Archive for P&G

Procter & Gamble, General Mills, and Frito-Lay Move to Natural Gas Fleets

Nancy Getter, the Associate Director of Global Logistics at Procter & Gamble (P&G); Doug Watne, Director of North American Transportation at General Mills, Erik Neandross, a clean energy consultant for Frito-Lay, and Dave Warren, the President of Dart Transit Company, all spoke on a panel at CSCMP a few weeks ago about using natural gas trucks  for a larger portion of their shipments. P&G has 800,000 annual shipments over 8,000 lanes in North America. They […]

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Amazon Inside P&G Warehouses: A Case of “What’s In It for We”

An article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal revealed that Amazon has set up operations inside at least seven P&G warehouses worldwide where “each day, P&G loads products [such as paper towels and diapers] onto pallets and passes them over to Amazon inside a small, fenced-off area. Amazon employees then package, label, and ship the items directly to the people who ordered them [online].” Amazon’s partnership with P&G started three years ago, and the company is […]

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This Week in Logistics News (April 15-19, 2013)

As I write this, the greater Boston area (including where I live) is in lockdown as the police hunt for the second suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings (the first suspect was killed overnight). I’m amazed by how quickly the investigation has progressed, and how organized the response by law enforcement has been. We’ll learn more in the hours and days ahead. In the meantime… SAP Announces First Quarter 2013 Results Nulogy: Major Updates to […]

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Supply Chain 2050

An interesting and useful exercise for logistics executives to do at their annual strategic planning meeting is to ask, What are the megatrends that will change the face of logistics in five years? Ten years? Twenty years? And even forty years? For me, the three biggest megatrends are robotics in logistics (both for the warehouse as well as driverless cars/trucks, and maybe even drones), omni-channel fulfillment, and the need to develop new distribution models to […]

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Vested Outsourcing: The ‘Mind Shift’ is Finally Happening

Back in April 2009, I took a 2.5-day course on Vested Outsourcing (called “Performance-Based Outsourcing” at the time) at the University of Tennessee. Halfway through the course, I shared some of my key takeaways, including this one: Implementing Vested Outsourcing “the right way” takes a lot of work and discipline, and it requires 3PLs [third party logistics providers] and customers to make a clean break from the way they’ve always done things. It’s a mind […]

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Different Approaches to Dynamic Replenishment

I’ve been writing about the Demand Signal Repository (DSR) market a fair bit recently (see, for example, “How to Best Describe Demand Signal Repositories”). DSR solutions leverage a variety of different types of downstream data, including POS data, to power more robust and dynamic forms of replenishment.  As the saying goes, “everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”  Well, when it comes to supply chain management, most companies know about the […]

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The First Moment of Truth

I’ve always been a fan of Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley’s two moments of truth concept.  The first moment of truth is what a consumer sees on the store shelf; the second is what the consumer experiences after they have bought the product.  Today, I want to focus on the first moment of truth, on what consumers see on the store shelf, assuming there’s even a product there for them to see.  It strikes […]

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New Distribution Optimization Software Solutions

I recently completed a study of the Supply Chain Planning (SCP)software market.  In doing this study, I came across solutions that could not be cleanly classified as either Supply Chain Planning or Supply Chain Execution.  First, a quick background on supply chain planning and execution solutions.  SCP solutions are typically based on optimization algorithms.  I will spare you a detailed definition of optimization (it might make your eyes glaze over), but in the simplest terms, […]

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