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Santa & Opening Presents - S&OP Putting Elves in their place

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Dear Mr. K Ite, Christmas Dave Jordan Supply Chain S&OP Forecasting & Demand Planning

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

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FMCG Christmas Dave Jordan Supply Chain S&OP Forecasting & Demand Planning Supply Chain AnalyticsOvereaten 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 now - use by dates permitting, of course!

Supply Chains – A second look: What do all those initials really mean?

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SKU FMCG Route to Market Dave Jordan KPI Traditional Trade S&OP Logistics Management Distribution Inventory Management & Stock ControlIn common with many business functions Supply Chains adopt multiple initials and/or acronyms to describe various tasks and processes they manage on a daily basis.

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Supply Chain Analytics: Sprouts, Imodium & Harry Potter

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FMCG Dave Jordan CEO Humour Supply Chain Supply Chain Analytics ITChristmas 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.

FMCG Supply Chain Scorecard Performance Measurement: Del-Boy Style.

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FMCG Dave Jordan Humour Performance Improvement KPI Supply ChainIn a related post I took a look at the use of Balanced Scorecards in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical businesses but in fact they are entirely appropriate for any business. Whatever your business size or offering you will benefit from knowing exactly what is going on and where you need to improve. Le monde est votre homard !

7 Deadly FMCG Sins: Overstocked Traditional Trade Distributors

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FMCG Dave Jordan Stock Control CEE Distributor ManagementSorry to be a little direct right at the start but make no mistake Mr/Mrs. FMCG Producer, YOU put the stock there, oh yes you did! Distributors don 't buy stock for a laugh and a giggle as they like full shelves. Excess stock blocks up their shelves and warehouses and, most critically locks up their cash. Failed launc hes.

FMCG Performance Scorecard: Not seeing the wood for the trees!

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FMCG Dave Jordan Performance Improvement KPI Supply ChainWhen travelling, my personal preference is to take only one plane to my final destination. I know this is more expensive than journeys with connections but I find it a much better overall experience. Whoever designed the temporary airside operations during the terminal extension needs their gene pool membership urgently reviewed.

Revisiting Some Great Advice for Supply Chain Young Professionals

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Jordan Kass : Make a personal development plan and identify the skills you need to reach your goals. Leadership Development Angel Mendez Art Mesher Jim Matcham Jordan Kass Kevin O'Meara Monica Wooden Paul Lomas Randy Lewis supply chain young professionalsEditor’s Note: Today’s post revisits some great advice offered by supply chain and logitics executives to students and young professionals in past episodes of Talking Logistics. We originially shared these brief video excerpts in 2013 and 2014, but we’ve compiled them here again in case you missed them the first time.

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FMCG Drinks Route to Market – let’s get fizzical in CEE

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Brewing & Beverages FMCG Route to Market Dave Jordan RTM Assessment ToolIn a past life I ran the Supply Chain for an FMCG company in the 6 Gulf Co-Operation Council (GCC) countries plus Yemen in the Middle East. The Distribution model was one different legal entity per territory even for the largest market of Saudi Arabia. Sensible stuff but not exactly rocket science! Shelf empty.

FMCG: ERP’s – how will you cope when yours fails?

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FMCG Dave Jordan ERP/SAP Supply Chain SalesYes I know, the recent blog posts have been a little Blog Gold meets Classic Blog with a touch of All Our Yesterdays and the History Channel but here is a fresh new offering. The last few months have been very busy both on the business and domestic fronts. In the Post Office I asked if I could use their fax machine! Excellent! Or not actually!

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FMCG: Performance turn-around needs fresh supply chain faces

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FMCG Dave Jordan Performance Improvement Supply ChainIn the greater scheme of life many questions remain unanswered but my hobby horse question is why people and notably politicians and usually male at that, cannot get on with other nationalities and/or/religions. We are not here for long yet some people spend their lives causing or being affected by conflict. Do you know?

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FMCG CEO Christmas Gift: Implement S&OP – Slade style!

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FMCG Christmas Dave Jordan CEO Humour S&OP Forecasting & Demand PlanningChristmas is coming around faster than ever and who better than Noddy Holder and Slade to give a Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) process to your business as a present. This song has been heard at Christmas every year since 1973!

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FMCG Supply Chain: Do you use data or information?

