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Your FMCG Supply Chain in 2018: 5 Problematic Predictions

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Chris Rea has finally found the correct turn off, a lot of people in Africa still don’t know its Christmas and the novelty Santa toilet seat cover is back in the box. Oh, and chocolate Easter eggs are in the shops 4 months in advance. Christmas and the New Year holidays are well and truly over, and the clock is already ticking down on the month of January. FMCG S&OP Forecasting & Demand Planning Sales Inventory Management & Stock Control

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FMCG Supply Chain dates to remember: Advanced Planning

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February is here but blink and you will miss it as it is not a leap year. You cannot change January performance and February should be quite firm by now, so you need to be looking further ahead in your S&OP. Much further ahead. FMCG Dave Jordan S&OP Forecasting & Demand Planning Integrated Business Planning

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FMCG Cost Control: Boosting Brewing Bottom Lines

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Picture the scene in many a brewing boardroom; a terse note has arrived from the suits at HQ telling the boss to urgently reduce costs as the year-end result is not going to look pretty. Why do all the board directors then look silently at their supply chain colleague?

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Your FMCG Supply Chain: The end of January is nigh!

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Where has that first post-holiday month gone? Suddenly it’s the 24 th of January and there are only 7 calendar days and 5 working days until you close the month. Adopt panic stations despite what Corporal Jones of Dad’s Army would say. FMCG Dave Jordan S&OP Forecasting & Demand Planning Sales Inventory Management & Stock Control

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The 4 Stages of Supply Chain Analytics

How do you move from “what happened” to “what would happen if”? Most supply chains struggle with the first, and the latter is wishful thinking. What stage are you in? Find out where your supply chain is on the maturity curve.

NHS UK Waste: Planning challenges require extreme patience

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I have spent some considerable time visiting medical facilities both at home and in UK and in the latter case I was not impressed. The National Health Service is still the envy of the rest of the world and rightly so.

FMCG Supply Chain: What is your 2018 Planning Priority?

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We already find ourselves at 17 th January so not many days left to ensure your monthly top and bottom lines are on target. Good luck with that if your business (& body!) is only just shaking off the holiday excesses. What is top of mind? The sagging month to date sales rate? The slow return to normal of the S&OP meeting schedule? The upcoming corporate audit? Top of mind is where to go on your summer holidays and to get this booked as soon as possible.

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FMCG Turn-around Intensive Care Recovery KPIs

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On a daily basis the amount of care we give to the human body is remarkably little. When you are feeling in good shape the best the body can hope for is a good wash, a brush of the teeth and a slap of moisturiser if you are a bit of a girly. What else?

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Top 10 Times You Need Supply Chain Interim Management

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I have been talking to a number of supply chain executives during the last few weeks and something of a theme has emerged. The theme is the immediate need for highly skilled supply chain resource, available at short notice, with the flexibility to switch off the resource at wil.….and

Offer 2-Day Shipping to Your Customers by Distributing Your Inventory

ShipBob isn’t a traditional 3PL. They offer 2-day shipping using integrated technology and by splitting inventory across fulfillment centers in the largest US cities to ship orders from locations closer to customers, reducing costs and time in transit.

Supply Chain Analytics: The birth of a new Dawn, or Daniel

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Anyone expecting their first child has probably been told by a gloating-doting grandparent-to be that their lives are about to change dramatically. This is of course untrue as in reality dramatically is too simple a word and in any event, that “change” is far, far different than granny suggests.

FMCG CEE Route To Market: Importance of relationships

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You have great brands and brand awareness, a fantastic internal supply chain, tight financial control, top class HR, a top-notch sales force, innovative marketing - surely a recipe for success in CEE? Surely this must be the case?

The Twelve Days of Supply Chain 2016

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

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Supply Chain Analytics: Is your data providing information & actions?

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Who coined the term “Big Data”? How did we get there without tiny data, ordinary 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 tells you absolutely nothing.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

Common problems like data access and quality are preventing you from taking the first step towards transformation. Modern visibility providers are putting band-aids on bad data, giving you the ability to make misinformed decisions. Solve the data first.

FMCG Supply Chain: Chaff innovation, is it worth it?

