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Route to Market & Supply Chain Blog

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A Crystal-Clear Sales Incentive program is Fundamental to Route to Market Success

Ross Marie Thu, Dec 06, 2018
When I say Sales Incentive Program (SIP) in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector, I am referring to the internal company incentive program that is used to motivate and influence the behaviour of sales people and teams to deliver company…

The Right Data and Metrics are Vital for FMCG Route to Market Success

Ross Marie Thu, Nov 29, 2018
For a successful Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Route to Market (RtM) Strategy, we must be able to measure our performance across the market, internally within the company and externally against the competition and wider benchmarks. We must be…

Get the Sales Cutting Edge With These Essential Tips on Route to Market Structure

Ross Marie Thu, Nov 22, 2018
When discussing Route to Market Structure, I am referring to the physical roles and people that will be needed to carry out, back up and deliver on the RtM Strategy, and goals that are proposed or have been put in place. The types of roles that I am…

First-Class FMCG Territory Planning is Crucial in RtM Strategy for Sales Growth

Ross Marie Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Territory Planning for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies is about dividing up a piece of geography into different subsets, based on certain criteria, usually geographic proximity. It allows FMCG companies to effectively and efficiently…

Take Ownership of Channel Classification for a Killer Route to Market Strategy

Ross Marie Fri, Nov 09, 2018
Let’s start at the beginning. When we talk about Channels, we are referring to channels of distribution to get products from a manufacturer to a consumer or customer. There are many ways to achieve distribution, e.g. direct to consumers (e.g.…

Retail Outlet Classification in RtM Strategy, an Essential Element or a Complete Waste of Time?

Ross Marie Thu, Nov 01, 2018
Firstly, what is Outlet Classification? It is a process of segmenting every individual outlet, meaning every point of purchase, based on a set of company specific agreed criteria that you will design, e.g. volume, location, consumer profile,…

How to Build a Competition Slaying FMCG Route to Market Strategy

Ross Marie Thu, Oct 25, 2018
Welcome to my blog series on the 20 Steps to Route to Market Excellence model.  The purpose of this model is to assist and guide consumer goods professionals when they are putting together their strategic and operational plans to tackle their Route…

Essential Competitor Analysis Tips to Improve Route to Market Strategy and Execution in FMCG

Ross Marie Thu, Oct 18, 2018
Over the last number of weeks, I have been writing a blog series on my 20 Steps to Route to Market Excellence model. You can read more about the the steps I have already discussed here. My goal is to provoke business leaders in the Fast Moving…

Distributor Assessment Essentials to Deliver Sales Growth and Improve RtM Strategy

Ross Marie Fri, Oct 12, 2018
Welcome to Step 3 of the 20 Steps to Route to Market Excellence. You can read more about the overall model and the steps I have already discussed here. The third step is ‘Distributor Assessment’. Whether you are looking to build a RtM strategy from…

Your Guide to Consumer & Market Mapping to Improve RtM Strategy for Sales Growth

Ross Marie Thu, Oct 04, 2018
Welcome to Step 2 of the 20 Steps to Route to Market Excellence. You can read more about the overall model and the steps I have already discussed here:. The second step is ‘Consumer & Market Mapping’.  This is where you will review how you are…

Practical Questions FMCG Leaders Should Ask When Reviewing Route to Market Performance?

Ross Marie Wed, Sep 26, 2018
Recently I shared my methodology for the 20 Steps to Route to Market Excellence at the beginning of this blog series.  You can read more about it here: The FMCG Leaders Guide to Route to Market Strategy & Execution in 20 Steps.  The first step,…

The FMCG Leaders Guide to Route to Market Strategy & Execution in 20 Steps

Ross Marie Wed, Sep 19, 2018
Wouldn’t it be great if someone developed and shared a step by step model detailing how to build and improve route to market execution, sales execution and trade marketing strategic and operational plans? After 20 years in RtM and after working with…

FMCG Mergers & Acquisitions - Why acquired brands fail to deliver

Dave Jordan Wed, Jul 18, 2018
Let me get straight to the point on this one. Why do so many FMCG mergers or acquisitions frequently result in the apparent death-knell of once proud and promising brands? I am not going to name any names but if you think about it there have been…

FMCG & Pharma: Top 10 Tips for a Tip Top Supply Chain

Dave Jordan Mon, Jul 16, 2018
Only a few months into the year and I am hearing the same old complaints about the economy and business being in general ill health. However, there is a new recurring theme which popped up at various parties and gatherings over Easter; “my company…

Manage Supply Chain Expectations with Service Level Agreements (SLA)

Dave Jordan Wed, Jul 11, 2018
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. You buy a new car and you get a contract that tells you what is covered by the guarantee and…