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FMCG: Supply Chain Spring Clean

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 24, 2021
After the viral trials and tribulations of 2020, is the market going to get any better any time soon? Many big-name companies predicted/reported indifferent Q4 results and all offer caution about the continuing "difficult market conditions”. Ok, so…

Extended Supply Chain - What do all those initials really mean?

Dave Jordan Thu, Feb 25, 2021
Is it just me or does FMCG life seems to be increasingly full of initials? New examples seem to pop up on a weekly basis with COVID-19 being top of mind currently. In line with many business functions Supply Chain and other functions use multiple…

FMCG Complexity Reduction - A Practical Guide

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 17, 2021
One of my Top 10 Supply Chain Improvement Resolutions for 2021 referred to SKU complexity and I recently discussed how that complexity negatively affects cost and service. With the discontinuity caused by COVID-19 many CEOs should be looking at…

FMCG SKUs: A wagging tail knocks companies off-balance

Dave Jordan Wed, Feb 10, 2021
Finally, Friday afternoon and looking forward to running out of school with a whole weekend of football ahead (other sports are available). Just a double Biology lesson to get through and then 2 days of freedom from books, blackboards and bugs.…

FMCG SKU Proliferation: How this negatively affects cost and service

Dave Jordan Thu, Feb 04, 2021
Many SKUs sneak onto FMCG price lists when nobody is looking and this is far from facilitating constructive market development. Sales & Marketing colleagues prefer new launches to provide lengthy lists of SKUs; different fragrances, different sizes,…

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…

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…

Demand a Culture of Route to Market Excellence Through Outstanding Leadership

Ross Marie Tue, Mar 19, 2019
There are many things I have seen in over 20 years in the unbelievably exciting Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Business (FMCG). There are many things I can talk about and stories I can tell. But since I was first handed the keys to a van in 1998 to…

Break Down Departmental Silos Through Functional Integration for Route to Market Success

Ross Marie Fri, Feb 15, 2019
The FMCG business is like a team sport. There are sales people sent into the field, to sell more products and beat their targets. There are players put on the sports field, charged with scoring points and winning the game. In both scenarios, if the…

Improve Your Key Account Management Approach with these Vital Tips for Route to Market Success

Ross Marie Thu, Jan 31, 2019
Key Account Management (KAM) is how Route to Market (RtM) leaders effectively and efficiently manage the relationship with specific and strategic customers, or customer groupings, to deliver on RtM targets.   Customers are classified as Key Accounts…

Beat the FMCG Competition with an Outstanding Distributor Partnership Programme

Ross Marie Fri, Jan 18, 2019
A Distributor Partnership Programme, if designed and implemented correctly, can be one of the most powerful tools in the Route to Market (RtM) armory for delivering sales growth. A Distributor Partnership Programme sets out which individual…

How to Master Technology in Route to Market Strategy to Save Resources and Fuel Sales

Ross Marie Fri, Jan 11, 2019
When we discuss Technology in terms of Route to Market (RtM) Strategy we are looking at our overall approach to and use of Technology at every stage of our RtM Strategy and Execution. This includes, for example, the hand-held system we take orders…

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…

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