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Top Ten COVID Intensive Care Recovery KPIs

Dave Jordan Thu, Jan 21, 2021
On a daily basis the amount of care we give to the human body is remarkably little. When you are feeling in good shape, the best the body can hope for is a good wash, a brush of the teeth and a slap of moisturiser. What else? Haircut, skin peel and…

The Supply Chain Function - What’s That All About?

Dave Jordan Thu, Jan 14, 2021
Ok, I admit it, I started my career as an R&D scientist-type developing FMCG products for the European and Middle Eastern markets. I was actually using my chemistry qualification in industry, which is an opportunity not everyone receives after…

Christmas S&OP - Santa & Opening Presents

Dave Jordan Fri, Dec 18, 2020
Well, what a year it has been. As 2020 stutters and stumbles to the end we all need to think about how our Supply Chains will operate in 2021 and beyond. Just like those old school photographs, your steady-state, stable 2018 set-up has gone and will…

Covid19 Vaccine Logistics – 3 Essentials for Success

Michael Thompson Tue, Dec 08, 2020
Now that one of the new Covid19 vaccines (Pfizer BioNTech's mRNA vaccine) has been approved by a regulatory authority (UK's MHRA on 2 December 2020), attention turns to how to vaccinate the UK and the world. It is important not to underestimate the…

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…

Eurovision Song Contest, APO and.........ABBA!

Dave Jordan Fri, May 17, 2019
There are many ways to link all the different planning activities in your FMCG/Pharma company. This could be done with one single tool like the SAP Advanced Planning Optimiser or a host of other tools and packages.  As with all IT you need to know…

Improve Manufacturing Performance with Total Productive Maintenance

Dave Jordan Thu, Aug 23, 2018
When I first came across Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) I was sceptical of yet another ”blue sky” approach to pursuing manufacturing excellence. Surely, this would soon be replaced by the next set of buzz-word initials dreamed up by sharp-suited…

Supply Chain, Supply Chain: What’s That All About?

Dave Jordan Wed, Aug 22, 2018
I started my career as an R&D type who helped bring new FMCG products to the market. Nobody really knew how a product made the transition from bench top and pilot plant testing to the supermarket shelves. Somebody must have been involved somewhere…

Digital Supply Chain: This is the way, its Analytics!

Dave Jordan Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Rather a lot of blogging going on around the area of Digital Supply Chain and Analytics at present. Amongst all the serious stuff I thought it about time we took a well-earned break and enjoyed a bit of Supply Chain Comic Relief. A very catchy tune…

FMCG cost savings versus sales & marketing budgets!

Dave Jordan Mon, Aug 13, 2018
There is your dilemma. You need to save cash towards an expensive year-end holiday but you really do not know the best place from where to take the money. Do you take it from your day to day current account which is already set up to pay the routine…

FMCG Supply Chains – The most important roles?

Dave Jordan Thu, Aug 09, 2018
I am often asked which job in the extended Supply Chain is the most important. For FMCG producers this may be the demand planner while for retail partners the key role could be innovation planning. I do have a view on this so park the question for…

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…

SC and Sales senior team squabbles: Always bad for business

Dave Jordan Thu, Jul 05, 2018
Another sign of getting old I guess. When was the last time you watched a football match when no tattoos were on show and the haircuts did not look like something out of the Time Warp musical? As I write England is still involved yet we are all…

FMCG ERP and The Beatles.......? Spreadsheets cause damage.

Dave Jordan Wed, Jul 04, 2018
Some time ago I wrote about the way spreadsheets were undermining expensively assembled ERP’s in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical companies. They still are, by the way. Not too long ago a paper on Public Debt and Austerity published by 2 eminent…

FMCG S&OP: Who is the stooge in your process?

Dave Jordan Mon, Jul 02, 2018
Laurel and Hardy, Morecambe and Wise, Abbott and Costello, Little and Large, Hale and Pace, May and Johnson. These are examples of double acts where one party plays the straight/stooge and apparently serious man while the other plays the…