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Supply chains, retailers, and the elusive ROI.

ROIsearchingRetail Systems Research recently released its Retail Supply Chain 2012: Globalization, Localization, and Cross-Channel, and the findings are pretty interesting. Here’s a snippet.


From the Top - Boyd Evert


Boyd Evert discusses auditing price information for suppliers while attending  VCF Fall Conference.




Christina Robinson - Mastercraft Manufacturing

Christina Robinson of Mastercraft Manufacturing talks with Scott Koegler at the 2011 U Connect conference.




What's New in Procurement?

For those of you who have followed how the procurement function has evolved over the past decade, the article entitled "Rebrand or Remake? ICG Commerce Becomes Procurian, Introduces 'The New Procurement'" on the Spend Matters page should be of interest.


It's Looking Up!

The last few years have been rough on the manufacturing sector. We're finally seeing some positive news, particularly in the automotive industry, traditionally heavy users of EDI and electronic commerce.


Marlow Busts the Myths About Landed Costs

The 1st quarter is now behind us, and as I have suggested over the past several months, companies are indeed looking at productivity efficiencies by adding new partners to their electronic trading program. In addition, they are looking at new types of data from existing partners. Doing this is a great tactic that will move toward the strategy of having visibility and/or controlling costs. However, many are now looking at “what is my true cost and are we charging the correct price to our customer?” Read more...

What is my Supply Chain

supply-chainquestionOver the years we've been discussing automating a Retailer or Grocer's supply chain. To many, this means working with suppliers or vendors that sell finished goods for resale. However there are supply chains within supply chains. So you may be wondering is "What is my supply chain?" Read more...

When is Your Supply Chain Considered Completely Automated?

automatesupplyAs companies continue to look at automating more and more of their suppliers, several have moved beyond the scope of the traditional merchandise purchases. They have found that with different partnerships there are other supply chains to automate. Areas that are being looked at are what some call Expense suppliers which would include Service suppliers, Utility companies, replacement or repair parts and services and some are even looking at automating the process of warranty parts. Read more...

Supporting Personalized and Customized Products

Callaway-Ft-i-Draw-DriverLast January you may have read my article regarding retailers that were traditionally distributing merchandise via Brick and mortar but are now looking at a Vendor Direct model to supply their customers. Many of these retailers appear to have realized the value of what I wrote and as such I have seen higher growth in the number of retailers having customer orders ship directly from suppliers/factories. The value to the retailer is that this allows the retailer to maintain or increase sales without the investment in maintaining inventory levels. Read more...

Supply Chain Automation Advocate or Foe

2010 is now behind us; many had a good holiday season while others, no so much. Regardless, it’s a new calendar year and time to start working on those 2011 projects. For some of you these projects will include the items that I’ve written on over the last 12 months such as –


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