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Route to Market & Supply Chain Blog

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Key Performance Indicators or just monthly data dumping? 

Dave Jordan Tue, Mar 27, 2018
Last month I spent a few weeks enjoying the UK weather disaster as 10mm of snow brought life to a halt. While there I moved the heiress into her new apartment - not a flat now as student days are over, very posh. Hopefully, that will be the last…

A Practical Guide to FMCG SKU Complexity Reduction 

Dave Jordan Tue, Mar 20, 2018
If your business is struggling to cope with day to day sales while managing innovation and range extensions then give your SKU list a thorough review. Not just a cursory glance but a scientific evaluation of what brings in the profit and what eats…

CEO FMCG Letter to Santa Claus (aka Father Christmas) 2017

Dave Jordan Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Dear Father Christmas,, I have been a very good FMCG CEO this year, I promise. If you want, you can check with my colleagues and shareholders. They know how good I have been this year. Apart from the out of stocks of course, oh and the little…

An FMCG Distributor Is For Life & Not Just For Christmas

Dave Jordan Thu, Dec 14, 2017
Ok, so you are unlikley to see this on a car bumper sticker but FMCG Distributors will have a significant impact on your sales performance, probably your variable pay bonus and therefore your CEO aspirations! How have you treated your Distributors…

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…

Supply Chain Performance: Budget Airlines and KPIs……

Dave Jordan Wed, Jun 14, 2017
I have never been a fan of budget airlines and certainly not since one left me sleeping overnight in the back of beyond that is Luton Airport. That may be an exciting addition to a student’s back-pack holiday itinerary but when you have a glass back…

Interim Management & Consultancy – What's the difference?

Michael Thompson Thu, May 25, 2017
At Enchange, we have provided many supply chain interim managers for clients over the years. I was discussing our supply chain interim management services with a client recently and she asked whether she should be hiring interim managers or…

Top 10 Times You Need Supply Chain Interim Management

Michael Thompson Fri, May 12, 2017
I have been talking to a number of supply chain executives during the last few weeks and something of a theme has emerged. The theme is the immediate need for highly skilled supply chain resource, available at short notice, with the flexibility to…

Supply Chain: The benefits of Interim Management

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Interim Management is an approach used by companies to “make things happen” within a clear budget and without the headaches of recruiting a full time employee (FTE).  The benefits are numerous but initially…… Immediate access to expert supply chain…

An FMCG Distributor Is For Life: Not Just For Christmas

Dave Jordan Wed, Dec 21, 2016
Ok, so you are unlikley to see this on a car bumper sticker but FMCG Distributors will have a significant impact on your sales performance, probably your variable pay bonus and therefore your CEO aspirations! How have you treated your Distributors…

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…

Supply Chain – regular IT to Supply Chain Analytics

Dave Jordan Thu, Aug 11, 2016
I am an App-free zone. I have to admit I am not a big App fan but at least I now know what an App is after a lengthy period of ignorant denial. Originally used only by cutting edge, bearded techies (sorry Steve), Apps have become a major part of…

Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat & his Supply Chain hat

Dave Jordan Wed, Jul 06, 2016
I recently peeped outside of the FMCG and Pharmaceutical world and took a look at the amount of empty beds in the National Health Service in UK and how a little alternative thinking plus basic demand and supply planning expertise could improve bed…