Jul 20, 2014

Top 10 ways Google Enterprise could transform manufacturing

Manufacturing Software
3 min
Google applications could transform manufacturing.
Creating and Customizing a Supply Chain Management System Creating a comprehensive supply chain management system often cost...

Creating and Customizing a Supply Chain Management System

Creating a comprehensive supply chain management system often costs millions of dollars in development and can take a considerable amount of time to build.  Combining Google Cloud Dataflow with current Google products and recent APIs could create a series of web services that could streamline the most complex functions of supply chain management.

Tracking Quotes and Product Configuration Models in Real-Time

By combining Google’s enterprise-level security features and the new version of Google Cloud Save, manufacturers would be able to conveniently track all quotes and product configuration models in real-time.   Google Cloud Save includes APIs for saving, retrieving and synchronizing data across devices.  This would eliminate the difficult task of keeping pricing and product models synchronized across multiple members of a sales team.

Utilizing Mobile Applications to Streamline Sales and Service

Using Google’s current products alongside those announced at the recent Google I/O could create Android-based applications capable of providing contextual customer and prospect intelligence in real-time.  This would be especially useful for customer and field service departments.

Enlisting Google Glass to Provide Guidance

Though costly initially, using Google Glass to deliver accurate, 3-D work instructions and provide real-time guidance on complex, configure-to-order and engineer-to-order products is possible with the current arsenal of Google products. 

Creating ECO Web Services

The Cloud Dataflow APIs are well suited for solving the kinds of problems that ECOs represent in complex manufacturers.  Creating an ECO Web Service on Google AppEngine using the Cloud Dataflow APIs could be deployed on any device, any time, and greatly reduce the number of ECOs a typical manufacturer has to deal with.

Combining Forces to Turn MQLs into SQLs

Most manufacturers struggle with getting marketing qualified leads (MQLs) transitioned to Sales Qualified Leads (SQLs).  Using the combination of Google Drive for Work, Cloud Dataflow, and third party marketing automation applications, solving that challenge could become easier.

Performing Analytics Across Multiple Channels

The announcements made at Google I/O could be orchestrated together to create a real-time analytics-reporting platform across manufacturing selling networks.  Using Cloud Dataflow to manage customer, distributor, reseller and selling data using ETL, batch and streaming analytics, manufacturers would be able to better manage in-channel inventories, pricing, and services.

Breaking Away From ERP Systems

APIs in Google Cloud Dataflow could be used to de-silo systems, get more value from existing data and eventually break away from expensive and often ineffective legacy ERP systems.  This is an area where enterprise startups could succeed, as legacy ERP systems are often slowing manufacturers down more often than helping them along.

Making MRO Data More Usable in PLM Systems

With so much valuable data captured in MRO systems, the APIs announced at Google I/O are well suited for integrating MRO transaction data into PLM systems.  One of the most important lessons of the keynote is how the Cloud Dataflow APIs combined with Google AppEngine could be used for capturing large volumes of service and product performance data, bringing greater clarity to PLM reporting and strategies.

Managing New Product Launches

Getting quickly beyond the constraints of Partner Relationship Management (PRM) and channel management systems to provide real-time analytics that lead to better channel decisions could be obtained with the series of new products launched at Google I/O.  

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Mar 14, 2019

Top 10 Fast-Moving Consumer Goods companies

Catherine Sturman
5 min
FMCG companies
10. L’Oréal

10. L’Oréal

Founded in 1919 in France, L’Oréal has grown into a multinational brand with over 82,000 employees, becoming one of the most internationally recognised FMCG companies worldwide.

Registering 498 patents in 2017, the business is focused on innovation and developing strong relationships with suppliers and partners. 100% of its strategically important suppliers will also take part in its sustainable development programme in 2020.

9. Phillip Morris

Despite various campaigns, over a billion people are set to smoke in 2025. Multinational FMCG company, Philip Morris remains a leading tobacco company, expanding its footprint into more than 180 key markets.

With 81,000 employees covering 80 languages in total, the company houses a comprehensive, agricultural supply chain; sourcing 400,000 metric tonnes of tobacco each year in partnership with 350,000+ tobacco farmers. The company has also sought to embrace the manufacture of electronic devices for heated tobacco products and ecigarettes.

