looking further ahead in your S&OP. Much further ahead. What is coming soon…

Your FMCG Supply Chain: The end of January is nigh!

Dave Jordan Wed, Jan 24, 2018
Where has that first post-holiday month gone? Suddenly it’s the 24th of January and there are only 7 calendar days and 5 working days until you close the month. Adopt panic stations despite what Corporal Jones of Dad’s Army would say. Are you ahead…

FMCG Supply Chain: What is your 2018 Planning Priority?

Dave Jordan Wed, Jan 17, 2018
We already find ourselves at 17th January so not many days left to ensure your monthly top and bottom lines are on target. Good luck with that if your business (& body!) is only just shaking off the holiday excesses. What is top of mind? The sagging…

Your FMCG Supply Chain in 2018: 5 Problematic Predictions

Dave Jordan Wed, Jan 10, 2018
Chris Rea has finally found the correct turn off, a lot of people in Africa still don’t know its Christmas and the novelty Santa toilet seat cover is back in the box. Oh, and chocolate Easter eggs are in the shops 4 months in advance. Christmas and…

FMCG Noddy Holder & Slade Implement S&OP

Dave Jordan Tue, Dec 19, 2017
Christmas is coming around faster than ever and who better than Noddy Holder and Slade to celebrate Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP). This festive song has been heard at Christmas every year since 1973! If you have been living in a cave on a…

FMCG Food Waste: Supply chain speed and agility v inventory.

Dave Jordan Mon, Dec 11, 2017
Hooray! Many supermarket chains now sell imperfect or misshapen fruit and vegetables at a discount. As you may know I am a big fan of buying this type of food as taste has nothing to do with shape based on my massive culinary knowledge. Whether my…

FMCG Year-end 2017: Distributors overstocked?

Dave Jordan Thu, Nov 30, 2017
How is 2017 going so far? Are you in cruise control or is your business chaos central? Be honest now! The last quarter of the year is always difficult to manage in order to achieve 2017 results without negatively impacting 2018. When your business…

FMCG Trade Loading & 4th Quarter Challenges - deja vue all over again!

Dave Jordan Mon, Nov 27, 2017
Some things never change and FMCG 4th Quarter challenges certainly do not. The same challenges are clearly present and what is astonishing is that some companies are still making short term, expensive efforts to “make the sales numbers”. I don't…

NHS UK Supply Chain Waste: Planning Patience

Dave Jordan Thu, Sep 28, 2017
I have spent some considerable time visiting medical facilities both at home and in UK and in the latter case I was not impressed. The National Health Service is still the envy of the rest of the world and rightly so. When you consider the policies…

FMCG Cost Control: Boosting Brewing Bottom Lines

Dave Jordan Tue, Sep 19, 2017
Picture the scene in many a brewing boardroom; a terse note has arrived from the suits at HQ telling the boss to urgently reduce costs as the year-end result is not going to look pretty. Why do all the board directors then look silently at their…

FMCG Planning: If you like chocolate, now is the time!

Dave Jordan Wed, Jan 11, 2017
Overeaten chocolate during the holidays but still want some more? Get yourself and a large blue IKEA bag down to your local supermarket as chocolate is heavily discounted. Easter is not far away this year so why not save a little cash and stock up…

The Twelve Days of Supply Chain 2016

Dave Jordan Mon, Dec 19, 2016
On the first day of Christmas, Enchange gave to me  A robust S&OP.  On the second day of Christmas,  Enchange gave to me  Two fine consultants,  And a robust S&OP. On the third day of Christmas,  Enchange gave to me  An ERP go-live, Two fine…

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