Summary of information gained from visits to MDCs on 27/11/08 and 28/11/08

On 27/11/08 I was lucky enough to be able to accompany Benito Xaverly, one of Coca-Cola Kwanza’s Area Sales Managers as he visited 7 of the 17 MDCs he looks after. The main purpose of the visits was to agree the month’s sales targets and discuss any issues the MDCs may have. However, I took […]

Another good day but not so visually exciting

Here are the bullet points from today in order of execution: Set up a meeting with PSI Tanzania Got the bike out and re-visited Grace MDC Re-located Lilian MDC and Mwenge South MDCs Got caught in a tropical down pour Bumped into the Prime Minister when trying to get back up to my room with […]

ColaLife Pods – what the frontline thinks

I have written so much about what has happened over the last two days but I have not quite finished or publshed anything yet (it will come). But the video below sums it all up. The context is as follows. Today I went out with Benito Xaverly, one of the Area Sales Manager for Dar […]

ColaLife pods?

Another great day with a bunch of really creative people but more on the meeting in the next blog post. When the meeting finished I was able to arrange to tag along with Adrian Ristow to see more MDCs tomorrow and then I spent the rest of the afternoon preparing for that. And the image […]

Tanzania Diary – Day 1 – 25/11/08

Children at Rene MDC, Dar Es Salaam >>more photos Well, where do I start? I’ve learnt so much in such a short time. Here is a brief run-down of the day. It’s a bit ‘notey’ but I need to get some sleeeep! The programme for the day was an introductory talk which I missed as […]

BBC to cover Tanzania Trip

Jennifer Tracey of the BBC’s iPM team was in touch shortly after it was announced here that Coca-Cola had invited ColaLife to Tanzania. The BBC have been talking to Coca-Cola about the meeting and the possibility of covering it. I spoke with Chris Vallance last week who offered to send me a Flip Video so […]

Any questions?

[image of visa – removed] I’m off! And here’s my visa to prove it. But before I go, please help me out with ideas of what information I should try and gather while I’m there. I got a load of questions from Julian this morning that were really helpful in giving me ideas on who […]

Coca-Cola invites ColaLife to Dar Es Salaam!

Image credit: Rory McCann Following on from last week’s excitment around our application to Google’s Project 10^100 and the associated ColaLife video, there is another significant development. True to his word, Salvatore Gabola of Coca-Cola has invited me to a 2-day stakeholder meeting in Dar Es Salaam on 25-26 November to discuss the findings of […]

Sustainability: building a system with people not for people

Image credit: Tielman Nieuwoudt Here’s the latest from Adrian Ristow who’s been leading the research into Coca-Cola distribution in east Africa: A bit of a gap in communication from me – but my August has been a bit different this year; I had to spend some time back in South Africa on some other work. […]

Local matters – latest from Tanzanzia

Image by Gabi~ Adrian writes: This week has been filled with interesting discussions with more distributors and their employees as we investigate how Coca-Cola can partner better with this group of people in addressing key issues. Having spent some time looking at how things work in Ethiopia, I’m keen to see where there are differences […]