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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.

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

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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!

Santa & Opening Presents - S&OP is Invaluable at Christmas

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

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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.

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.

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

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Supply Chain Performance: Budget Airlines and KPIs……

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I have never been a fan of budget airlines and certainly not since one left me sleeping overnight in the back of beyond that is Luton Airport. That may be an exciting addition to a student’s back-pack holiday itinerary but when you have a glass back it is not so appealing.

Why S&OP and IBP are invaluable all year round but especially at Christmas

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All rather too quickly Noddy Holder is already gargling on the festive gravel. Roy Wood and Wizard are wishing we could grossly over eat and drink on 365 or 366 days of the year and although they never met, Bowie and Bing are dueting about peace on earth – a likely story in today’s world.

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Leveraging Supply Chain Data for Competitive Advantage

What does it mean to become a digital business or digital supply chain?

Fashion Retailers: Is inventory eating into your profits? (It is…)

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I touched on the problem of expanding UK waistlines a few blogs ago and the topic popped up again recently when I was out and about shopping for clothes – no, not me.

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 ….".

Supply Chain Analytics: Sprouts, Imodium & Harry Potter

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Christmas 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 Chains; Swiss legal entities & local Op-Cos - a taxing question

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Personal and corproate taxation has been top of mind this week. Suddenly all sorts of UK policticians are publishing their tax returns in an attempt to show themselves whiter than white. Well, the tax returns will be Persil-white won't they or otherwise the tax man will already have had a word

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

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In 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.

CIO: Here's Why Analytics is Eating the Supply Chain

Life science companies are adopting innovative cloud technology to provide a single source of truth for end-to-end supply chain decision-making.

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

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When 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.

Supply Chain – regular IT to Supply Chain Analytics

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I am an App-free zone. I have to admit I am not a big App fan but at least I now know what an App is after a lengthy period of ignorant denial.

FMCG: Free Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) e-Book

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Whether your deployment of Sales & Operational Planning (S&OP) is as solid as fine old Cheddar or is more like Emmental after a rodent rampage, you will benefit from this free e-book.

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

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In 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.

The Modern Supply Chain: Present and Future

The external manufacturing environment is a highly dynamic, ever-changing landscape. The supply chain must both anticipate and adapt to that change.

7 Deadly FMCG Sins: Overstocked Traditional Trade Distributors

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Sorry 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.

FMCG Supply Chain Consultants: A lot of Fiction & 1 Fact!

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Some FMCG organisations are comfortable with the idea of using consultants while others avoid them like the plague. Having been on both sides of the fence with respect to supply chain consultancy services I can appreciate the pros and cons for each party.

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.

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.

Balancing Priorities in the Supply Chain: How Data Discovery Reveals Unseen Associations and Opportunities

Leading companies are constantly managing competing supply chain priorities.

FMCG Supply Chains – What are 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 and read on.

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.

FMCG Supply Chain: KPI Scorecards - Don’t look back in anger

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For a change, UK has been my base for a few weeks and even in that short time I have started to genuinely think I must now be a different nationality if not from a different planet. When my denim jeans rip at the knees it is time to throw them out.

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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.

The Sustainable Supply Chain: Realizing Costs Savings and Increased Efficiencies Through Data Discovery

The sustainable supply chain is the future supply chain.

1 Inventory Optimisation Success Story

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In my last two blogs I offered three reasons why multinationals are still struggling with inventory optimisation. I also suggested t wo issues that needed to be addressed before this process can commence.

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.

FMCG Supply Chain Language; What do we really mean?

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If you are honest you have probably sat bored in an airport lounge waiting for your inevitably delayed flight and listened in on a conversation. Go on, admit it! If the discussion topic is not one with which you are familiar it can be as if you are listening to speech in a foreign language.

FMCG Stock Shrinkage happens in the best run operations, even yours!

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My colleague Stefan Cucu recently wrote on the subject of stock shrinkage in coolers located in HORECA outlets in Romania. One of the points he made warned Supply Chain professionals about the likelihood of stock shrinkage anywhere along the chain.

Machine Learning: A Quantum Leap in Forecast Accuracy for the Modern Supply Chain

Whether you realize it or not, Machine Learning is having a profound impact on your everyday life.

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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FMCG: The most perfect Supply Chain in the history of the universe?

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I will not reveal the name of the organisation for obvious reasons but their Supply Chain is clearly one very impressive, slick machine. Across the Source, Plan, Make and Deliver Supply Chain disciplines we can see excellence and leading edge systems and performance. Source.

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Supply Chain: Communication teases out scorecard improvement

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When I used to spend far too much of my life flying around the globe I did my best to avoid cabin chat with fellow passengers. That may sound a bit miserable but I just needed some sleep before arriving at the next FMCG supply chain challenge. FMCG Performance Improvement KPI Communication

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FMCG Beer stock outs and the Otopeni airport baggage carousel

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Quite a bit of travel recently with a trip in each of the last three weeks. Regular readers will be aware I do not particularly like flying these days, not out of fear but simply the hassle of getting onto a plane.

Digitizing the Extended Supply Chain: How to Survive and Thrive

The digital economy is upending all industries and processes, placing a premium on speed, customer satisfaction, personalized products, and collaboration.