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Sharing POS Data Can Deliver Benefits to Retailers

pos station2-1Software analytics let retailers track usage, monitor changes, determine reorders and calculate when and how much to reorder, and check inventory levels on an item-by-item basis. Control of inventory begins right at the cash register: the point-of-sale (POS). Now, inventory records are always up-to-date. This allows better decisions about ordering and merchandising.

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Why Connecting EDI and ERP Is Important

edi integrationFor EDI-implemented companies, integrating transaction processing with ERP is the single biggest saver in improving process efficiency and reducing errors. Reaching the ultimate connection means minimizing keystrokes and eliminating duplicate effort through electronic, system-to-system updates of information. Read more...

How ERP, CRM and SCM Fit Together

lean modelWe have recently looked at various Supply Chain models including “Lean” Supply Chain and virtual manufacturing. There are others too; for instance, distributors who purchase everything they sell. We have looked at what kind of software constitutes a Supply Chain system. Read more...

Cloud and EDI – The IT “Bonne Chance”

cloud ediYes, cloud computing is a great “bonne chance” (success) with EDI; We know what EDI is, so what is ”cloud computing”? From Wikipedia:
“Cloud computing is Web-based processing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices (such as smart phones) on demand over the Internet”. WOW! An on-demand, cloud computing model for EDI/B2B, removes the limitations of IT budgets, IT staffing, EDI expertise and EDI systems. It is a pay-as-you-need-it concept. It takes the system from the in-house business and makes it just a hook-up, not another IT project. Read more...

When Supply Chains Merge: Mistakes To Avoid

mergingMost mergers and acquisitions fail to live up to expectations. All too often companies focus on quick-fix cost-cutting opportunities and ignore the long-term, strategic supply chain implications. Following these steps will help you avoid that trap. Read more...

Connecting the World

internet-googleWe know about visibility within the supply chain. The lack of visibility can lead to errors, missed deadlines, and other misshapes that lead to financial loss. But how far that visibility should go is still a topic for discussion. Should the supply chain be continuous from the worksheet that your buyers use to calculate quantities and discounts all the way through to your company's Facebook page? And what information should be available at each point? Read more...

Pulling All Together into 1 and Why Are Things Not Working Properly?

supplyChainPuzzleThis question, asked of Google, got 402,000,000 results. First item on page 1 of I don't know how many pages was “How to Fix a Zipper”. THERE'S OUR ANSWER! KEEP IT SIMPLE. Let's call it the “Zipper Law”. Read more...

Strategic Integration Needs a Plan

hyper connectedWe talk a lot about integration. That is, integration of your supply chain components with your enterprise operations and ERP. I don't believe that anyone thinks this is something that can simply happen because it's the best thing to do. The complexity of each of the processes and components that have already been put in place, and the amount of effort each required just to get them to the point of functionality can bring tears to the eyes of those who struggled through them - or at least cause a twitch of pain. The point is that the first steps were not simple ones. Read more...

Automotive Supply Chain Connections

Automotive-Supply-ChainIn designing Supply Chain Control Towers, we have been heavily concerned with visibility into outsourced and/or offshore finished products suppliers. But the Manufacturing function itself depends on it's own critical parts suppliers. We have to realize that success is more than just assuming Manufacturing's ERP/MRP will handle everything for us. Let's take a look at the automotive industry and what it takes to create an integrated manufacturing process. Read more...

Supply Chain Integration for Automotive Production (

Automotive-Supply-ChainIn designing Supply Chain Control Towers, we have been heavily concerned with visibility into outsourced and/or offshore finished products suppliers. But the Manufacturing function itself depends on it's own critical parts suppliers. We have to realize that success is more than just assuming Manufacturing's ERP/MRP will handle everything for us. Let's take a look at the automotive industry and what it takes to create an integrated manufacturing process. Read more...

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