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A Marriage of Inconvenience? Service Level Agreements (SLA)

Dave Jordan Tue, May 21, 2024
If you do not specifically agree on what is expected between two parties before you start a relationship then anything and everything but success is likely. Would you buy a used car from a politician? You buy a new car and you get a contract that…

Time for Action - Confused by FMCG data & information?

Dave Jordan Wed, May 15, 2024
Who coined that irritating term “Big Data”? How did we get there without normal sized data, slightly larger data, large data and bordering on big data? People working in or associated with extended Supply Chains may seem obsessed by data yet data…

Procurement Transformation to Lower Costs - 12 Questions to Ask

Ratib Ratib Wed, Jul 13, 2022
Why do you need this transformation? If you: Do not have well-defined and aligned procurement and supply chain strategy Do not have strategically positioned procurement function Do not have clear procurement roles and responsibilities Do not have…

12 Focus Areas for Supply Chain & Route to Market Transformation in Africa

Michael Thompson Wed, Feb 09, 2022
How do we deliver sustained excellence in supply chain and route to market in the challenging markets in Africa? I refer here to the entire supply chain from materials to shelf – i.e. supply chain and route to market (RtM). Although many of the…

Supply Chain Change – 6 External Factors to Consider

Michael Thompson Tue, Feb 01, 2022
To recap, last week’s introductory article - The 7 Essential Elements to Drive Change in your Supply Chain – considered the overall recipe for successful change. It was to understand: Why is change needed? What needs to change? How will the change…

7 Essential Elements to Drive Change in Your Supply Chain

Michael Thompson Tue, Jan 25, 2022
I spent time over the Christmas break looking back at a lot of the great blogging work my colleagues have done during 2021. As I reflected, I reviewed some of our recent client project notes. Catching up on some filing (not usually a good idea over…

FMCG Essentials to Improve Distributor Sales & RtM Execution

Ross Marie Tue, Sep 28, 2021
Our step-by-step approach to drive and develop FMCG distributor performance is an eight-module programme that we call the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. This programme is used for: Strategy: Implement a new FMCG company approach to…

Enchange Supply Chain House - Supply Chain Evaluation

Dave Jordan Tue, Sep 28, 2021
The Enchange Supply Chain House; the one-stop shop for the elements you need to achieve supply chain excellence. In previous articles we have looked at each element of the Enchange Supply Chain House in some detail. Source – supplying the necessary…

7 Building Blocks of FMCG Supply Chain Excellence – Raw Material to Consumer

Dave Jordan Tue, Jun 29, 2021
The Enchange Supply Chain House is a simple and easy to understand reference model providing a clearly defined and proven understanding of your supply chain status and future potential. The Supply Chain House shows the components of your supply…

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…

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 Leaders Guide to Supply Chain Excellence

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 28, 2021
I mentioned in a recent article that my educational background is in chemistry but I stumbled into supply chain in the undulating sands of the Saudi Arabian desert. Later, I remember talking to former R&D colleagues about my new vocation and was met…

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 KPIs: Performance improvement or blame-storming?

Dave Jordan Tue, Mar 30, 2021
Once upon a time I worked in a well-known detergent powder factory in the north of England which has now sadly closed. The factory manager at the time must remain nameless but he had a habit of dragging people from the R&D Laboratory to show off his…

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