Blogs (25)'s bloggers are seasoned professionals with years (some with decades) of experience working with EDI. If you have a specific topic you would like addressed, please email us or leave a comment on one of their blog posts. You're sure to get a useful reply.'s Best of 2014

CLM Bestof 14 22014 is almost in the books and it’s been a wild ride! We’ve posted a lot of articles and blogs that we hope have been useful to you this year. As usual, we like to go back and see what piqued your interest so we can find themes and topics to update in the new year. Read more...

SCM Personnel

supply-chain-managementOur recent article on Opportunities in Your Supply Chain listed “Developing Supply Chain Talent” as a major opportunity. The “newest kid on the block” is the SCM Control Tower. I have been collecting personnel requests over the Web from recruiters for folks to staff these towers. All have some sort of job responsibilities, so we can compare responsibilities. Almost a third of these have salary too, which makes it very interesting. Read more...

What's Visibility Mean to You?

Technology4Visibility is a hot supply chain topic. Our writers have cranked out articles on the subject, Buzz posts links to visibility articles every week, and I bet you’ve heard from sales guys and marketers pushing their solutions. But what’s it mean when you really get down to it?

Back in the old days when I led a large EDI/eBusiness team, visibility to us meant the ability to locate and see a transaction from beginning to end. For example, for an outbound document we’d want to see it tracked from the ERP module, through our interface, into our translator, in its interchange on the way to the VAN, at the VAN, and receipt verified from the partner. Read more...

The Practice of Visibility

visibility2We are all becoming more and more aware of what visibility does for supply chain and even more aware of what lack of visibility can do to our supply chain and our costs. In the supply chain world, you are not alone anymore. Can't just hang out in your own organization and run the business like you did over the years. You have partners. You have overseas suppliers. You might have multiple warehouses and numerous logistics providers; And the customer is becoming more demanding too. Read more...

Where Will the Supply Chain Jobs Be?

now-hiringWhen Dickens wrote ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times’, he wasn’t prognosticating about today’s world. Or was he? If you embrace dazzling technology and mind-blowing innovation, times are good. If you abhor change and get uptight reading about how different the world will be in just a few years, your stomach may be in perpetual knots. The velocity of change is quickening, and there’s no reason to think it’ll slow down.


Supply Chain Intelligence: Using Your Visibility To Reduce Supply Chain Costs

Visibility 1If you have followed my writing at all, you already know I am the great advocate of Supply Chain Control Towers. Why, because they provide such great VISIBILITY into the whole supply chain. That easily translates into reduced supply chain costs. Let's see how! Read more...

What is Amazon Supply Doing?

how-to-research-your-competition-pop 8726It must be that time of year. Ever since Amazon began its foray into B2B products, business writers feel obligated to explain every so often how Amazon Supply (AS) will steamroll its new competitors. The latest article, by Clare O’Connor on the Forbes site (see it HERE), doesn’t break much new ground.


Is Big Data Better Data?

Big-Data1As a supply chain professional, you’re probably scratching your head about the whole Big Data thing, that is unless you’re an early adopter and have already reaped its benefits or suffered through start-up issues. I bet you’re questioning how and when you should stick your toe into the water.


The Cycle is Your Friend

Planet-Hype-500x439Gartner’s ‘Hype Cycle’ is a pretty handy little tool. It’s not exactly Moore’s Law, but as far as providing insight into where hot technologies are in the public conversation, it does a great job. If you know where your technology sits on the cycle’s pathway, you can pretty much predict where it’s going, at least from a hype standpoint.


Are We There Yet?

are we there yetI heard a four word phrase today that brought me back some years to travelling with my two sons. We took many road trips as they were growing up. It would take more than two hands to count the number of times I heard them during our travels, “Are we there yet?” Patience, dear sons, patience….we will be there soon enough! But for them, it was never too soon! Read more...

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