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FMCG Dave Jordan Performance Improvement Supply ChainWho coined “Big Data”? How did we get there without normal sized data, slightly larger data, chubby data and bordering on big data? People working in or associated with Supply Chains seem obsessed by data yet data itself actually tells you nothing. Really, not a lot apart from the fact that something is being measured or calculated.

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FMCG SKU Proliferation: How this affects your Customer Service

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SKU FMCG Dave Jordan Stock Control S&OPFMCG SKUs sneak onto price lists when nobody is looking! Sales & Marketing colleagues prefer new launches to have lengthy lists of SKUs; different flavours, different sizes, different colours, different shapes. How many shelf facings do they want and how many do they really need? How do these decisions get through S&OP meetings? Cost per SKU.

Why Supply Chain Innovation Matters in a Fast-Changing World

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Jordan Kass , Vice President of Management Services at C.H. If you have a question or comment for Jordan, post it below and keep the conversation going! Robinson control towers innovation Jordan Kass logistics service providers supply chain trends Not only is the world changing, it’s changing faster, across a variety of dimensions — technology, regulations, economic and political landscapes, demographics, and so on. What does this rapid pace of change mean for supply chains? How can companies innovate faster to adapt? Be Sociable, Share!

Your Blog Post FMCG:Top 10 Smash Hits of Warehousing & LogisticsTitle Here.

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FMCG Logistics Service Provider Dave Jordan WMS Cost Reduction Logistics ManagementHello pop pickers, here is this weeks’ top 10 smash hits in this important but often forgotten part of the FMCG Supply Chain. At number 10 is All Systems Go by Donna Summer – Do not cut costs on your Warehouse Management System (WMS) and avoid any untried local “specials”. Right?).

FMCG: Do S&M cause pain in your business?

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FMCG Dave Jordan Humour S&OP SalesNo, honestly this is a blog about FMCG Supply Chains! Those seeking advice on leather whips and chains should return to Google and search again now. Within any FMCG business are there any people lacking more in structure, discipline and planning as Sales and Marketing colleagues? Innovation? Is it me or is innovation always late? No, no, no!

FMCG warehouse capacity in Romania: A Short Story

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FMCG Dave Jordan Brewing & Bewerages Supply Chain CEEThe car bounced over the dirt road of potholes and puddles and approached the expansive, looming warehouse building that was once so full of life and bustling activity. Paper and polystyrene fast–food litter gathered up by the breeze blew across the distribution centre parking area to be fought over by bony, mongrel dogs.

FMCG Foods: Hugh F-W and UK Retailer & Producer Waste

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Brewing & Beverages FMCG Dave Jordan Humour QualityGood to see chefy type and anagramists dream Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall speaking out about the continuing food waste in UK. After the faceless, expenses-hungry suits in Brussels relaxed the laws some years ago retailers have been allowed to vary their acceptance standards for misshapen fruit and vegetables.

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The Twelve Days of Supply Chain 2016

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Christmas Dave Jordan CEO Humour Performance Improvement Supply Chain S&OP Forecasting & Demand PlanningOn the first day of Christmas, Enchange gave to me A robust S&OP.

FMCG Supply Chain: Famous Last Words

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FMCG Route to Market Dave Jordan Supply Chain S&OPThe “Famous Last words” of people can be intriguing, rude and frequently very, very funny yet equally they can be complete nonsense. In the context of the FMCG Supply Chain, “Famous Last Words” are usually uttered just before something disastrous or unexpected happens. Rarely is the term used with the expectation of good news to follow.

FMCG IBP Team Behaviours: Wrecking Market Deployment

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FMCG Dave Jordan Pharma S&OP Team Agri IBPOver several years I have been involved in many Integrated Business Planning (IBP) meetings as a facilitator, observer or participant. Every IBP process is rightly different in every company and sector, e.g. FMCG, Pharma, Agri but the basics essentially remain the same. The purpose is to balance demand & supply in the extended supply chain.

FMCG CEE Logistics; Transport, Trucks and Yorkie Bars

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FMCG Dave Jordan CEE Logistics Management Transport“ I like trucking, I like trucking, I like trucking and I like to truck.” Those of you who have not been on this planet very long and people who like hedgehogs will not be familiar with this Not The 9 O’clock News sketch from 1970’s UK TV. Remember, when a truck delivers your product they form part of your face to the customer.

