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Pharma companies will increasingly take cues from retail and consumer goods….why?

The Network Effect

If you want to know ahead of time the changes awaiting the pharmaceuticals supply chain it is useful to extrapolate experiences from the consumer and retail sectors, which were dealing with the same trends and pressures  long before pharmaceuticals (for example, the  proliferation of distribution channels). appeared first on The Network Effect.

S&OP in Consumer Goods: A Cumulative Research Study


Since 2009 we have worked with industry publication Consumer Goods Technology to check the pulse of sales and operations planning (S&OP) in the consumer goods industry. Here are a few highlights from the past surveys: 80 percent of Consumer Goods companies have a formal S&OP process. The final report will be published in October by Consumer Goods Technology and we will share the findings on this blog Click to Enlarge Image. Two drivers for S&OP: Increasing complexity caused by new products and/or growth in new services.

Consumer Good Companies Direct to Customer

Logistics Viewpoints

Global parcel logistics firms have launched groundbreaking new distribution channels to offer Consumer Goods (CG) companies access to the traditional markets in places such as Latin America. Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Guest Commentary Supply Chain Optimization Supply Chain Visibility The value it […].

Can Omni-Channel Help Consumer Goods Companies Fight Private Label?

Talking Logistics

Despite several positive trends toward better collaboration between retailers and their suppliers, there will always be a certain degree of competition for who gets the greater share of the consumer’s wallet. One tactic major retailers have used to help increase their margins is to offer their own private label branded products as lower-cost alternatives to the consumer goods brands. Consumer goods manufacturers have struggled to combat these private label incursions, with varying degrees of success. Why omni-channel can help consumer goods companies.

Turning Your Consumer Goods Supply Chain Into a Competitive Advantage

Are you leveraging your extended supply chain

Manufacturers of consumer goods struggling with supply chain visibility

The Strategic Sourceror

The issue of supply chain visibility has recently been a major area of concern for companies across the globe. Failing to enhance operational transparency can lead to legal ramifications, reputation damage and noncompliance fees. It also puts businesses at increased susceptibility for disruption. Unfortunately, being able to see into end-to-end operations is particularly difficult for operators in some markets. The Sustainability Consortium, or TSC, recently published its 2016 Impact Report. Please visit the for the rest.

Announcing 2015 Hype Cycle for Consumer Goods

Gartner Blog Network

It's Hype Cycle season at Gartner, so Dale Hagemeyer and I are pleased to announce the publication of our Hype Cycle for Consumer Goods, 2015.The Hype Cycle is Gartner's

Turning Your Consumer Goods Supply Chain Into a Competitive Advantage


Turning Your Consumer Goods Supply Chain Into a Competitive Advantage. Today’s modern supply chains are multi-enterprise, starting with consumers, retailers, distributors; and flowing through an extended network of suppliers, contract manufacturers, and other third parties. Finished goods are planned weeks or even months in advance yet shippers are the last to know, often finding out as orders cross their desks.  As a result, logistics is stuck in reactive mode, scrambling to secure capacity each day. Consumer Goods. alyssa. Monday 11 July 2016.


Real Logistics

Consumer Goods firms--the New Supply Chain is innovative. ET 1 COMMENTS Consumer goods companies aren’t accounting enough for the costs and complexity that new products add to supply chains as businesses seek to drive sales growth with innovation, according to a retail industry report. Why don't you change your supply chain management? Photo: Bloomberg News By Erica E.

Consumer-Centric Ecosystems for Consumer Goods Manufacturers and Retailers

Gartner Blog Network

Fellow Gartner analyst Ellen Eichhorn and I partnered on new industry vision research to highlight the changing landscape of retail and consumer goods industries. Consumer-centric ecosystems will enable manufacturers and

Two key factors will dominate the consumer goods supply chain in 2016

The Loadstar

The post Two key factors will dominate the consumer goods supply chain in 2016 appeared first on The Loadstar. FMCG Loadstar leads Recommends Supply chain consumer goods supply chain managementSo, what will 2016 bring in trade terms? This article looks at consolidation in the retail and manufacturing businesses last year, and posits that 2016 will bring more of the same.

