World Cup in Brazil: Did it make it into your S&OP planning process?

Enchange Supply Chain Consultancy

However, when your can of fizz, bag of nuts or chocolate snack has the name of a team on the packaging then you take the risk of your team unexpectedly departing at the group stage leaving you with huge stocks of Costa Rica cola or Iranian ice cream.

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Small is the new big: Millennials & the future of retail

DELMIA Quintiq

Puravida allows young fashionable people to support multiple causes by purchasing unique handmade bracelets, while promising to provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. Do you shop online?

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Why Counterfeiting Is So Dangerous


Recently, 19 American tourists visiting Costa Rica passed away while visiting the area. The alcohol in Costa Rica was laced with methanol, a chemical also found in anti-freeze and windshield wiper fluid.

Most desirable logistics location of Europe in 2018

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. The Netherlands is the best region for a logistics base according to the ‘VerkehrsRundschau Markenstudie ImageRanking’.

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Checklist for working capital management

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. 10 questions to assess working capital management. Working capital management revolves around inventory, debtors and creditors. Some companies generate cash so quickly that they can even achieve negative working capital.

Rethinking your optimum

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Rethink your optimum: Prepare your supply chain for the challenges of 2017 and beyond.

Checklist for Global Trade Management

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. 10 questions about Global Trade Management. Managing the activities comprising a supply chain is becoming more difficult with the growth of trade and increased regulation.

White paper: Are the weakest link in your supply chain?

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Increasingly, your supply chain is seen as a value-creating process that differentiates your company from the competition. Clearly, this does not change the call for efficiency and productivity. And now, the pressure is on you -as senior executive- to deliver.

White paper: What if you are the weakest link in your supply chain?

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Increasingly, your supply chain is seen as a value-creating process that differentiates your company from the competition. Clearly, this does not change the call for efficiency and productivity. And now, the pressure is on you -as senior executive- to deliver.

This Week in Logistics News (August 13-17, 2018)

Talking Logistics

My family and I spent more than a week in Costa Rica, where everyone greets you with “Pura Vida,” which means “Pure Life” in Spanish. I’m back from vacation. Well, back physically. Getting back mentally has been a very slow process.

La carte du commerce international 2016 / Global Trade Map 2016 in French

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Les accords commerciaux et leurs risques d’un point de vue UE.

Is Logistics Outsourcing Right for Your Company?

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. More shippers today appear to be outsourcing some or all of their logistics. How does a company decide that outsourcing logistics is the right choice? This C.H.

Checklist Regelkonforme Lieferketten/Global Trade Management

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. 11 Fragen zum Global Trade Management / 11 questions about Global Trade Management. Der globale Handel wächst – und mit ihm die Regulierung. Das effiziente Management von Lieferketten wird dadurch immer weiter erschwert.

Talent development essential for supply chain leaders

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Recruiting raw talent is ‘extremely challenging’. Supply chain leaders have gained an ever-stronger position in the world of business over recent years.

Mindmap High-Tech Supply Chain 4.0

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. A technology revolution is rapidly changing the way we work, providing threats and opportunities along the way. These developments impact Original Equipment Manufacturers, both at strategic level and at operational level within their supply chains.

Mind Map for Order Management 2.0

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Global competition is forcing companies to optimally manage the orders they have scored. Supply chain execution software can coordinate the necessary alignment process between the various systems within the network.

Tropical Storm Nate: What You Need to Know


Tropical Storm Nate has already left 22 people dead, blocked roads, damaged bridges and houses in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras. By Thursday, a national emergency was declared in Costa Rica. Since the three most recent destructive hurricanes — Harvey, Irma, and Maria — wreaked havoc in the Caribbean and the Southeastern US, Tropical Storm Nate is now brewing in the Gulf Coast.

Updated IT Subway Map: Major acquisitions in SC software

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. The supply chain software industry is in a considerable state of flux. Three large, international take-overs are changing the face of the market.

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without Logistics

Enterra Insights

Ricaurte notes, “Every February, shoppers depend on farmers in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica for a universal token of love and affection – fresh cut flowers.” Today is Valentine’s Day. Traditionally it is a day to exchange cards expressing deep and abiding affection for loved ones.

