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Supply Chains: Do you use data or information?

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Who coined that irritating term “Big Data”? How did we get there without normal sized data, slightly larger data, chubby data and bordering on big data?

Extended Supply Chain - What do all those initials really mean?

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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.

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FMCG Complexity Reduction - A Practical Guide

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One of my Top 10 Supply Chain Improvement Resolutions for 2021 referred to SKU complexity and I recently discussed how that complexity negatively affects cost and service.

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FMCG SKU Proliferation: How this negatively affects cost and service

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Many SKUs sneak onto FMCG price lists when nobody is looking and this is far from facilitating constructive market development.

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Test Your Knowledge of Sales & Operations Execution

Many supply chain professionals have already taken this assessment spanning across multiple industries and 20 countries. The 15-question assessment takes only 5 minutes to complete. Take it now to see how your S&OE process scores and benchmark it against peers. Responses are aggregated and kept anonymous. We hope it serves as a thought-provoking exercise to improve your approach!

FMCG Forecasting: Ice cream, chocolate & pregnancy….

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Please bear with me for a while on this one; I will get to the Supply Chain stuff eventually. Humour S&OP Forecasting & Demand Planning Sales Inventory Management & Stock Control

Top Ten COVID 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. What else?

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Top Ten Supply Chain Improvement Resolutions for 2021

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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein. Dave Jordan Performance Improvement Forecasting & Demand Planning Cost Reduction Order to Cash RTM 3PLP covid19

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Christmas S&OP - Santa & Opening Presents

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Well, what a year it has been. As 2020 stutters and stumbles to the end we all need to think about how our Supply Chains will operate in 2021 and beyond. Just like those old school photographs, your steady-state, stable 2018 set-up has gone and will never return.

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Covid19 Vaccine Logistics – 3 Essentials for Success

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Now that one of the new Covid19 vaccines (Pfizer BioNTech's mRNA vaccine) has been approved by a regulatory authority (UK's MHRA on 2 December 2020), attention turns to how to vaccinate the UK and the world. Michael Thompson Supply Chain Logistics Management covid19

Webinar on Demand: 3 Ways to Make Your Operational Execution More Robust With S&OE

Speaker: Sander van Lokven and N.S. Krishnan

S&OE provides an early warning system that helps business stakeholders sense and optimize their responses. This keeps the supply chain out of firefighting mode, smoothens relationships with customers and suppliers, and helps sustain margins by reducing the cost to serve.

How Does Total Cost to Serve (TCTS) Impact the FMCG Route to Market?

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Understanding the Total Cost to Serve our customers is an essential element to any Route to Market (RtM) Strategy. As FMCG professionals, we need to understand how much it costs us to service our customers. It is also not as simple as it sounds.

FMCG Supply Chains – The most important roles?

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I am often asked which job in the extended Supply Chain is the most important. For FMCG producers this may be the demand planner while for retail partners the key role could be innovation planning. I do have a view on this so park the question for now and read on. FMCG Dave Jordan Supply Chain

3 reasons why multinationals are still struggling with inventory

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Last week I had another chat with a client about inventory.The essence of the client's problem was - "Why can't we get our stock right? We either have too much …. or run out … and we have just spent a fortune on a new IT system ….". Inventory Management Michael Thompson Integrated Planning supply chain analytics

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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Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

Supply Chain, Supply Chain: What’s That All About?

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I started my career as an R&D type who helped bring new FMCG products to the market. Nobody really knew how a product made the transition from bench top and pilot plant testing to the supermarket shelves. Somebody must have been involved somewhere but this was hardly a cohesive team with job descriptions let alone aligned roles and responsibilities. Even then “somebody” was not part of the project team so with hindsight it was inevitable delays and mistakes would occur.

Improve Manufacturing Performance with Total Productive Maintenance

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When I first came across Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) I was sceptical of yet another ”blue sky” approach to pursuing manufacturing excellence. Surely, this would soon be replaced by the next set of buzz-word initials dreamed up by sharp-suited consultants. But no; I saw the light and now I’m a firm believer in this technique that originated in Japan. FMCG Dave Jordan Performance Improvement Manufacturing Footprint Supply Chain S&OP Cost Reduction

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 savings versus sales & marketing budgets!