FMCG: Costs and Supply Chain Excellence

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Brewing & Beverages FMCG Inventory Management Dave Jordan Forecasting & Demand PlanningI recently had a lengthy discussion with someone from the UK Armed Forces who was preparing to lead his men into a dangerous part of the world. I enquired about the logistics of delivering people, arms, ammunition and machines to the right place at the right time. Taking bullets as the focus.

FMCG Success Story: Focus on Customers - see the Benefits

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Customer service FMCG Dave Jordan Sales RTM Assessment ToolOnce upon a time there was an FMCG company that I will refer to as “Foresight”. Foresight” had spent many years and many Euros creating an acknowledged slick Supply Chain. Top class regional and global buying. Flexible and cost effective factory network. State of the art ERP. Rigorous S&OP/IBP with top team buy-in. What happened?

FMCG: Will retailing the Amazon way see off the discounters?

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Customer service FMCG Dave Jordan Stock Control Logistics ManagementRomania has not yet bought into online FMCG supermarket retailing in a big way. There have been some trials, tribulations and a few errors but online retailing here is this nothing like on the scale seen in UK, for example. Firstly, I had to negotiate the huge queue of students (going out or coming in?) Aaaagggghhhh!

How It Works: Oracle Innovation Management Cloud Demo

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Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM and Innovation Management at Oracle. Just published! Watch this on-demand demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud to see the best practice approach to increase your returns on product and service innovation. A great way to quickly beef up on your Innovation Management essentials. More at Oracle Supply Chain Management

You can make big data work for you

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Jordan, a recognized expert in the field of data analysis and a distinguished Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In a recent interview with IEEE Spectrum Magazine , Jordan shared some profound insights on how misuse of Big Data could lead to distrust and eventual demise of the field. Jordan is right to be concerned. They are likely to be white noise. ”.

Future of Logistics Takes Center Stage in 2017


This post is credited to Jordan Kass. In January, I attended the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. with Jason Craig, C.H. Robinson’s director of government affairs. Three themes seem to be emerging around AV in freight transportation: Tension between state and federal regulators. This must be also balanced with safety for the public. Robinson.

Mega Monday for PLM at MSCE 2017!

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Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM Product Marketing at Oracle. Everyone interested in Oracle PLM has good reason to arrive early Monday morning or even Sunday evening of MSCE. PLM's 'Mega Monday' is Monday, February 13 at Modern Supply Chain Experience 2017 in San Jose, California. There is still time but space is limited! Monday, Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. See you there!

This Week in Logistics News (November 30 – December 4, 2015)

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Back in January 2014, I spoke with one of Oz Development’s customers, Jordan Kivelstadt, founder and CEO of Free Flow Wines , a pioneer in the “wine on tap” movement that Jordan and his partner launched in 2009. Freightview Launches New Google Chrome Application. 3PL Central Receives $17.5 Million Investment to Power Warehouse Management Software in the Cloud. req’d ). req’d ).

The Supply Chain Impact of Europe’s Refugee Crisis

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With a network of seven distribution centers (in Copenhagen, Jordan, Dubai, Nairobi, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Ghana), UNHCR can ship core relief items from these stockpiles to assist up to 600,000 people within 72 hours, if needed. by Kirsten Watson The Syrian refugee crisis has produced some staggering statistics. Of those 60 million people, 19.5 million were refugees. Funding is lacking.

[INFOGRAPHIC] 6 Logistics Industry Trends Set to Transform 2016 & Beyond


Although logistics providers have been gradually switching towards sustainable efforts, such as the use of natural gas-powered vehicles, the push for sustainability in 2016 will exceed that of previous years, explains Jordan England-Nelson. We have discussed how manufacturers are changing the landscape through surprising, innovative trends. Logistics Entities Move Towards Sustainability.

Big Data, Cognitive Computing, and the Future of Electronic Health Records

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“Sometime in the not too distant future,” predicts Jordan Novet (@jordannovet), “your doctor could write you a prescription for a … Continued The post Big Data, Cognitive Computing, and the Future of Electronic Health Records appeared first on Enterra Solutions. Artificial Intelligence Big Data Cognitive Computing Healthcare Natural Language Processing Technology