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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…

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…

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…

How Spreadsheets Undermine Your FMCG ERP

Dave Jordan Mon, Jun 11, 2018
Despite what you may wish to believe the answer is probably, yes. You have invested heavily in brand new ERP software and similarly heavily in some smart, young consultancy people to run the implementation. You will have spent some timing debating…

Supply Chain Analytics helps international retailer in business turn-around

Dave Jordan Thu, Jun 07, 2018
Many will recall that famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch first seen the At Last the 1948 Show and later Monty Python. Four dour characters recall how tough it was when they were younger with each trying to out do the others in a downwards spiral of…

FMCG – Hunker down and find Supply Chain Analytics

Dave Jordan Wed, Jun 06, 2018
Have you ever “hunkered down”? I remember being asked to hunker down during a business game training course many years ago and I had no idea what I was supposed to do. Eventually I had to ask as failing to follow the hunker downwards request…

Supply Chain Analytics drives dramatic spare parts inventory reduction

Dave Jordan Thu, May 31, 2018
What business would I like to run or even own? If you had a choice what would it be? A huge global FMCG player or a niche craft brewery in Bourton-on-the-Water? What about starting a pottery in your own home as per the ages old Barclays TV ad? If I…

FMCG Supply Chain: KPI Scorecards - Don’t look back in anger

Dave Jordan Wed, May 30, 2018
UK has been my base for a few days and even in that short time I have started to genuinely think I must now be a different nationality if not from a different planet. When my denim jeans rip at the knees it is time to throw them out.  I do not have…

Key Performance Indicators or just monthly data dumping? 

Dave Jordan Tue, Mar 27, 2018
Last month I spent a few weeks enjoying the UK weather disaster as 10mm of snow brought life to a halt. While there I moved the heiress into her new apartment - not a flat now as student days are over, very posh. Hopefully, that will be the last…

A Practical Guide to FMCG SKU Complexity Reduction 

Dave Jordan Tue, Mar 20, 2018
If your business is struggling to cope with day to day sales while managing innovation and range extensions then give your SKU list a thorough review. Not just a cursory glance but a scientific evaluation of what brings in the profit and what eats…

Supply Chain Improvement via Analytics - well worth a closer look!

Dave Jordan Wed, Mar 14, 2018
Just when we thought winter had been and gone it bit back nastily with a short, sharp shock of bad weather including snow and bitter cold. Typically, UK was unable to cope and as an example I spent 5 hours looking out of a cabin window at Birmingham…

Supply Chain Performance: Budget Airlines and KPIs……

Dave Jordan Wed, Jun 14, 2017
I have never been a fan of budget airlines and certainly not since one left me sleeping overnight in the back of beyond that is Luton Airport. That may be an exciting addition to a student’s back-pack holiday itinerary but when you have a glass back…

Global FMCG Supply Chain Transformed by Analytics

Dave Jordan Wed, Apr 05, 2017
The Challenge A leading global FMCG company undertook an aggressive supply chain improvement programme across 150 markets. The objective was 100% alignment of worldwide operational activities with company strategy and objectives. Not an…

Supply Chain Analytics: Sprouts, Imodium & Harry Potter

Dave Jordan Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Christmas and new year holidays seem a long way behind. The decorations have been squeezed back into their boxes for another year and Slade, Cliff, Bing, Bowie and others are safely back in their CD cases. Turkeys around the world are rejoicing as…

FMCG Planning: If you like chocolate, now is the time!

Dave Jordan Wed, Jan 11, 2017
Overeaten chocolate during the holidays but still want some more? Get yourself and a large blue IKEA bag down to your local supermarket as chocolate is heavily discounted. Easter is not far away this year so why not save a little cash and stock up…