Smoke Jumpers magazine is the first publication written by, for, and about CPG trade & tech executives. 



In this issue of Smoke Jumpers, we cover various topics that invite you to challenge yourself, your team and your processes. First, we tackle 3 common myths about optimization software. Then, we analyze this year's biggest food trends. And, we walk you through a trade system implementation timeline.

More issue highlights ➥

  •  Better Baselines:  Welch's and Solaris Paper drive growth by stripping out anomalies in their baseline data.
  • Automate Effective Rate: Eliminate the manual effort in calculating the effective rate. Instead, use a consistent, repeatable approach.
  • Meatless Goes Mainstream: Changing consumer habits and motivations are making plant-based proteins a must.



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Past Issues:

Dec. 2019 |  Issue 8 

To succeed in an omnichannel world, CPGs must boldly go everywhere their customers are.

Learn how to eliminate manual effort when calculating the effective rate.

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Sept. 2019 |  Issue 7 

Performance marketing is revolutionizing the way CPG promotions are planned, executed and optimized.

Learn about pricing and collaboration from a retailer's point of view.

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June 2019 |  Issue 6 

How to manage change with TPM systems.

More shoppers are searching for products on Amazon than Google.

One manufacturer uses PEA to cut trade spend without alienating the retail partner.

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March 2019  |  Issue 5

Why Jack Li of Datassential thinks companies need a master of foodservice data.

How Lactalis cut their open deduction balance by two-thirds.

Why it's time to slay your CatMan dragons. 

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Dec. 2018  |  Issue 4

How advanced analytics allowed one manufacturer to correct non-commercial deal profitability. 

Three revenue growth pathways that move your brand beyond retail.

The 8-step deductions management approach that will transform your business. 

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Sept. 2018  |  Issue 3 

Is innovation the final punch for big brands to knock out private label?

Getting in the heads of our Gen Z consumers.

Conagara's six-week sweep - How they implemented dynamic pricing approval in their TPM. 

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June 2018  |  Issue 2

Tackle zero-based trade in 5 easy steps.

How one manufacturer reduced pending dollars by 83%.

Why Steve Pattison, CFO at RSI, thinks synchronizing supply chain and trade management delivers a competitive edge. - & more

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March 2018  |  Issue 1 

Why Smithfield chose not to use SAP's TPM during their HANA implementation.

General Mills controls the cost-value equation with brilliant budgeting.

Is the end cap dead? Digital transformation is changing the classic promotion landscape. - & more

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