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A Marriage of Inconvenience? Service Level Agreements (SLA)

Dave Jordan Tue, May 21, 2024
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. Would you buy a used car from a politician? You buy a new car and you get a contract that…

Future-Proofing the FMCG RtM in 2024: Sidestepping Critical Pitfalls

Ross Marie Thu, Feb 22, 2024
In today's post, I would like to focus on steering clear of the obstacles that might disrupt your Route to Market strategy. As we step into 2024, leaders in consumer goods sector should be proactive in foreseeing major challenges in RtM and…

The Consumer Effect on the FMCG Route to Market Model

Ross Marie Wed, Jul 05, 2023
In this article, I will be delving into the ways in which consumer behavior can have a profound impact on your FMCG Route to Market Model. Trigger Factors Recently, I shared a post titled When Should We Review our FMCG Route to Market Model? The…

When Should We Review Our FMCG RtM Model

Ross Marie Wed, Jun 14, 2023
What is a Route to Market Model (RtM)? An RtM model is a set of commercial capabilities that focus on how to get goods/services to target customers effectively. It must encompass the following: Trade Coverage - Maximise availability in target…

5 Actions to Reignite your FMCG RtM & Drive Sales Now

Ross Marie Wed, Jun 07, 2023
The Age-Old Sales Question The End of Q2 is in sight. We have stuck to our plan, and we have faith. We have executed in the field, at least we think we have. We are managing our trade partners well, or so we have been told. The numbers are coming…

15 Essentials to Drive FMCG Distribution & Execution

Ross Marie Fri, Jun 02, 2023
How Do We Increase FMCG Sales? We have developed a methodology over the last 30 years, which gives a step-by-step approach to ensuring that each element of the front-end distribution strategy is laser-focused on delivering excellence in FMCG RtM…

How to Mitigate Risk in FMCG Route to Market Change

Ross Marie Tue, Mar 14, 2023
Moving to a new Distribution Partner (DP) arrangement can be daunting, challenging, stressful, costly, rewarding, and ideally, successful. But no matter what the scenario, there are risks involved. Producers who understand these risks and adapt…

9 Step Formula to Reinforce Your FMCG Channel and Distribution Strategy

Ross Marie Tue, Feb 14, 2023
Arguably the most important element of any Route to Market strategy for a consumer goods company is its Distribution Strategy. Very often, when results are not coming in, the distributors get the blame and may even be replaced. Too often, their…

The 8 Step Guide to Drive FMCG Distributor Excellence

Ross Marie Wed, Feb 08, 2023
How do we take a Sales or RtM Strategy (Plan) and transform it to Operational Execution? This is a question we are often asked, and one that many are facing right now. We are at the start of a new year; we have some grand sales and distribution…

Harness the Best in FMCG Distributor Execution - Part 2 Joint Action Plans

Ross Marie Fri, Nov 19, 2021
Over the last few months, I have shared the proven and successful Enchange approach, to find and develop FMCG Distributor Partners (DPs). We call this the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. It is broken into 8 Modules. In my last post,…

The 8 Critical Areas You Must Focus on When Selecting FMCG Distributors

Ross Marie Tue, May 18, 2021
I recently started a blog series on indirect distribution by sharing our step-by-step approach to drive and develop distributor performance. We call this the Distributor Partner (DP) Development Programme. The programme has eight modules, across…

Drive FMCG Distributor Performance by First Mastering Your Own RtM Strategy

Ross Marie Thu, Apr 29, 2021
I recently started a blog series on indirect distribution. I began by examining the 10 biggest challenges Route to Market (RtM) leaders face in managing FMCG Distributors. Then in response to this in my last post I shared our step-by-step approach…

The Step-by-Step Guide to Deliver World Class FMCG Distributor Performance

Ross Marie Thu, Apr 08, 2021
In my last post we discussed the biggest challenges that a Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) company could face when managing the ‘last mile’ of the Route to Market (RtM). Once we have examined the challenges and the pitfalls in managing distributors or…

The 10 Biggest Challenges Route to Market (RtM) Leaders Face in Managing FMCG Distributors

Ross Marie Mon, Mar 22, 2021
If you ask any sports person who has played a contact sport, how to avoid getting hurt, very often you will be told to try your best not to get hit. In order to avoid the hits, you need to understand more about them including when they are likely to…

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…

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