Coming of Age: The Digital Consumer Chain

Supply Chain Insights

One of my tenants for good parenting is to understand that your child is likely moving at a much faster pace of emotion and intelligence than you did; and the continual challenge is to be out front of the issues and trends at least enough to be prepared to guide, counsel and nurture them as they move through each stage of life. We played with cap guns and toy soldiers – kids now play with HALO and wield Link’s sword in an all-to-realistic fantasy world of “Legend of Zelda.” Nothing is left to the imagination; and digital animation has created an entire generation of people who firmly believe that there are dinosaurs on the small islands off the coast of Costa Rica. The Gen X’ers and Millennials have dragged the rest of us (sometimes kicking and screaming) into the digital age. As empowered consumers, we expect full inventories of the products we want all the time, easy shopping and buying online and having the precious purchase on our doorsteps the next day. The most current research shows that 80% of us begin our shopping searches online, however, more than 93% of us still like to walk into the store to purchase the product. This dichotomy of observations points to the ongoing challenge all suppliers and channels must identify and engage the interested consumer, incite their presence in their stores, convert them into a customer and retain them in their loyalty. As a longtime analyst in the consumer goods and retail industries; I have seen what technology has done to change the way we do business. The pace of change is far slower than the adoption of technology, especially in the world of fast moving consumer goods. The old paradigms of consumer marketing and the accompanying business processes and technology we have had manage it have long sagged under the weight of go-to-market mandates to accommodate these new ways to reach the consumer. We are seeing an evolution in the Consumer Chain. The Consumer Chain is the end-to-end business process loop that begins with the identification of the consumer and carries through the entire process of marketing, trade channel promotion, retail execution, analysis of everything that happened and back again to better understanding the consumer. The three main protagonists in this production are the consumer/shopper, manufacturer/supplier and the retailer. The primary functional components include the consumer profile databases, direct-to-consumer marketing campaign management, product assortment and category management, trade promotion planning and execution, retail merchandising and compliance execution, loyalty management, supply chain management, analysis and, of course, financial settlement. Each of these process components is critical to provide the consumer with the best shopping experience they can have. We have almost worn out the term “digital transformation” these days; but in fact, no other descriptor captures the challenges better for both retailers and manufacturer/suppliers. The impact of online shopping and the emergence of super sites like and eBay have forever changed the way we, as consumers, shop. Product, brand and store banner loyalty have eroded significantly and that most dangerous of addictions, the promotional incentive , has forced both retailers and suppliers to spend more on supporting price reductions than any other time in history. In the CPG industry, spending levels for trade promotion have reached as high as 30% of revenues; and there seems to be no end in sight. For the manufacturer/supplier, the traditional ‘wall’ between sales (who has traditionally owned the trade promotion budget) and marketing (who owns the advertising, direct marketing and rebate budgets) is beginning to show cracks. CMO’s have long coveted the enormous wealth of the trade promotion budget, especially after seeing their own budgets drained each year to support continually increased mandates by the retail channel for trade spending. In my experience, this has certainly been the case for the past four decades. The justification has always been that marketing could never reach individual consumer/shoppers like the retailers, where the products are pulled off the shelf and passed through the checkout scanners. Naturally, therefore, why not spend the money on the most effective way to get the product sold? However, while we readily admit that the modern consumer now has the power on their own devices to shop anytime, anywhere (where there is a signal) and have the products delivered to their homes the next day, that road travels both directions. The modern manufacturer/supplier can now reach the consumer one-on-one via those same devices. So, the future is here – a manufacturer or retailer can communicate directly to and with the consumer. If you consider the incredible array of knowledge we now have available on consumers through their direct marketing and shopping profiles, knowing who they are, where they are, what they want, what they DON’T want, when they want it and what incites them to buy gives the modern manufacturer/supplier and retailer the ability to go direct in a much more effective and intimate way. Complete marketing campaign management solutions are being consumed by both retail and CPG companies that leverage this data to create targeted and personal communications with response rates that are higher than any other medium in history. With all these tools coming online, it is no wonder why we are seeing projections that the CMO will be a greater purchaser of technology than the CIO. The truth is that the retail industry has had the upper hand in trade promotion planning; and that does not seem to be changing soon. However, speaking with a number of major retail chains across North America, I can also tell you that I have seen more willingness on their part to collaborate with the CPG suppliers around trade promotion planning than ever before. The retail marketing organization is increasing their interaction with the CPG’s to participate in more direct-to-consumer marketing events and promotions as well. Given the digital transformation on both sides of the channel, doesn’t it make you wonder how the future looks for consumer promotion? Here’s an idea: Let’s take a page out of our parenting manuals and get ahead of the growth curve we are seeing. We should dispense with the current and historical dialogue and thinking and consider what our REAL futures will be. Then we can build an entire thought leadership strategy that not only prepares us for this coming of age, but enables us to drive it. In the coming weeks, I will be reaching out to many of you about joining an initiative that will ensure your own success in the Consumer Chain. I am excited about this and look forward to talking with you. Supply chain excellence

