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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…

Supply Chain: A top 10 Supply Chain faux pas!

Dave Jordan Thu, Jun 28, 2018
I have just had one of those mornings. I missed the alarm and the 10-minute snooze and from then on everything went downhill. Jumped in the shower for a brief cleanse but then I realised there was no soap, not even a sliver. So, soaking wet I get…

Supply Chain: Goats, Kennedy Brexit & Analytics

Dave Jordan Thu, Jun 21, 2018
Over the years I have seen many strange sights on various forms of transport. In the Middle East I sat next to a vicious looking falcon on a flight to Bahrain. The falcon was extremely well behaved but then again so was I! In Africa a guy jumped on…

FMCG Inventory Shrinkage & Control - It's a Dog's Life

Dave Jordan Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Do you find yellow dog biscuits stuffed in your window frames?  Well, I’d expect such occurrences to be as rare as a squirrel with a nut allergy but I find it all the time. Our house has mosquito nets on the windows as our summers are rather hot and…

Supply Chain Analytics smooths production planning AND reduces inventory?

Dave Jordan Thu, Jun 14, 2018
May Day falling on a Tuesday meant a rare 4 day “weekend” break was enjoyed and the sun shone, in Romania at least. Time to dust off the BBQ for the first time this year and chill in the late April heat. We had some Romanian bred ostrich meat to…

Balanced Scorecard KPIs: Keeping Track of Business Performance 

Dave Jordan Thu, Mar 29, 2018
How do you keep track of Supply Chain performance within your FMCG, Brewing or Pharmaceutical business? You do, don’t you? If you are not measuring any KPIs then perhaps you should stop here, read this KPI piece and then pop back and carry on. You…