About: Supply Chain Committee (the SC leader’s forum) setting priorities for SC development at ECR Baltic shall meet twice a year (the current SC working streams were initially set by the SC Committee).
Deliverables: 3 current active working groups and their extensions on MDM, Pallets and RTIs.
NEW: Meeting on 24th of October from 12:00 - 17:00, Ostas Street 4, Riga (Royal Unibrew premises in Riga). Register by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or +37126546645
On 24th of October is scheduled ECR Baltic members Supply Chain (SC) Committee meeting which gathers SC professionals from FMCG suppliers/manufacturers and Retail in the Baltic States with the aim to set the key improvement and focus areas to cut unnecessary costs and bring efficiencies in Baltic Supply Chains. ECR Baltic SC committee is involved in setting up and dissemination of voluntary Industry recommendations, standards and sharing best practices on non-competitive matters on parity basis between retailers and manufacturers.
The agenda will include the progress reports of ECR subgroups and future projects for
- EUR Pallets (the major open pallets exchange system in Baltics) management and exchange whereas the biggest impact on business is EPAL and UIC pallets organizations split and as from 1st of August 2013 there are two interoperable systems for new EUR pallets of single brand EUR (UIC) and EPAL (EPAL) pallets.
What are the consequences to the EUR pallets user companies and what changes necessary in ECR Baltic EUR Pallets assessment cards, if the new EUR(UIC) and EPAL(EPAL) are exchangeable one to one, if we have to bring changes in our supply agreements?
The ECR Poland already defined their recommendation in this regards described, here!
Another very practical EUR pallets exchange issue to be discussed of the transition and merge of temporary EUR Pallets Assessment cards v.2.1 for Latvian market to the initial Baltic EUR Pallets Assessment cards of v1.0 and solving common understanding issues for pallets quality assessment on senders and recipient side by means of joint trainings or e-learning.
- ECR Baltic RTI standardization initiative (Returnable Transit Items, in other words plastic boxes for dairy, meat, bakery, fruits and vegetables categories). It was recognized that in just dairy category we have 120 different types of RTIs, which shall be managed and sorted thus causing substantial costs pressure on our supply chain. Learn how key dairy and meet manufacturers already uses standardized crates and pooling/renting options to manage their supply chains effectively!
- Master Data Management and Data Synchronization. Standardized and quality master data of products logistic information (product cards) is a key enabler for business automation processes between trading partners and departments/functions within the company. This is also a cornerstone and test for manufacturer-retailer collaboration capability and trust, whereas manufacturer is responsible for accurate and up-to-date product master data publication and retailer for its synchronization. Participants will learn about data synchronization pilots with Rimi Baltic, Prisma, GS1 Members Organizations and suppliers in Baltics of 1WorldSync solution and Edisoft – another GDSN certified data pool provider in Baltics.
ECR Baltic master data management and data synchronization working group deliverables in 2013 are the quality master data management guide and “pilots verified” common product item master data set offer to the community based on Sweden, Finland , Poland and Russian samples.
- Follow up of progress on EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) in Baltic FMCG and Retail.
Introduction of new projects at ECR Baltic for community discussions:
- Joining affordable benchmarking project with ECR Poland and Czech Republic for evaluating companies SC on the 5 key KPIs for instant improvement:
on-time delivery to customers [%],
in-full delivery to customers [%],
level of customer claims (error-free) [%],
stock coverage rate [in days],
accuracy of sales forecast (for 1 month and 3 months) [%].
- As an investment in Baltic SC future: ECR Baltic have joined the steering group with ECR Switzerland for European Collaborative Supply Chain Management handbook. In this regards we would like to ask SC experts from the retailer, manufacturer, distributor and LSP companies together with Tallinn University of Technology academics to review and give authoritative expert comments on its applicability to Baltic markets and find the National discrepancies from European business models.
The handbook is based on already published ECR and GS1 Switzerland 4 publications
1. Merchandise planning models (VMI/BM/CMI)
2. Models of flow of Goods (direct/Cross Docking 1+2/Others)
3. Collaboration with Logistics Service Providers (information flow, responsibilities etc.)
4. In various business models (trading, consignment, concession, commission etc.)
The publications contain instructions for practitioners. The handbook explains major supply chain processes and provides support for project managers in implementing such processes as a “standardised” best practice process throughout Europe which involves agreement on collaborative ECR best practice process models for retailers, suppliers and logistics service providers.
If your company is interested in developing any of the above topics, please be welcome to join ECR Baltic by contacting
Managing Director, ECR Baltic,
Brivibas Street 149, 8.th floor, Riga, LV-1012
M +371 26546645 | F +371 67885461 | E email@example.com | Skype: ecr.baltic