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Growing the Joint Profit Pool of Retailers and Manufacturers in Europe Blog 24 Feb 2021 E2E Value Chain Growing the Joint Profit Pool of Retailers and Manufacturers in Europe In Europe, modern trade retailers account for 40% to 80% of annual sales and gross profit for most consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs). Much of that profit is concentrated in four to five main customers in each country. A good year with one of these key customers typically translates into a good year for the […]
How Accurate & Harmonised Product Data Streamlines Global Industry Operations & Builds Consumer Trust Blog 22 Feb 2021 Product Data How Accurate & Harmonised Product Data Streamlines Global Industry Operations & Builds Consumer Trust Presently, it is near impossible to accurately estimate the number of products traded across global markets, and even more so to understand how many of them have unique identifiers and find each product’s history and associated details. Data inconsistencies lead to costly workarounds and manual alternations. For businesses, this can be harmful to operations and […]
Alas, It Is Always Dangerous to Prophesy, About the Future Blog 12 Feb 2021 Product Data Alas, It Is Always Dangerous to Prophesy, About the Future   This is the time of the year when everybody becomes a futurist. With a quick scan of the web you can find plenty of pundits trying their hands at guessing the future – whether it is “5 Supply Chain Trends We Should Watch in 2021” or “13 Post-Pandemic Supply Chain Trends” there is no […]
Blog 02 Feb 2021 Product Data D2C’s Evolving Landscape   As recently as last year, various boardrooms, airport lounges, in Strat sessions and at team builds ‘evolution and survival of the fittest’ were terms bandied around like a ding bat on time trials. And then, slam dunk – virus 1, global teams 0. Albeit, for a brief moment.   We could not have predicted […]
Why Brands Must Master Marketplace Strategies to Win Consumers, and Not Focus on Mass Personalisation Blog 01 Feb 2021 Product Data Why Brands Must Master Marketplace Strategies to Win Consumers, and Not Focus on Mass Personalisation   Retail is on the cusp of entering Generation 5.0 (Retail 5.0), the next era of its evolution. In this new future phase of worldwide retail, growth for consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands will be driven by online shoppers on a relatively small number of giant online marketplaces, such as Amazon and Alibaba. By 2025, […]
Closing the Gap Between Consumer Expectations and Supply Chain Reality Blog 29 Jan 2021 Product Data Closing the Gap Between Consumer Expectations and Supply Chain Reality   Consumers are demanding more. They expect to know exactly where their products are sourced from, what impact they have on people and the planet, and the journey they have been on to reach the end consumer. And this information is starting to impact sales. We’re already seeing that the products providing greater transparency on […]
From Laggard To Leader: Scaling Digital Operations & Extracting Value Blog 17 Dec 2020 Product Data From Laggard To Leader: Scaling Digital Operations & Extracting Value It’s a tricky time for Manufacturers.  Technological advances, global trade tensions and market evolutions and, most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic, have accelerated the shift to digital, end to end, from consumer to supply chain and operations.  It all adds up to a tenuous time for Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) leaders —and a compelling need to […]
COVID-19 Causes a Stutter Step in Sustainability Progress, What’s Next? Blog 20 Nov 2020 E2E Value Chain COVID-19 Causes a Stutter Step in Sustainability Progress, What’s Next? Sustainability Then and Now   Prior to the pandemic, consumers around the world were focused on sustainability; reuse and recyclables, organic and natural food products, to do their part in managing the effects of climate change. Millennials led the charge by voting with their wallets, challenging retailers and suppliers to provide sustainable products and packaging […]
Increased Profits Driving Dynamic Pricing Adoption Blog 05 Nov 2020 Product Data Increased Profits Driving Dynamic Pricing Adoption Dynamic pricing is on the cusp of wide-scale adoption across all types of retailers. Once a plaything of airlines and the travel industry, dynamic pricing has gone mainstream. A Bain & Company global survey of 1,700 business leaders revealed that 85% of company management believe they need to make better pricing decisions. However, only 15% […]
The Scientific Lifecycle Analysis Tool (LCA) as a Positive Force for Achieving Ambition 2030 Blog 16 Oct 2020 E2E Value Chain The Scientific Lifecycle Analysis Tool (LCA) as a Positive Force for Achieving Ambition 2030 P&G harnesses the scientific Lifecycle Analysis tool (LCA) as a positive force for achieving Ambition 2030 Over the course of 2020, the world, and the way we live in it, has changed. We’ve seen proof that when we act collectively, our actions have the ability to conserve, protect and even help recover our natural environment. […]
Making Packaging Intelligent Through the Use of Digital Watermarks: A Deep Dive Into Project HolyGrail & the New Possibilities of HolyGrail2.0 Blog 13 Oct 2020 E2E Value Chain Making Packaging Intelligent Through the Use of Digital Watermarks: A Deep Dive Into Project HolyGrail & the New Possibilities of HolyGrail2.0 HolyGrail is a collaborative effort designed to solve one of the largest obstacles facing plastic recycling – inefficient sorting at sorting and/or recycling facilities. In 2016, as P&G’s sustainable packaging expert, I worked with P&G to kick off a coalition of companies to pioneer HolyGrail in Europe under the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy […]
Sustainable Supply Chain is the Only Way Forward: an Insight into the Isomodular GS1 Transport Box and Sustainable Point of Sale Materials Blog 12 Oct 2020 Product Data Sustainable Supply Chain is the Only Way Forward: an Insight into the Isomodular GS1 Transport Box and Sustainable Point of Sale Materials Ahead of The Consumer Goods Forum’s Sustainable Retail Summit this month, Wouter Schaekers, P&G Director of Product Supply & Sustainability, and Reinhard Wesp, P&G Director of Physical Distribution and Customization (DACH), give their insight into two aspects of sustainable supply chain innovation that are changing the game.   Advocating for reusable instead of disposable for […]
Achieving a More Responsive Supply Chain: Lessons from COVID-19 Blog 06 Oct 2020 Product Data Achieving a More Responsive Supply Chain: Lessons from COVID-19 Seven months into the COVID-19 lockdown, consumers still find themselves fighting for toilet paper, disinfectant wipes and nitrile gloves at their local retail stores. On the flipside, many Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies who saw a significant drop in demand at the height of the lockdown are struggling to get their production back to normal […]
Data Transparency Takes Centre Stage Throughout the Pandemic Blog 02 Sep 2020 Product Data Data Transparency Takes Centre Stage Throughout the Pandemic The rate of change in consumer demand witnessed over the past few months has been unprecedented, calling attention to the importance of effective lines of communication between suppliers and retailers.  As demand for certain products spiked and supply chains experienced disruption, information sharing and access to accurate information became critical for both parties. Suppliers needed real–time information on the products being taken from and those […]
Overcoming the Barriers to Supply Chain Transparency in Soy Blog 12 Aug 2020 Product Data Overcoming the Barriers to Supply Chain Transparency in Soy Soy is one of the world’s most important crops, finding its way into animal feed, vegetable oil, even industrial chemicals. It is one of the most intensively grown: worldwide 1 in 10 acres of agricultural land is dedicated to soy. And it’s one of the most impactful: soy is the second biggest driver of deforestation […]
Consumers Are Ready to Be Analytically Educated Blog 07 Aug 2020 Product Data Consumers Are Ready to Be Analytically Educated Creating financially aware and healthier lives for consumers post-COVID   Retail has always been one of the most innovative industries in the world by being incredibly responsive to the consumer, moving quickly, and being at the cutting edge of developing new technology. This has been no more apparent than how grocery retailers with a physical […]