Archive for CPG

Guest Commentary: Thirsty for DSD Efficiency? Issues and Answers

The beverage business has become much more complex, dynamic and fragmented over the last five years. One of the reasons why is consumer taste buds are changing in both developed and emerging markets. The result is a dizzying plethora of choices to quench every thirst, from hundreds of craft beers to Chinese colas to a seemingly endless stream of flavored energy drinks. According to a recently published survey, “Global Beverage Survey 2013-2014: Market Trends, Buyer […]

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Guest Commentary: Catch the “Big Fish” Savings by Optimizing Orders Upstream!

Many Consumer Goods companies today are wasting too much time and resources trying to figure how to consolidate orders manually or with their transportation management systems (TMS). The order management process requirements from big-box retailers such as Walmart, Target and others is critical, particularly since they can make up more than 50 to 60 percent of a CPG company’s revenue. Freight costs and the ever-increasing demands from retailers on inventory levels continue to put pressure […]

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Kraft Foods Leverages Downstream Data to Drive Supply Chain Collaboration

At the CSCMP Annual Conference a couple of weeks ago, I attended the best supply chain presentation I’ve been to in years. It was given by Ron Volpe, Customer VP – Supply Chain at Kraft Foods, and Jon Golovin, CEO of Retail Solutions Inc. Kraft is using solutions from Retail Solutions to better leverage its downstream data. The company has a truly audacious goal for inventory reductions based on using this data. I’d like to […]

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Guest Commentary: Retailers and Manufacturers Must Rethink their Planning and Fulfillment Strategies

This is an interesting time to be a supply chain professional. We are seeing a convergence of revolutionary trends that are causing retailers and their manufacturing suppliers to truly re-think how they approach their planning and fulfillment strategies. Here are some examples: Multi-Channel Retailing. Not long ago, a retailer’s transportation focus was on loading trucks and shipping into distribution centers and stores. The recent increase in parcel activity due to direct consumer fulfillment is changing […]

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Guest Commentary: CPG Companies Collaborate on Sharing Best Practices and on the Road

For years, collaboration has been a major topic of interest for shippers that focus on best practices and innovative supply chain strategies. But with growing uncertainty around an economic rebound and shifts in capacity, forward-thinking shippers are talking about collaboration to improve their supply chain operations and to better serve their customer base. For the past five years, Transplace has brought together leading consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies for its annual CPG Summit, where supply […]

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Guest Commentary: Invisible Visibility

For well over a decade we’ve talked about how supply chain visibility will help minimize the impact of disruptions, decrease order cycle times and risk, and improve service levels. Yet, after all these years, why are people still talking about supply chain visibility like it’s in the future? About now you may be thinking you’ve had visibility within the four walls of your DC for years via your warehouse management system (WMS). If you have […]

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Innovative Solutions for CPG Unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld

It is getting harder and harder for software vendors to innovate in supply chain management (SCM). I went to Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) last week expecting to see incremental improvements in many of its SCM applications (Oracle is an ARC client). Instead, I was blown away by what I saw and heard in one key area: Oracle’s innovative solutions for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.  For CPG companies, it is not unusual for promotions to […]

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