COVID-19: Recommended Forums and Resources for CPG Supply Chain Practitioners

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt across all walks of life and the FMCG industry is facing one if its biggest tests in recent history. As a result, supply chains, particularly CPG supply chains, are in the spotlight. Huge increases in demand from retailers and the surge in sales online are adding to the already difficult situation.  It is incredible how the industry has been able to rise to the challenge over the past few weeks to ensure the vital supply of products to communities all over the world. Some of our clients have been reporting unprecedented increases in the number of orders they have to fulfil and units sold. For many the demand is far higher than any annual peak and the knock on effects are vibrating end-to-end.

The CPG community is pulling together to tackle these shared problems. To that end, we are compiling a list of forums and information hubs aimed at the supply chain practitioners for CPG suppliers. Read on to find useful information on everything from strategic challenges and learning points, sharing best practices at the operational level and how support staff during this period.  

Forums:

Intent Group

Intent Group’s Covid-19 SC Support Group offers mutual support to Director-level supply chain practitioners from across Europe through the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s free, only open to practitioners and non-commercial. It is a simple way for practitioners to discuss:

  • How to minimise contagion, maintain morale and support staff
  • Monitor the rapidly evolving conditions in different regions
  • Deal with disruption to transportation and warehousing
  • The legal & financial implications
  • Supporting supply chain partners and eventual recovery measures
Simply Supply Chain

Simply Supply Chain’s Virtual Supplier Collaboration Group is a free to join group with the aim of supporting all ambient and chilled suppliers in the grocery supply chain manage the challenges presented by COVID-19 in the UK. With the aim of sharing best practices and discussing shared challenges the group will be partnering with both suppliers and retailers to deliver current thinking on demand planning, consumer behaviour, purchasing patterns plus other key topics. It will include the latest insights, discussions, best practice forums, meetings and webinars via virtual channels.

Resources:

Nielsen

The Nielsen Corporation is a global provider of market research and analysis. They are tracking the impact of COVID-19 and helping companies trying to understand the changes and plan for what comes next.

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Gartner

Gartner’s free COVID-19 resource hub contains a wealth of research and tools aimed at equipping business leaders with the right information from initial response to recovery to maintaining operations, managing workforces and sustaining the organization during the pandemic and beyond.

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IGD

IGD is a research and training charity which sits at the heart of the food and consumer goods industry. Their COVID-19 hub is aimed at the entire food and consumer goods supply chain, from retailers and manufacturers to trade associations. It provides information for you and your business on Coronavirus (COVID-19) including monitoring and analysing global developments.

Go to IGD’s COVID 19 resources page

Go to IGD’s COVID-19 insights page

 

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