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How the Cloud is Transforming Big Data into Better Corporate Analytics and Business Intelligence

bicloudWhile there is broad-based recognition that the ‘Cloud’ is fundamentally impacting how computing power and business applications are delivered and consumed, it is now becoming clear to a growing number of enlightened corporate decision-makers that today’s rapidly evolving Cloud capabilities can also significantly improve their business intelligence (BI) and analytics capabilities as well.

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What is a 7PL?

TrainsPlanesAutySince I wrote my definitions article on 3PL / 4PL / 5PL / 6PL, 4PL has become almost as well known as 3PL; but the terms 5PL and 6PL have not exactly become household words. Now we have: 3PL + 4PL = 7PL. Let's quickly review these definitions:

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VISION 2020: A View of Procurement in 2020

Kinlock ClearVisionA lot of us in the supply chain probably missed this because maybe we regarded it as an advertisement or because a 42-page document is not what we have time for in our busy days. Ariba joined forces with leading procurement practitioners and influencers to begin a dialogue on the future of procurement and to create a road map for how to get there.

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Looking for Drop Ship Enlightenment? Start here.

deliveryAs ecommerce continues its upward growth, more and more merchants are considering and leveraging drop shipping, in which manufacturers or distributors handle and ship orders directly to the end customer. The benefits are clear: there are lower inventory costs and less risk, since retailers don’t have to stockpile inventory that might not sell.

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Drop-Ship - The Ultimate

Kinlock dropship BeCycle01Imagine the bicycle delivery person in the picture pedaling through a “pedestrian zone”. His first stop is a small T-Shirt store. He brings their package inside and gets a signature on his hand-held device. Next, he delivers a smaller package to a teenager in a nearby apartment. Again he gets a signature. You have just seen the tail end of a World-wide “drop ship” scenario that is highly dependent upon COLLABORATION.

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Which of These 5 XML Tactics is Missing From Your E-Commerce?

schema-valid-documentsXML and EDI are two distinct, widely-used technologies with separate and occasionally-complementary uses. Writers in ec-bp.com and elsewhere have already tabulated at length the advantages and disadvantages of each. To the best of my knowledge, though, no one has published an accessible, accurate explanation of XML grammar definition, and how you can use this low-level programming tool to make the most of XML's strengths.

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State of the RFID art: what electronic tracking can do for e-commerce

RFID-chipsRFID (radio-frequency identification) has most often been advertised to retailers as a way to reduce shrinkage, labor costs at point-of-sale (POS) and distribution center (DC), out-of-stock conditions, and inventory. What's the point, though, for commerce between businesses, where so much of the logistics is already digitized and/or outsourced?

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Do We Need VANs?

Old Chevy_VanWith supply chain platforms providing the E to E linkage and Managed File Transfer Services- do VANS still play a role? The pros and cons of VANs, AS2, FTP, Electronic Commerce Communications Providers. We will be evaluating TRANSPORT, not mapping,  Web portals, or other services which could be performed by a VAN as well as by other EDI service providers.

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What is a Social Supply Chain?

kinlock BlackberrySocial supply chain is using "social media technology" all across the entire supply chain : from supplier's suppliers to customer's customers. It means integration of social media technologies (collaboration, sharing) to connect and encompass the participants across the whole supply chain.

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Do You Have the Right Score?

ScorecardUse a search engine, any search engine, and type in Vendor Scorecard or Supplier Scorecard.  The results will include hundreds of hits on the Internet.  What I find a bit surprising, however, is the hundreds of hits result in very little subject matter diversity.  There are vendor scorecard templates, software, samples, developing successful scorecard articles, and some organization specific vendor scorecard criteria.  This was far from my preconceived notion of what would appear in my search results.  Scorecards are very much a part of supply chain practice these days. World class organizations are utilizing them; but it seems very few are discussing them openly.

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