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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…

The Pandemic Has Changed Where Consumers Shop – Have You Adapted?

Ross Marie Thu, Feb 11, 2021
The Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule, states that for many phenomena 80% of the result comes from 20% of the effort. This principal is often applied in business, and for good reason, it works. Targeting our effort and resource where it will have…

9 Step Formula to Bulletproof Your FMCG Channel and Distribution Strategy

Ross Marie Tue, Jan 26, 2021
Arguably the most important element to any Route to Market strategy for a consumer goods company is their Distribution Strategy. Very often, when results are not coming in, the distributors get the blame and may even be replaced. Too often, their…

Route to Market Training Essentials - 10 Key Steps of the Sales Reps Call

Ross Marie Wed, Jan 13, 2021
I am going to continue with some sporting analogies, as I did in my last blog, Route to Market Roles and Avoiding Square Pegs in Round Holes. There are many common areas across many sports, but there is at least one specific area of sport that…

10 Key Focus Areas for Effective FMCG Distributor & Wholesale Management – Part 3

Ross Marie Mon, Nov 02, 2020
This post is Part 3 of a series of posts discussing indirect distribution management, and specifically the characteristics and the key differences between FMCG Distributors and Wholesalers. You can read Part 1 which includes the Characteristics of…

Understand the Key Differences Between FMCG Distributors and Wholesalers – Part 1

Ross Marie Tue, Oct 20, 2020
The focus of this article is on indirect distribution. Previously, I have discussed how to achieve Route to Market (RtM) Excellence by effectively using the different types of distribution, our DIME approach, and specifically Direct and Indirect…

10 Points to Consider When Building a Route to Market Centre of Excellence

Ross Marie Mon, Oct 05, 2020
As a company designed to improve the Route to Market (RtM) strategy of our consumer goods clients, at Enchange, we are often asked questions by the RtM community about improving or sharing RtM knowledge. For example, how can organisations best help…

How Does Total Cost to Serve (TCTS) Impact the FMCG Route to Market?

Ross Marie Fri, Aug 28, 2020
Understanding the Total Cost to Serve our customers is an essential element to any Route to Market (RtM) Strategy. As FMCG professionals, we need to understand how much it costs us to service our customers. It is also not as simple as it sounds. Why…

How to Formulate a Winning Distribution Strategy Fit for the Covid-19 World

Ross Marie Wed, May 13, 2020
Assessing your distribution options is one of the most important elements of any Route to Market strategy. Choosing the wrong distribution strategy, although often not evident in the short term, can cripple a company’s long-term growth, and ability…

Reinforce Your Route to Market During These Unprecedented Times

Ross Marie Fri, Apr 17, 2020
The global spread of COVID-19 is an incredibly challenging and worrying time for all of us. The loss of life is already significant, and its spread continues. Many countries around the world are in some form of restricted movement or lockdown. From…

Manage Your FMCG Distributors Better to Grow Sales in Africa

Ross Marie Mon, Nov 18, 2019
Over the last few months I have been writing a blog series on Route to Market Success (RtM) in emerging markets, describing how Enchange has been using the 20 Steps to RtM Excellence to win in these markets for our clients. In my last post, we…

Localising Global Route to Market Strategy is Essential in Emerging Markets

Ross Marie Fri, Nov 08, 2019
Before we even begin to look at how to develop Route to Market (RtM) strategies and execution plans for Fast Moving Consumer Goods Companies (FMCG) in emerging markets like Africa, we need to understand and remind ourselves of a few basic principles…

Can I Build a Winning FMCG Route to Market Strategy on Limited Resources?

Ross Marie Fri, Oct 25, 2019
I am in the middle of writing a blog series on Route to Market (RtM) success in emerging markets, with a specific focus on Africa. I have been receiving some excellent feedback throughout (many thanks!). One topic has come up several times and I…

How Can We Increase Trade Coverage Through Our Distributors in Africa?

Ross Marie Mon, Oct 14, 2019
This is a challenging question and one that we need to break down. Trade coverage, brand distribution, distribution coverage, brand or SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) availability, or whatever terminology you use, is one of the most important Route to…

How do FMCG Companies Increase Sales Volume in Africa?

Ross Marie Fri, Oct 04, 2019
It’s a good question and one that Enchange is often asked. Enchange has been helping clients in Africa for over 25 years. Whilst many things have changed in that time, for example, the use and availability of technology, many things remain the same.…