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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: 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 Humour: Supply Chain Communication Clarity

Dave Jordan Wed, Sep 17, 2014
The United States of America, the US of A, Uncle Sam and the land of the three. No, not a typo but three visits to USA by yours truly, that is.  Two for business and one for pleasure but you cannot visit there without having fun even if it is after…

FMCG Foods Turnaround: A highly successful S&OP Case Study

Dave Jordan Wed, Jul 23, 2014
I know I am prone to rattle on about Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) but seeing the benefits being delivered to previously struggling business is extremely motivating for a confirmed “techy” like myself. If only we could advertise such successes…

FMCG KPIs: Promoting improved performance or blame-storming?

Dave Jordan Wed, Jul 09, 2014
Once upon a time I was working in a well-known detergent powder factory in the north of England. The factory manger at the time will remain nameless but he had a habit of dragging people from the production floor to show off the latest gadget or new…

Is this the most perfect FMCG or Pharma or Drinks Supply Chain ever?

Dave Jordan Tue, Apr 01, 2014
I will not reveal the name of the organisation for obvious reasons but their Supply Chain is one very impressive, slick machine. Across the Source, Plan, Make and Deliver Supply Chain disciplines we can see excellence and leading edge systems and…

FMCG/Pharma KPI Scorecard: How accurate are your calculations?

Dave Jordan Thu, Oct 31, 2013
Well I find it strange anyway.  Whenever I go to see my doctor she always greets me with a cheery “good morning, how are you?” I always feel like replying “well I‘m in your clinic so there is a fair chance I need some medical advice or assistance”.…

FMCG/Pharma KPI Scorecard; Traffic Light Colours Explained

Dave Jordan Wed, Oct 02, 2013
Those of a certain age and a fondness for seriously daft comedy may recognise these lines from a Monty Python song. The full version is available here but this short section provides the general gist of the lyrical content quality: He likes traffic…

FMCG KPI/Balanced Scorecard or Monthly Data Dumping?

Dave Jordan Wed, Aug 07, 2013
Last week was spent enjoying the weather in UK as I moved the heiress into her third new student house in 3 years.  This time the house has 9 – yes nine – residents which must make it a no go area for anyone above the age of 25 unless wearing…

Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) KPI Scorecard Improvement

Dave Jordan Thu, Apr 18, 2013
I like S&OP. You have probably gathered as much from previous blogs but I genuinely do. I see the value in its implementation and more importantly, maintenance in numerous FMCG, brewing and pharmaceutical companies. Once you have taken the plunge…

Balanced Scorecard & Intensive Care Recovery KPIs

Dave Jordan Thu, Feb 28, 2013
On a daily basis the amount of care we give to the human body is remarkably little. When you are feeling good the best the body can hope for is a good wash, a brush of the teeth and a slap of moisturiser if you are a bit of a girly. What else?…

FMCG S&OP: Enabling change as good as the best CEO

Dave Jordan Mon, Dec 17, 2012
Nearly the year end. Have you started planning for that party? Are the presents all sorted out? Cards ready before the final posting date? No, I thought not. All the fuss will be over before you know it and then January will see the usual raft of…

SKU Complexity E-book: Free Download

Dave Jordan Wed, May 09, 2012
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…

Balanced Scorecard Performance Measurement: Del-Boy Style

Dave Jordan Fri, Mar 16, 2012
In a recent post  I took a brief 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…

Balanced Scorecard: Keeping Track of Supply Chain Performance

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 07, 2012
How do you keep track of Supply Chain performance within your FMCG, Brewing or Pharmaceutical business? You do, don’t you? If you are not measuring KPIs then perhaps you should stop here, read this KPI piece and then pop back and carry. You can…