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Route to Market Roles and Avoiding Square Pegs in Round Holes

Ross Marie Thu, Jan 07, 2021
A colleague who works for a global multinational in a large African market has asked an interesting question, which also points to a wider issue across the Route to Market function. I feel it is worth sharing as a topic of discussion. The question…

Your Guide to Getting the Route to Market Edge in 2021

Ross Marie Thu, Dec 10, 2020
As we come to the end of a very tough 2020, attention is turning to what the next year will bring. In FMCG organisations around the world, General Managers, Sales Directors, Heads of Sales and Department Heads, are all scrambling to finish the year…

Recognise How the Characteristics of FMCG Wholesalers Differ from Distributors – Part 2

Ross Marie Thu, Oct 22, 2020
This post is Part 2 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…

Some Examples of Total Cost to Serve (TCTS) Models in FMCG Route to Market

Ross Marie Mon, Sep 14, 2020
In my last blog we discussed how the Total Cost to Serve (TCTS) can impact the FMCG Route to Market. Since then, I have had several questions and comments asking for some examples of TCTS models. So, in the link below, I have provided some examples.…

Do These 5 Things Now to Strengthen the FMCG Route to Market

Ross Marie Tue, Jun 09, 2020
COVID is rapidly changing the FMCG/retail environment, but these changes are vastly different from market to market and sector to sector. Let us consider some examples: Consumers are moving to online ordering – this is true, but in many markets this…

Digital in FMCG Route to Market is Much More than an Online Ordering Platform

Ross Marie Tue, May 19, 2020
This is such an important issue, and over the last number of weeks, I have been asked about it frequently. Digital and online ordering has played a key role in many markets for some time in RtM strategy and execution. In many cases its applicability…

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…

Xray Your Route to Market and Uncover the Emerging Trends to Win in a COVID-19 World

Ross Marie Tue, Apr 28, 2020
In my last post we explored ways that you can ‘Reinforce Your Route to Market During These Unprecedented Times’ while working from home. I also provided a list of questions you could use, to allow you to review current RtM performance post COVID-19.…

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.…