Valentine’s Day 2019

Enterra Insights

Valentine flowers are primarily grown by farmers in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. There are several different stories about the origins of Valentine’s Day (or St. Valentine’s Day); but, the story I prefer involves love and marriage. According to the BBC, “The popular belief about St. Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.

World Cup Plays that Build Winning Supply Chain Teams

Supply Chain @ MIT

One of the most pleasing features of the 2014 World Cup is how “small” teams such as Algeria and Costa Rica gave bigger teams a run for their money. Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals where they took soccer behemoth, the Netherlands, to a penalty shoot out. The 2014 FIFA World Cup is finally over. If you’re not a soccer fan maybe you’re still wondering what all the fuss was about.

Supply Chain Alone Can’t Solve Sustainability But it Has a Part to Play!

Supply Chain Game Changer

It saw leaders from around the world pledging new initiatives to address the ongoing climate crisis, including a $60 Billion renewable energy commitment from Germany, and 15 countries including Britain, Norway and Costa Rica pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Subscribe Here! Email Address. Subscribe to Supply Chain Game Changer. The Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Reduction Strategy.

Strategic moves among logistics providers

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Fourth release of 3PL Subway Map Europe. Manufacturers and retailers welcome the ongoing consolidation in the fragmented logistics industry. they want logistics service providers to offer full service on a global scale and are demanding more technological innovation.

Mindmap for Supply Chain Execution 24/7

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Customers are becoming more demanding all the time: they increasingly expect personalised offers, available globally and round the clock. Such huge pressure on sales is also dragging the supply chain department(s) towards an ever-higher service level.

Gartner’s survey analysis: Women in Supply Chain 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, and supported by Supply Chain Media, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles.

Gartner’s Women in Supply Chain Survey 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Gartner’s first Women in Supply Chain Survey, conducted with AWESOME, an executive women’s leadership group, compares the representation of women in supply chain leadership roles.

10 questions about supply chain optimisation

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Better decision-making processes. The business complexity is increasing all the time due to globalisation, big data and dynamic interdependences. It is becoming ever-more difficult for supply chain professionals to make the right decisions.

Mindmap for the Fashion & Luxury Goods Market

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. In the global fashion and luxury goods market, ever-higher customer expectations, combined with demographic and economic shifts, are making it increasingly difficult to predict consumer behaviour and plan accordingly.

Complex costs of transportation

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. 10 questions about Freight Spend Management. There are numerous ways a shipper can reduce freight spend. They can renegotiate contracts, find other carriers, and do a better job of maximizing their truck utilization. But these efforts bring temporary, not permanent, relief.

Gradual changes in the European supply chain consulting market

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. The major consultancy firms are still acquiring smaller niche competitors to intensify their supply chain expertise. At the same time, the supply chain specialists are expanding across Europe and even into North America.

Mindmap for Global Logistics Integration

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. The world is becoming smaller and larger at the same time through globalization and the internet. Goods have to be transported across the globe and across the neighbourhood.

Mindmap for the Supply Chain Director 2020

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. The rapidly changing world is forcing companies to continually adapt.

10 questions about the benefits of S&OP for your organisation

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. Management at the helm. Some companies have a well-developed sales & operations planning (S&OP) process as a safeguard for structured decision-making. Those companies take an integral view of supply and demand, including the financial impact of mediumterm risks.

Manufacturing Pulse Report 2016

Supply Chain Movement

Costa Rica. The manufacturing sector is in the midst of a period of great change. Driven by a desire to get closer to end customers, many are now looking at selling directly to shoppers, while continuing to serve their traditional B2B channels.