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Managed Services Offset Complexity in the Supply Chain

complexityMany supply chain participants feel their operations are too complex for them to manage. EDI service providers offer “managed services” to address complexity.
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Suppliers Gain from Understanding POS Data

big dataCloud computing and Big Data technologies have created new options for retailers to get their suppliers involved sharing inventory and sales information (POS or Point-Of-Sale) with their vendors. Everyone can get on the same page regarding the business initiative and  bring benefits to both the retailer and to its vendors. Read more...

Report To Reveal Strategic Insights For Marketing Supply Chain Management

supply-chainGlobal expansion might mean greater profits for international companies, but if their supply chain marketing materials are unorganized or unclear, bottom lines suffer, according to a study to be released soon by InfoTrends, a worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. The study, entitled The Future of Global Marketing Supply Chain Management, is designed to provide a clear understanding of the current state of and trends impacting the marketing supply chain for companies and the providers who serve it. Read more...

Top Ten Concerns For Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Analyzed

pharmaThe global pharmaceutical supply chain can now boast its own Top Ten list, ala comedian David Letterman. That’s because following nine months of extensive research on the topic, a report delineating and explaining the industry’s top concerns has been released. Read more...

Supply Chain Predictions for 2015

future-crystal-ballAbout this time last year, I predicted the hottest topics in the supply chain world for 2014 would be Big Data, robots, drones, same-day delivery, and M2M. Not bad, I’d say! Now, if I could only do as well with my stock market plays, football bets, and the lottery I’d be in much better financial shape.


Those were pretty easy pickings, in retrospect. The topics were all clearly visible on Gartner’s hype cycle by the end of 2013 and there weren’t many negatives out there to impact them.

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Suppliers in the Chain

bigarm-littlearmI’ve been looking at an old topic recently - EDI testing. For you who have followed ec-bp.com since its humble beginnings, no doubt you recall our opinions regarding testing and charges associated with them. The issue hasn’t changed much. It seems retailers still need to test the documents they are asking their suppliers to submit, and suppliers keep trying to lower their expenses by trying to avoid testing. At what point do these opposing interests amount to mutual abuse? Read more...

Successful SCM On-Going Disruption Recovery

disruption3Successful supply chain management requires a company to recover from disruptions, which are a normal part of any business. We have recently talked about unexpected and unusual disruptions / mistakes. But normal disruptions can and should be solved by the “operations people”.

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Where's Your Supply Chain's Weakest Link?

weak-linkHow do supply chain technology vendors/VARs go about seeking and finding the weakest link in their clients' supply chain? Some depend on their Ouija board. Others have combed lots of research documents and can tell you to the letter what other companies found to be their weakest links. Others show up at the client's site with heavy-duty partners, meet with top management, view lots of slide shows and go away agreeing with the client where the weakest link is. Some 'radicals' actually take their time and interview with the company employees doing the work. Do you HAVE to use one of these vendors? What's wrong with self-assessment?

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Constructive Disruptiveness In The Supply Chain

malcolm-gladwellMalcolm Gladwell: One Character Trait That Will Make You Disruptive The best-selling author says it's not tech, money, or brainpower. What are the preconditions that make that kind of change possible?" Successful disrupters all tend to have one huge precondition that's far more important: the kinds of attitudes that lie behind provocateurs. He used a powerful story of shipping magnate Malcolm McLean, Gladwell revealed how having the right attitude is critical to effecting great change.

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What do SCM Leaders do in a Crisis?

SUPPLY-CHAIN-FTIt all boils down to: (1) Being familiar with emergency procedures; (2) Having VISIBILITY of the supply chain; and (3) finding the right people, provide continuous training and allow them to learn and develop by rotating their roles in the supply chain. Read more...

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