Archive for direct store delivery

Mobile Technology Adoption – The Weakest Link in Your Delivery Strategy?

If there was a subject that I should not be writing about now, it’s this one. Mobile applications and technology have advanced considerably. However, too many implementations struggle to rollout successfully because they underestimate the challenges that exist in getting drivers to use it correctly and consistently. This is becoming a critical issue, as Customer Facing Supply Chains rely on accurate and timely data from the mobile devices in the field to enhance the customer […]

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Direct Store Delivery: Mondelēz International’s Mobile Journey

One of the key aspects of omni-channel retailing is merchandise availability. This pertains to the store, warehouse, and distribution center. With so much effort and focus being spent on building out omni-channel strategies starting at the store, merchandise availability within the store is of critical importance. Another company that presented at the CSCMP Annual Global Conference in San Antonio, TX was Mondelēz International. Headquartered in Deerfield, IL, Mondelēz International comprises the global snack and food brands […]

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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: Is a Direct-to-Store Delivery Model Right for You?

Speed is the name of the game in today’s retail landscape. How quickly products are purchased from store shelves depends on various factors, including consumer preference, special promotions, and brand recognition, just to name a few. The trick to gaining speed and increasing your inventory turns is to ensure you have a successful and cost-efficient replenishment system. Over the last few years, many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly using a Direct-to-Store delivery model as […]

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Goya Foods Transforms Its Supply Chain to Enhance Profitable Growth and Service

The title of this posting comes from a speech Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President at Goya Foods, gave at the JDA Software user conference last month. Goya Foods is the largest family-owned Hispanic food company, and the number one Latin brand, in the US. The company’s Americas supply chain contains six factories and fourteen distribution centers (DCs). Goya has about 350 vendors and it carries 1,600 authentic Latin products, including beans, rice, regional specialty foods, […]

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Nestle DSD Makes Optimal Production Sourcing Decisions

Nestlé USA has a Direct Store Delivery (DSD) division focused on several of its frozen food brands, including Edy’s and Dreyer’s (ice cream) and Digiorno, Tombstone, and Jack’s (frozen pizza). The company’s move to DSD began in 2006 when it acquired Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream and the scope of its operations has grown since acquiring the pizza brands. DSD can be a competitive route to market. Food companies often pay to have their products placed […]

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Coca-Cola Enterprises: Better Trucks, Happy Drivers, Lower Costs

I recently wrote about some of the thinking and core concepts behind achieving the lowest supply chain costs in a Direct Store Delivery (DSD) supply chain (see “Direct Store Deliveries and Lowest Total Supply Chain Costs”). Today, I will highlight how Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has actually put these concepts into practice. I’d like to thank Mike Jacks, Sr. Manager for Logistics Systems at CCE, and Brian Wilkie and Brian Crane, Logistics Business Analysts, for taking […]

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Direct Store Deliveries and Lowest Total Supply Chain Costs

From a supply chain perspective, it often makes sense to have the warehouse work harder, so that downstream recipients of shipments don’t have to work as hard. If certain tasks can be done more cost efficiently in the warehouse, then those tasks should be performed there.  However, there are instances where the warehouse can actually work less hard and still provide lower total supply chain costs. A recent article by Derek Curtis in “Raising the […]

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Coca-Cola and PepsiCo: $20 Billion for Distribution Flexibility

In an article last Thursday, The Wall Street Journal announced that the Coca-Cola Company was nearing a deal to buy the bulk of its largest bottler, Coca-Cola Enterprises.  This was interesting news to me because the acquisition, like PepsiCo’s deals to buy its two biggest bottlers, The Pepsi Bottling Group and PepsiAmericas, was driven in large part by the need for distribution flexibility. A little refresher course on this industry might help to explain what […]

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