8. JBS

Launched in the 1950s, global Brazilian food industry leader JBS is now home to 300 production facilities with over 10 billion-dollar brands under its umbrella., such as Seara, Swift, Friboi, Doriana, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s, Primo and more.

Serving more than 300,000 customers, it is the world’s largest company in the beef sector, with over 235,000 employees. Its Legal Supplier Programme has enabled beef suppliers to adapt to Brazil’s environmental legislation, whilst the Green Light Pact initiative has seen cattle breeding centres in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil improve their production practices.

7.  Coca Cola

Coca-Cola’s wide-ranging distribution network, strong portfolio and exceptional marketing capabilities have made it one of the most iconic FMCG companies in the world.

Available in over 200 countries, its products are supplied through one of the world’s largest beverage distribution networks, where suppliers must adhere to its Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGP) and Supplier Engagement Program.

Adopting SmartLabel technology across its manufacturing operations, the business is also leading the way in the identification, implementation and sharing of best practices. Each product now houses a QR code, providing complete transparency. The company is also looking to reduce the emissions from its production processes, where 42% of energy used at its sites is sourced from renewable energy sources.

6. AB InBev

Originally established by combining three big companies: Interbrew, Ambev and Anheuser-Busch, Belgian-Brazilian beverage company AB InBev is officially the world’s largest beverage business.

Selling over 500 beer brands, such as Budweiser, Corona, Leffe and Quilmes in more than 100 countries, the company is acutely aware of its need to frequently adapt and enhance its distribution network.


Partnering with nearly 50,000 farmers, the business is committed to sustainable sourcing, where its flagship platform, SmartBarley has utilised data analytics to support more than 5,000 enrolled farmers improve their productivity and environmental performance. AI and blockchain will also support its manufacturing capabilities.

5. Unilever

Housing some of the most recognisable everyday brands, Unilever’s aggressive acquisition strategy and strong brand presence has seen it become a household name across 190 countries worldwide. Its R&D centres have sought to fully bolster its manufacturing operations and vast distribution network, where the business has maintained its zero non-hazardous waste-to- landfill agenda since 2017.

Additionally, a number of its initiatives have provided employment opportunities to those in rural areas. Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) has enabled half of the company’s agricultural raw materials, such as palm oil to become sustainably sourced. Not only that, 26 sustainable living brands are now situated under the company’s umbrella.

4. PepsiCo

The main rival to Coca-Cola, PepsiCo’s beverages, as well as its food products continue to grow in popularity and demand.

Harnessing significant brand awareness, the Fortune 500 company is one of the most admired companies in the world. Its six global divisions form part of its aim to transform its products which are delivered through its extensive distribution network to meet the ever-evolving needs of customers.

3. Procter & Gamble

Following from its acquisition of personal care company Gillette in 2005, Procter & Gamble has become one the largest FMCG companies, with operations in up to 70 countries.

Providing a range of personal and consumer health products to five billion customers, the company’s recent plans to acquire the consumer health division of Merck Group, as well as implementing a new simplified management structure will form part of its 2020 vision.

2. Johnson & Johnson

A firm family favourite, Johnson & Johnson remains one of the most influential FMCG companies. With products in three categories, Consumer Healthcare, Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals, the business has grown at a considerate pace, with up to 250 subsidiaries under its umbrella.

The company’s complex, global distribution network and diverse supplier base has seen the business embrace new technologies across its network, as it continues to thrive in its role in delivering quality products and services at affordable prices for consumers.

1. Nestle AG

Undertaking a number of corporate acquisitions, Swiss food and beverage company, Nestle has become the largest in the world, with more than 2000 brands available in 189 countries.

Home to the world’s largest private food and nutrition research organisation, the company invested US$1.7bn in its research capabilities in 2017 alone, supporting its 30 R&D facilities worldwide. Its recent partnership with Starbucks will see the business bolster its complex distribution network.

Additionally, in alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals, Nestle is striving for zero environmental impact across its operations. Providing clear labels across its manufacturing lines, the company provides nutritional knowledge as well as supporting local farmers who provide high quality ingredients within its sustainable sourcing efforts.

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