2015 Cool Vendors in Consumer Goods

Gartner Blog Network

At Gartner, one of our favorite reports as analysts is the Cool Vendors report each team does every year. By definition, Cool Vendors are small vendors that offer innovative products

Planned Research for Consumer Goods Manufacturing, 2015

Gartner Blog Network

For an industry that is almost two centuries old, there is no shortage of challenges and opportunities for manufacturers of consumer goods. To help our IT clients in the consumer goods industry keep up, Gartner’s consumer goods manufacturing research targets the top priorities for 2015 that serve sales; marketing; R&D; supply chain; and PLM technologies, trends and applications. For 2015, our research for the industry will be focused on these key questions: How can consumer goods manufacturers turn data into insight?

How to Make your Prototype a Winning Product

Manufacturing Transformation

With competition in the globalized marketplace intensifying more and more every day, Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail companie s  have been hit with increased demand for product innovation to enhance brand equity and differentiation and drive consumer loyalty. successful consumer product experience stems directly from a product’s performance, and hence, the  product formula.

Added Evidence to Structural Business Changes Impacting Consumer Goods Producers

Supply Chain Matters

Supply Chain Matters provides added rather important data point concerning the ongoing significant business challenges associated with many large consumer packaged goods providers and their associated supply chain teams. Most all of these ongoing challenges are attributed to the industry’s abilities to adapt to fundamental shifts in consumer tastes, changes in previous market growth assumptions and now, the added significant financial implications related to foreign currency effects. Multiple U.S. Nestle’s organic sales growth for all of fiscal 2014 was reported as 4.5

Sports Authority-A Disturbing Twist to Consignment Inventory Management Practices

Supply Chain Matters

Characterized as one of the largest sporting-goods retailers, the chain has been weighted down with debt from a prior leveraged buyout a decade ago. Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Inventory Management Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Supplier Collaboration challenges within B2C retail supply chains independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management Sports Authority bankruptcy protection Supply chain Matters blogEarlier this month we alerted Supply Chain Matters readers to the unfortunate filing of bankruptcy by retailer Sports Authority.

How Inventory Management is a problem the size of Australia

The Network Effect

More than anything, these facts should remind us just how poorly most supply chains are being managed, and how big of an opportunity there is if we can solve the fundamental problem of getting the product to the consumer at the right location at the right time. Consumer Goods Retail retailchem7/Flickr. Ok, ready? Did That translates to $1.1 Over $252.3

Grocery Manufacturers Launch SmartLabel Program to Address Supply Chain Transparency

Supply Chain Matters

This week the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) announced what was described as an  innovative SmartLabel™ technology that will enable consumers to have easy and instantaneous access to detailed information about the supply chain origin of thousands of products.  Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Supply Chain Technology GMA SmartLabel program Grocery Manufacturers Association next generation labeling technology SmartLabel technology Supply chain Matters blog supply chain transparency programs

Reports that AB InBev to Cut Thousands of Jobs

Supply Chain Matters

The Associated Press and other media outlets today reported that AB InBev expects to cut approximately 3 percent of its total global workforce, the equivalent of thousands of jobs, once the giant consumer goods conglomerate complete it latest $110 billion mega acquisition, that being rival beer brewer SABMiller. Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Supply Chain Disruption AB InBev supply chain implications of AB InBev acquisition of SABMiller Supply chain Matters blogThe AP report notes that with a […].

