Management

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Outlier / Event Management - Focus on Outsourcing

outliersWhile “outlier” is normally thought of as a statistical term, it perfectly represents an element of the supply chain that could be (1) physically separate from other elements of the supply chain; (2) culturally different from the rest of the supply chain. “Culturally” might include: language or work methods. Running an outlier tends to cause difficulties to the Supply Chain Management. Let's look at outsourcing as a solution. Read more...

Save Time – And Money – With Electronic Order Processing

saves time moneyThere’s no doubt that the old cliché “time is money” can be overused in business, in the sense that there are certain areas where the maxim just doesn’t apply. But when considering EDI (electronic data interchange) as part of digital operations, the phrase could not be more fitting. Read more...

Avoid Compliance Problems With Better Communications

broken-supply-chainCompliance problems that trigger invoice deductions are often the result of communications problems between suppliers and customers. Suppliers want to reduce margin pressures. They often make small changes to integration processes. And business changes can make initial incentives counterproductive. These (and other issues) are usually unique in their particulars. Read more...

Trends In Healthcare And The Life Sciences And Their Impact On Ecommerce

emr-integrationDespite the cacophony of technology available today, not all industries have embraced or responded to it as steadily as it has proliferated our lives. Healthcare is one of those industries, although now it’s on the fast track.

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Survey: Meetings with Your Trading Partners: How can they be improved?

partner meetingIn our increasingly automated and digitized world it’s common for business relationships to thrive for years without having face to face meetings between the retailer and their suppliers. But there are those times when sitting across the table from each other makes sense - and is beneficial. We would like your opinions and experiences about these meetings and how you think they can be made better.

 

Please take our survey (only 3 questions) and let us know what you think.

 

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Iceland Hot On Electronic Invoicing

map of icelandIn an attempt to cut costs and improve the efficiency of governmental agencies, the government of Iceland recently announced its switch to business-to-government electronic invoicing. Read more...

West Coast Port Strike Could Damage U.S. Economy

Los-Angeles-portWhile the West Coast port strike may shave one percent off the fourth quarter’s GDP when numbers are revealed February 27, the short-term impacts of the work stoppage are easier to measure. Countless goods, such as fresh fruit ready for shipment to Asia and festive décor to celebrate the Chinese New Year, languished in warehouses, docks and cargo ships at 29 ports on the U.S. West Coast, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The reason? A nine-month contract dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents 20,000 workers, and their employers, the Pacific Maritime Association.

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Is Social Media Doing Anything For You?

social-media-strategyIs Social Media all about true interaction between two parties or is it just “tapping keys”? Should the word "social" be changed in Social Media to either "Digital Media" or "Emedia."? We have defined Social Media as "Digital communication between multiple individuals or organizations in an effort to further the personal and professional endeavors of each," Read more...

Locally Installed Software Is Dead

Cloud-DividendIf you haven’t noticed yet, there’s less actual software installed on local computers and more being accessed through online connections to remote computers, or at least to remote storage systems. This transition makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons and those of us in the supply chain are likely to be prime beneficiaries of the trend. Read more...

Life After EDI; Your Skills Recycled

training RecyclingRecently I have been seeing what my almost thirty years of EDI experience has prepared me for. Working with a private corporation that operates with an almost virtual national headquarters, I have been challenged with a wide variety of assignments. The skill that got me into this was a good rapport with the senior manager of the corporation (an LLC). I attribute my acquiring this skill because an EDI person is constantly working with both business managers and technical managers. Read more...

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