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Supply Chain Analytics: Sprouts, Imodium & Harry Potter

Dave Jordan Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Christmas and new year holidays seem a long way behind. The decorations have been squeezed back into their boxes for another year and Slade, Cliff, Bing, Bowie and others are safely back in their CD cases. Turkeys around the world are rejoicing as…

FMCG CEO 2016 Letter to Santa Claus (aka Father Christmas)

Dave Jordan Tue, Dec 20, 2016
Dear Santa, I have been a very good FMCG CEO this year, I promise. If you want, you can check with my shareholders. They know how good I have been this year. Apart from the out of stocks of course, oh and the little mistake when we had to write…

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…

FMCG CEO Christmas Gift: Implement S&OP – Slade style!

Dave Jordan Fri, Dec 16, 2016
Christmas is coming around faster than ever and who better than Noddy Holder and Slade to give a Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) process to your business as a present. This song has been heard at Christmas every year since 1973! If you have been…

Santa & Opening Presents - S&OP is Invaluable at Christmas

Dave Jordan Fri, Dec 09, 2016
“Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh…” How many of you started to sing then? Yes, the festive period is fast approaching and the biggest and best Supply Chain in the world is almost ready to activate. This is always the most…

Case Study: FMCG (Friendly Man Carrying Gifts) RTM (Reindeer To Market)

Dave Jordan Wed, Dec 07, 2016
Client :         Santa Claus aka Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, St. Nick or simply Santa Market:        A large part of the World Scope:          FMCG Reindeer Route To Market Distribution Deliverable: Evaluation of RTM against sector benchmarks In…

FMCG & Shakespeare? Macbeth S&OP Soliloquy

Dave Jordan Mon, Apr 25, 2016
As we one again celebrate St George's Day and the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare (also the date he died, coincidentally) what would the great bard think about Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) in FMCG businesses? Let us take a look...... Is…

FMCG Foods: Hugh F-W and UK Retailer & Producer Waste

Dave Jordan Wed, Nov 04, 2015
Good to see chefy type and anagramists dream Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall speaking out about the continuing food waste in UK. After the faceless, expenses-hungry suits in Brussels relaxed the laws some years ago retailers have been allowed to vary…

FMCG Supply Chain Scorecard Performance Measurement: Del-Boy Style....

Dave Jordan Wed, Aug 05, 2015
In a related post I took a look at the use of Balanced Scorecards in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical businesses but in fact they are entirely appropriate for any business. Whatever your business size or offering you will benefit from knowing…

FMCG: Do S&M cause pain in your business?

Dave Jordan Wed, Jun 10, 2015
No, honestly this is a blog about FMCG Supply Chains! Those seeking advice on leather whips and chains should return to Google and search again now. Within any FMCG business are there any people lacking more in structure, discipline and planning as…

FMCG: The most perfect Supply Chain in the history of the universe?

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 01, 2015
I will not reveal the name of the organisation for obvious reasons but their Supply Chain is clearly one very impressive, slick machine. Across the Source, Plan, Make and Deliver Supply Chain disciplines we can see excellence and leading edge…

FMCG Supply Chain: The Top 10 Smash Hits (with a twist)

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 25, 2015
The worlds of Supply Chain and popular music may be strange bed fellows but if you look closely you will see many a smash hit have a supply chain theme. Let us take a tongue-in-cheek look at the latest Supply Chain charts. I Want My ERP – Sting is…

FMCG Supply Chain Language; What do we really mean?

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 18, 2015
If you are honest you have probably sat bored in an airport lounge waiting for your inevitably delayed flight and listened in on a conversation. Go on, admit it! If the discussion topic is not one with which you are familiar it can be as if you are…

FMCG SKU Complexity E-book: Free Download

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 18, 2015
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…

FMCG: Free Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) e-Book

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 04, 2015
Whether your deployment of Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) is as solid as fine old Cheddar or is more like Emmental after a rodent rampage, you will benefit from this free e-book. The Enchange S&OP e-book tells you what S&OP is, what S&OP does,…

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