Supply Chain News on Consumer Goods Companies Need to Up their Demand Sensing Game, Gartner Says

Supply Chain Digest

Few Manufacturers have Really Yet Connected the Supply Chain to the Store Shelf

Validation that Transportation Costs a Top Concern for Supply Chain Leaders

Supply Chain Matters

Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics blog commentary on the state of U.S. For the past three years, our Supply Chain Matters editorial commentaries related to the annual Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) sponsored State of Logistics survey reports have consistently expressed concern towards a persistent trend for increased logistics, transportation and inventory costs within the U.S… … The latest report depicting 2014 activity and our related […]. transportation cost challenges

Gartner 2015 Predictions: Consumer Goods Firms Step Forward on the Path to Digital Business

Gartner Blog Network

Steven Steutermann ,  and I took time this fall to develop our 2015 predictions for the consumer goods industry. Together, we cover sales, marketing, and supply chain technology topics and trends important to CIOs,  IT and Supply Chain leaders in the global consumer goods industry. We believe consumer goods manufacturers will need to keep their eye on the development of digital business — the creation of new business designs from the blurring of the physical and digital worlds. As 2014 draws to a close, my Gartner  colleagues  Dale Hagemeyer.

Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains in Detail- Part Three

Supply Chain Matters

Aerospace Supply Chain Automotive Supply Chain Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Green Supply Chain Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Procurement and Sourcing Product Lifecycle Management Retail Supply Chain Service Lifecycle Management Service-centered Supply Chains Social Responsibility Strategies for Global Supply Chains Supply Chain Annual Predictions Supply Chain Risk ManagementWe continue with our Supply Chain Matters series outlining in more detail, 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.

Noteworthy Senior Supply Chain Executive Changes at J.M. Smucker

Supply Chain Matters

Thus, what caught our eye was a recent announcement related to senior supply chain leadership changes at consumer foods producer J.M. Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Distinguised Supply Chain Management Professionals Supply Chain Skills JM Smucker supply chain Supply chain Matters blogWe at Supply Chain Matters are always on the lookout for important supply chain related learning, insights and accomplishments. Smucker. The company announced the pending retirement of Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Logistics and […].

Profitable Demand Fulfillment: Six Winning Approaches in the Consumer Goods Industry

Supply Chain Management Review

With the holiday season approaching, consumer goods companies need to reach across the globe to find new customers in new markets. They also must rely on a complex network of outsourced business partners to deliver a dizzying array of local product variations to their customers on time - without bloating inventory levels, reducing margins, and straining working capital needed for new product development

Visibility to Wal-Mart Business and Supply Chain Strategies Again Front and Center

Supply Chain Matters

Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Supplier Collaboration Supplier Management independent blog anlaysis and opinion on supply chain management Supply chain Matters blog Wal-Mart business initiatives Wal-Mart online customer fulfillment strategies Wal-Mart supplier management Wal-Mart supply chain

Ugliness of Big Food and CPG Industry Supply Chains Far More Visible and Apparent

Supply Chain Matters

Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Product Lifecycle Management Supply Chain Strategy Supply Chain Talent Management Heinz Kraft merger impacts for supply chain management Heinz supply chain HJ Heinz supply chain Kraft Foods supply chain supply chain management challenges in consumer product goods Supply chain Matters blogThis week’s edition of Bloomberg BusinessWeek features a timely but sober update indicating that: Things Are About to Get Ugly at Kraft.

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Streamlining Cross-Border Distribution into Mexico for Pilot Pen

Ryder Exchange

Consumer Goods Cross Docking Supply Chain Transportation Management Warehousing & Distribution Management Cross-Border OperationWith trade volumes up between the U.S, Canada and Mexico, opportunities have never been better for retailers to streamline their cross-border distribution strategies. million and the addition of 200 new products.

Demand Sensing Lessons Learned in China

Supply Chain Matters

This week, The Wall Street Journal highlights (paid subscription) how certain high-profile consumer product goods companies were […]. China Supply Chain Strategy Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain Sales and Operations Planning Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Strategy Supply chain Matters blog supply chain product demand sensing Unilever supply chain

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Consumer Goods Technology Releases List of Top Supply Chain Companies


Consumer Goods Technology recently released its 2012 Consumer Goods Technology Reader’s Choice survey results. To remain competitive consumer goods companies must have greater supply chain visibility to understand at a moment’s notice the impact a sourcing, inventory or manufacturing decision will have. Success Story: Kraft Foods.

