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from Plastic People to Environmentalists
from Plastic People to Environmentalists
The war on plastic is well underway, but is the FMCG industry fighting the right battles? We shared our thoughts with Retail World Magazine...
Pollen Recognition
Pollen Recognition
Since establishing the business in 2016, Pollen has gone from strength to strength; most recently winning 'Most Innovative Supply Chain Management' in the Global CEO of Excellence awards 2019 as well as 'Best Professional Services' at the Young Entrepreneur Sydney 2018 awards and being listed as an 'AFR Top 100 Fast Starter' and 'The One To Watch' by Consulting Magazine...
Planet of the Digital Apes
Planet of the Digital Apes
Big data is defined as large sets of data that are analysed using powerful computers and software to reveal insights into the world and is being used in a wide variety of industries. The question is: why aren’t more companies within the FMCG industry utilising this technology? We shared our thoughts with Inside FMCG...
Without change, bust.
Without change, bust.
The evolution of products has been pretty unprecedented over the last couple of decades, yet what has always lagged behind is pretty simply the supply chains and manufacturing facilities that sit behind these businesses... we spoke to Inside FMCG about why we believe it is time to change and how it doesn't have to be complex.
pollen academy – frontline leaders program
pollen academy – frontline leaders program
Pollen Academy teamed up with Operational Expert Ishan Galapathy to launch a "Confident Frontline Leaders" Program. REGISTER HERE to find out more and complete a readiness assessment to receive personalised feedback.
It’s not a revolution – its evolution (networking breakfast event)
It’s not a revolution – its evolution (networking breakfast event)
Join Pollen Consulting Group to discuss factories and supply chains of the future, and the importance of moving people, data, and ROCE into modern times... REGISTER HERE
pollen launches lean training academy
pollen launches lean training academy
Pollen Consulting Group are bridging a gap in the FMCG market by offering industry specific Lean training that offers a guaranteed ROI.
ROCE – FROM AN OPERATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
ROCE – FROM AN OPERATIONAL PERSPECTIVE
What is ROCE? and why is it so important to factories and supply chains? Our director of Pollen Asset Advisory Scott Varker talks in more detail to Inside FMCG...
where is my cream cake?
where is my cream cake?
Why does the UK seem to be so far ahead of Australia in the Fresh Food space? We spoke to Food Manufacturing Magazine about the challenges Australia face when delivering fresh in Supermarkets and how this could be resolved...
Supply Chains of the future
Supply Chains of the future
We believe there is a simple solution for this complex problem. Our Head of Pollen Technology Oliver North talks to Inside FMCG about how businesses can best prepare for Supply Chains of the future...
IF UBER DID SUPPLY CHAINS…
IF UBER DID SUPPLY CHAINS…
Retailers have warehousing strategically placed to consolidate products and ship to their stores, which, generally speaking, is a pretty efficient way of working. Both Woolworths and Coles continue to invest in automation and capacity to service the market, but could – and should – they be doing more? We shared our thoughts with Retail World Magazine...
Pollen Consulting Group named one of Australia’s top entrepreneurial businesses
Pollen Consulting Group named one of Australia’s top entrepreneurial businesses
Since establishing the business in 2016 Pollen has gone from strength to strength, and has nestled itself as a leading player in Australia’s A$7 billion consulting industry.
The factory of the future will have only two employees; a man and a dog
The factory of the future will have only two employees; a man and a dog
"Industry 4.0" is the word of the hour in the manufacturing industry. The way we produce goods today will change drastically and we will see a profound and multifaceted industrial structural change in the near future. Our Director Stephan Mang talks to Inside FMCG about Factories of the Future...
Industry 4.0 is a ruse
Industry 4.0 is a ruse
Industry 4.0 is about to bring significant change. It’s 100 per cent coming. But it’s 100 per cent not complicated. We shared our thoughts with Retail World...
Is your capital investment helping to deliver your business strategy?
Is your capital investment helping to deliver your business strategy?
How do companies meet tomorrows challenges, whilst achieving todays operational goals? We shared our thoughts with Inside FMCG...
Pollen launches Asset Advisory
Pollen launches Asset Advisory
Pollen Consulting Group welcomes new director Scott Varker who will head our new service offering - 'Pollen Asset Advisory'
KeepCup Success Story
KeepCup Success Story
According to our caffeine maths…we calculated that we have saved over 10,000 plastic cups in 2018!!
Price has never been so elastic
Price has never been so elastic
How can technology be used to tackle food wastage and maximise supply chain efficiency in the retail sector? We shared our thoughts with Inside FMCG...
The powerful twin you never had
The powerful twin you never had
Our Head of Pollen Technology; Oliver North, talks about digital twins in the FMCG sector and how they can optimise a business and ensure the journey towards being relevant tomorrow.
THINKING ABOUT COLLABORATION?
THINKING ABOUT COLLABORATION?
How can value chains be transformed through collaboration in the FMCG sector? We shared our thoughts in Retail World Magazine.
Consumer is King
Consumer is King
The final in a series of thought leadership videos taken from our 'Pollenation by the Pool' breakfast event, where our panel of industry experts discuss the importance of consumers and the effect they have on the FMCG industry.
Technology; Hype or Reality?
Technology; Hype or Reality?
The third in a series of thought leadership videos taken from our 'Pollenation by the Pool' breakfast event, where our panel of industry experts discuss if Technology is Hype or Reality?
