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Accurate Product Measurement - Items and Trade Units within the Australian and New Zealand Grocery Industry

ECR Australasia 2010.09.24

Efficient Consumer Response Australasia, GS1 Australia and GS1 New Zealand officially released its latest report Accurate Product Measurement - Items and Trade Units within the Australian and New Zealand Grocery Industry at the highly successful workshop held on Wednesday 11 June 2008.

The report provides a concise summary of the key findings of an industry wide measurement audit and details the imporantance of accurate item and carton measurements, including the ongoing maintenance of this data in master data files. It also offers practical information on measurement rules; standard tolerances; and data quality management.
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A Guide to KPI Development within the Grocery Industry

ECR Australasia 2010.09.24

The Grocery Industry Supply Chain Committee's (GISCC) 1999 Tracking Study highlighted the general poor understanding, agreement and use of ECR-related Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and scorecards at two levels.

-  within individual companies
-  between trading partners

A scorecard is the identification, definition and quantification of a set of KPIs that focus and drive desired behaviour to accord with what is being consistently measured both within and between trading partners.

The key issues were assessed to be the:

-  inability to agree upon KPIs to be used, consistent and common definitions and
frequency of measurement.
-  changing/redefining of performance measures tended to lag the development and
implementation of key initiatives; this has often resulted in the existence of long
standing, entrenched KPIs that incentivise behaviour inconsistent with new
business and trading arrangments.

-  inability to routinely measure the important data elements that make up the KPIs, typically, transaction systems such as
warehouse management, order processing and so forth have not been able to provide the routine data set measurements
required to efficiently quantify the performance measures.
-  general lack of preparedness, with some notable exceptions, for trading partners to share information with respect to the
performance measures with the view to seeking joint performance improvements.
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Getting the Best out of Pallet Labels

ECR Australasia 2010.09.24

Efficient Consumer Response Australasia (ECRA), proudly supported by AFGC, in partnership with GS1 Australia today launched a toolkit for use in the fast moving consumer goods industry to deliver improved pallet label compliance.

In a study conducted earlier this year 44% non compliance in pallet labeling was identified across the industry. This significant level of failure is being seen by the retail trade as the biggest  emerging issue in their respective supply chains.

The toolkit was launched in Melbourne on Monday 13 September and Sydney on Wednesday 15 September. Over 200 supply chain practitioners attended each session hearing directly from the retail trade on how this level of non-compliance impacts their business and how suppliers and logistics providers can actively work to deliver improvements.

The toolkit - Getting the Best out of Pallet Labels -provides practical advice for the industry including details on retail receival processes, common pitfalls and how to develop pallet label quality standards within organisations.
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Retail Ready Packaging Toolkit

ECR Australasia 2010.09.24

Since the publication in 2006 of the Retail Ready Packaging – A Focus on Shelf Ready Packaging an Industry Toolkit significant changes (such as global economic slowdown; commodity price increases; focus on sustainability; expansion of discount retail outlets; oil price peaks etc) have taken place in the Australian and New Zealand markets. Responding to these changes with the ability to adapt and develop agile responsive supply chains is increasingly important to food and grocery manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and wholesalers.
Many of these factors have had an indirect impact on the implementation and adoption of Retail Ready Packaging (RRP) solutions into the market. However it is as a result of inadequate in-store execution; a lack of a clear whole of chain business case; and cost complexity that wide spread adoption of RRP has not been evident.  ECRA has updated the guidelines and continues to work with retail and supplier organisations to ensure alignment where possible is achieved.
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Winning in January 2009/2010 Review

ECR Australasia 2010.09.24

The Winning in January 2009/2010 Review report is the culmination of a year long focus on delivering improved product availability in the retail space. The industry report details key results, findings and next steps.  The insights offered by the report should prove useful to your organisation, in discussion with trading partners and lead to a further improvement in January 2011.
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