A Report of Some Push Back from Wal-Mart Suppliers

Supply Chain Matters

Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Food and Beverage supply chain Procurement and Sourcing Retail Supply Chain Supplier Collaboration Supplier Management independent blog analysis and insights on supply chain management supplier management trends Supply chain Matters blog Wal-Mart business initiatives Wal-Mart Made in USA sourcing program Wal-Mart suply chainThe retailer informed […].

Gartner US Symposium: Exploring the Digitalization of Consumer Goods

Gartner Blog Network

Dale Hagemeyer   and I are looking forward to sharing some new content and research on how digital technologies and digital business are changing the nature of  retail and consumer relationships in the consumer goods industry.   It is our busiest time of the year, but also our most exciting because it gives us the chance to drive discussion among our clients and prospects. Symposium  season is upon us at Gartner!  Through benchmark survey data and best practices, CG manufacturers can more effectively prioritize their investments in people and technology.

NEW Special Report helps Keep Businesses Moving during the Truck Driver Shortage

Ryder Exchange

Nearly 80 percent of consumer goods in North America are delivered by trucks, but the American Trucking Associations (ATA) estimate the industry is short 30,000 professional drivers. The special report looks into how the driver shortage affects several industries in North America from consumer packaged goods (CPG) to automotive to healthcare– some more than others.

Consumer Goods, Ebola, Boku Haram, and African Logistics

Logistics Viewpoints

Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Global Trade Logistics Outsourcing Retail Supply Chain Risk Management Logistics in Africa is tough.  Africa just does not have the infrastructure, has an education gap, and does not widely deploy technologies like GPS tracking that are common in the West. 

Supply Chain Matters 2016 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

Once a year, just before the start of the New Year, our parent, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group along with Supply Chain Matters provide a series of predictions for the coming year. These predictions are provided in the spirit of assisting industry supply chain teams in setting management objectives for the year ahead as […].

Announcing Gartner's Hype Cycle for Consumer Goods, 2014

Gartner Blog Network

My colleague  Dale Hagemeyer  and I are pleased to announce the publication of Gartner’s  Hype Cycle for Consumer Goods, 2014. Our report  is intended for CIOs and IT professionals that advise and work closely with sales, marketing, and supply chain organizations in consumer goods companies around the world.  Dale Dale and I look forward to this report every year because it gives us a chance to step back and take stock of the technologies and forces that will impact the consumer goods industry for the next several years.

Report Indicates Wal-Mart Ratchets Up Pressures on Suppliers to Squeeze Costs

Supply Chain Matters

When that report correlates with other related reports, namely supplier squeeze or bullying tactics, rest assured we will bring it to greater industry supply chain visibility.    We have previously featured reports of supplier bullying strategies involving certain consumer product goods supply chains, and quite recently, supplier squeeze tactics among certain commercial aerospace supply chains. According to the report, the retailer is telling suppliers involved in a wide range of purchased categories to forgo any additional investments in joint marketing and focus the […].

When it Comes to Packaging, Paperless Manufacturing is an Art. Literally.

Manufacturing Transformation

To enterprises that sell their goods on consumer store shelves, or even online, packaging is a vital part of the sales process and is integral to the brand itself. Collaboration/Social Consumer Goods Manufacturing Execution System Manufacturing Operations Packaging innovation labelling Manufacturing Execution Systems packaging operations paperless

Predictive Commerce as an Enabler of Distribution Sensitive Industry Supply Chains

Supply Chain Matters

Consumer Goods Focused Supply Chain Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Technology blog in omni-channel and B2B commerce blog in supply chain management implications of Omni-channel commerce omni-channel supply chain predictive analytics predictive analytics in supply chain management Predictive Commerce Supply chain Matters blog supply chain optimization