Collaboration & Co-creation; Our Way Forward
Collaboration & Co-creation; Our Way Forward
In the second video from our 'Pollenation by the Pool' breakfast event, our panel of industry experts discuss how collaboration and co-creation could lead to a better ROI.
Consolidate or die: how to prepare for the Amazonageddon
Consolidate or die: how to prepare for the Amazonageddon
Beyond the big-name players, the Australian food industry is hugely fragmented and in need of consolidation we shared our thoughts in Retail World Magazine.
You can’t put a price on knowing your costs
You can’t put a price on knowing your costs
It’s ironic that despite businesses having clear and quantifiable costs, very few have the detailed information of these costs at their fingertips. We shared our thoughts with Retail World Magazine...
Australia as a test bed for the globe
Australia as a test bed for the globe
Our panel of experts discuss why Australia is the ideal test bed for companies around the world.
EPIC 4-1 WIN AS POLLEN FC ARE ON THE BALL
EPIC 4-1 WIN AS POLLEN FC ARE ON THE BALL
The crowds gathered at Sydney Oval on Tuesday night to watch in anticipation as Pollen FC played Sydney Uni. The resilience, mental strength and immense concentration that Pollen FC showed had Sydney Uni shaking in their little booties.
Meal kit fit
Meal kit fit
To get ahead of the competition, retailers will need to adopt and adjust to new ways of meeting customer needs.
Pollenation by the Pool
Pollenation by the Pool
A Culture of Change.
Beating the Amazonians
Beating the Amazonians
The two biggest challenges to the Australian FMCG industry are the arrival of Amazon and changing customer behaviours - each one fuelling the other. And if the incumbent retailers continue to sit on their hands, new entrants to Australia will be breeding more Amazonians as they go.
It is time to leapfrog the world and put Australia at the front of the pack
It is time to leapfrog the world and put Australia at the front of the pack
It is our vision that together with our clients we can step change the food and beverage sector, moving from a sector that lags to one that leads on innovation across the entire value chain.
A matter of just in time
A matter of just in time
FMCG has much it can learn from the efficiencies and cost savings of vendor-managed inventories.
Sandbox for the globe
Sandbox for the globe
Could Australia be the sandbox for the globe with overseas companies coming here to play and innovate. Oliver North most certainly thinks so it his article publish in the InsideFMCG Towards 2020 report.
Indies need hyper speed to out run the giants
Indies need hyper speed to out run the giants
First published in Retail World, read how our CEO thinks independents can get ahead of the retail giants in their value chains.
A nice slice of pie
A nice slice of pie
Our first of two interns this summer is Timothy Macmillan who joined the Pollen Intern Experience (PIE) for 12 weeks before heading to compete his Doctorate at University.
Open for Collaboration
Open for Collaboration
In a recent interview with Inside FMCG Woolworths chief Brad Banducci said: “We’ve gone from being reactive […] to being much more collaborative and much more forward looking with suppliers”. Woolworths has been working with PFD Fresh to Go and Pollen Consulting Group to harness savings in the end-to-end value chain.
A decade of love & hate for S&OP
A decade of love & hate for S&OP
No matter where you turn, it seems that everyone who is involved in manufacturing has been talking about sales and operations planning, or S&OP for a decade or two. How can you ensure success....
What Aldi can learn
What Aldi can learn
German supermarket chain Aldi is making a push into China leveraging Australian products on an e-commerce platform, aiming to take advantage of the rapid expansion of the Chinese middle class. It was beaten to the gun by Australian supermarket giant Woolworths, which launched an online store there in January, on Tmall Global, the overseas platform of Alibaba Group’s B2C business.
Terminal Velocity
Terminal Velocity
Paying small supplier in 14 days is hardly a game changing commitment. Retailers should take a leap of faith and be focusing on how they can create velocity to reduce stock and in the process free up funds for investment in their end to end supplier chains.
Growth of Private Label
Growth of Private Label
Private label is still significantly under traded compared to other countries. Both retailers and suppliers need to change what they’re doing for private label to be truly firing on all cylinders. In our view, there are three areas which will affect growth: consolidation, considered supply chain integration and improved collaboration.
Following the Brits – with our eyes wide open
Following the Brits – with our eyes wide open
British supermarket giant Tesco announced it is to buy wholesaler Booker for £3.7bn, claiming it will create “the UK’s leading food business”. For years, Australian supermarkets have recruited Brits, closely following the latest trends in from Blighty. So what does the latest move in the UK mean for the Australian industry?
Love thy Neighbour
Love thy Neighbour
We are programmed to find a reason to not like our neighbours, per research we go out of our way not to talk to them! I get the feeling we perhaps take the same approach in our value chains, it is often easier and less hassle if we just meet once a year and agree a price...
It is time to flip the consultancy model on its head
It is time to flip the consultancy model on its head
Management consultancies will tell you they can solve all your problems and probably the worlds’ too…. It is also likely, that whatever area you inquire about, they will have the corresponding experts. Or it will be their methodology they tell you that you cannot live without...
Take a breath
Take a breath
After 10 years of working for the same company it recently became a time for change. For a decade I was focused on moving myself and the business forwards, I very rarely took holidays, I would regularly do a 60-hour week, occasionally forget where I had actually been that week.