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By the end of February over 19% of the year will be behind you. Think about that for a minute. If you follow a financial calendar year you probably put your Annual Plan to bed in October and now nearly 20% of the available selling time has already gone. Shocker! FMCG Dave Jordan CEO Supply Chain INNOVATION

Relieve your FMCG pain - secure Interim Supply Chain Support

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I know you are busy. Not enough hours in the day. Deadlines rapidly approaching. Your children call you Uncle Dad or Auntie Mum. Before the stress takes its inevitable toll think about relieving the pressure without adding to head count.

FMCG: I’m a Supply Chain expert…Get me out of here!

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The definition of celebrity is a famous person, VIP, very important person, personality, name, big name, famous name, household name, star, superstar, celebutante, leading light, giant, great, master, guru. In that case why do I only know 3 people from the 2017 series? One boxer, a footballer with an ironic surname and Boris Johnson’s father. I don’t know Mr Johnson either, but he helped produce Boris the buffoon so probably deserves to endure a degree of hardship.

Case Study: FMCG (Friendly Man Carrying Gifts) RTM (Reindeer To Market)

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Client : Santa Claus aka Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, St. Nick or simply Santa. FMCG Christmas Humour Supply Chain RTM

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

People think end-to-end visibility is simply aggregating data from multiple sources, storing it in one place, and serving it up. That task, though hard, is relatively simple; but more importantly, doesn't solve the fundamental challenge - The Data.

Supply Chains – Managing internal & external 3/4PLP expectations

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American sit-coms. With very few exceptions I personally do not find them at all funny. At times the funniest part is hearing the hilarious canned laughter when nothing in the least bit humorous occurs.

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Postman Pat, Postman Pat, Postman Pat & his Supply Chain hat

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I recently peeped outside of the FMCG and Pharmaceutical world and took a look at the amount of empty beds in the National Health Service in UK and how a little alternative thinking plus basic demand and supply planning expertise could improve bed utilisation.

Santa & Opening Presents - Christmas S&OP For Parents

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“Dashing through the snow In a one horse open sleigh…”. Christmas Humour Supply Chain S&OP Logistics Management Inventory Management & Stock Control

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An FMCG Distributor Is For Life & Not Just For Christmas

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Ok, so you are unlikley to see this on a car bumper sticker but FMCG Distributors will have a significant impact on your sales performance , probably your variable pay bonus and therefore your CEO aspirations! How have you treated your Distributors this year? Were they the usual pain in the proverbial - failing to achieve targets, not paying on time, always moaning about trading terms?

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Connecting Supply Chain Planning to Profitability

What collaboration between supply chain and ?nance can achieve.

FMCG Supply Chains: Searching for the next “big thing” – it’s here!

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I had an informal discussion with a small group of FMCG Supply Chain VP/Directors last week. I well remember the occasion as it was the day UK had its annual summer but the discussion was memorable for more than that fact.

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FMCG – Hunkering down for Supply Chain Analytics

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Have you ever “hunkered down”? I remember being asked to hunker down during a supply chain 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 appeared to be causing a bit of a problem for the presenter.

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

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Yes 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.

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Global FMCG Supply Chain Transformed by Analytics

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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 insignificant task!

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

Machine Learning and AI are not magic bullets to solve all supply chain problems. Despite many software companies slapping AI on everything the reality is that there are a lot of hurdles to overcome before AI can be effective. Learn how to leap them.

UK NHS Supply Chain: bed-busting benefits of patient SKUs

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Some time ago I looked at the often dreadful customer service offered by FMCG and Telecoms companies in CEE. Of course, this avoidable malaise is not restricted to that part of the world.

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Frock Stocks & FMCG Supply Chain Inventory Decisions

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Senior Management has been on quite a shopping spree over the last few months taking advantage of various big name high street stores that have lost their lustre and even their premises in some cases.

Supply Chain: The benefits of Interim Management

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Interim Management is an approach used by companies to “make things happen” within a clear budget and without the headaches of recruiting a full time employee (FTE). The benefits are numerous but initially……. FMCG Interim Management Dave Jordan Performance Improvement Pharma Supply Chain CEE

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

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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 now - use by dates permitting, of course!

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Increasing Supply Chain Visibility and Security

Securing the supply chain starts with having visibility into the status of your assets, but this requires more than GPS coordinates on a map, because security isn’t just about preventing theft. Your assets don’t just need to arrive at their destination. They need to get there on time and untainted by heat, moisture, or physical shock.