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There is your dilemma. You need to save cash towards an expensive year-end holiday but you really do not know the best place from where to take the money. Do you take it from your day to day current account which is already set up to pay the routine monthly bills and invoices? Do you take funds out of an investment account that has not yet actually matured? FMCG Dave Jordan CEO Pharma Supply Chain Traditional Trade Cost Reduction

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Perfect Delivery: The New Rules for Survival, Innovation, and Growth

As supply chain complexity increases, so do challenges to achieving the perfect order. ARC Advisory Group shares: hurdles faced in achieving the perfect order, opportunities to increase customer satisfaction and reduce costs, and how cloud SCM contributes to operational flexibility.

Manage Supply Chain Expectations with Service Level Agreements (SLA)

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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. FMCG Route to Market Logistics Service Provider Dave Jordan Performance Improvement Supply Chain CEE Traditional Trade Logistics Management

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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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FMCG Co-packing and Re-packing Management

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Whether you call it co-packing or re-packing this involves the further manipulation of a previously finished and complete SKU. Look around the shelves and the evidence of extra expense and work is displayed by special stickers, multi-packs and banded promotions amongst many others. The impact this has on your Supply Chain is potentially huge. I will park the question of the value (or waste) of these activities for another day but where is the best place to carry out such operations?

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Eurovision Song Contest, APO and.ABBA!

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There are many ways to link all the different planning activities in your FMCG/Pharma company. This could be done with one single tool like the SAP Advanced Planning Optimiser or a host of other tools and packages. Dave Jordan Humour Supply Chain Forecasting & Demand Planning

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Digital Order Fulfillment: The Game Has Forever Changed

Achieving cost-effective OTIF delivery across multiple channels requires a dynamic approach. Digital order fulfillment can help businesses adopt a more intelligent, agile, and holistic strategy that drives true optimization and customer loyalty.

FMCG & Pharma: Top 10 Tips for a Tip Top Supply Chain

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Only a few months into the year and I am hearing the same old complaints about the economy and business being in general ill health. However, there is a new recurring theme which popped up at various parties and gatherings over Easter; “my company doesn't seem to do anything different and just hopes business will improve”. Not going to happen, no way! FMCG Route to Market Logistics Service Provider Dave Jordan CEO Performance Improvement Pharma KPI Traditional Trade S&OP Cost Reduction

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SC and Sales senior team squabbles: Always bad for business

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Another sign of getting old I guess. When was the last time you watched a football match when no tattoos were on show and the haircuts did not look like something out of the Time Warp musical? As I write England is still involved yet we are all waiting for the inevitable elimination on penalties. At least it won’t be to Germany this time – what rotten bad luck boys! Dave Jordan CEO KPI Supply Chain Sales

FMCG ERP and The Beatles.? Spreadsheets cause damage.

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Some time ago I wrote about the way spreadsheets were undermining expensively assembled ERP’s in FMCG, Brewing and Pharmaceutical companies. They still are, by the way. Dave Jordan CEO Pharma ERP/SAP Supply Chain Forecasting & Demand Planning ERP

FMCG S&OP: Who is the stooge in your process?

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Laurel and Hardy, Morecambe and Wise, Abbott and Costello, Little and Large, Hale and Pace, May and Johnson. These are examples of double acts where one party plays the straight/stooge and apparently serious man while the other plays the fool/jester. I admit I am not too sure who is who in the last example. FMCG Dave Jordan Humour Supply Chain CEE S&OP Forecasting & Demand Planning Sales

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Ocean Supply Chain Visibility: Adapting and Thriving in a Rapidly Changing Global Economy

Building off of the lessons and challenges of 2020, what are global businesses and supply chains doing in 2021 to go beyond survival and truly thrive?

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: 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. The heiress has completed her Honours Degree in Fine Art so perhaps the annual student house move is a thing of the past.

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

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In 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. For once I can name a specific company in this blog. Trotters Independent Traders (TIT) is a well known UK operation involved in general trading and “knocking stuff out”.

FMCG Supply Chain: Do you use data or information?

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Who 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. Firstly, a couple of information irritations.

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GEP Outlook 2021 Report

It’s 2021, and many enterprises are still reeling from the unprecedented disruption of last year. Get a leg up with the GEP Outlook 2021 Report, featuring eight critical leadership themes that will help you navigate uncertainty and thrive in the new normal.