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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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CLOUD and SaaS for Supply Chain

CloudSaaSChart-thumbWe know that EDI does not operate in a vacuum, but instead “ties into” other systems at both the sending and receiving ends. We now know that EDI can run in a Cloud. Being that I have experience in manufacturing, I drew a chart to depict what a “traditional” manufacturing flow chart looks like when we interject “cloud” technology.

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2012 Model for Supply Chain Management (SCM)

suggestionI am developing what I expect the “model year 2012” SCM system should encompass. In a Supply Chain Management system, EDI and ERP are  intrinsically tied together. Therefore, I am planning  to evaluate the SCM SYSTEM, not just the EDI module or the ERP module. Shown below are the selection criteria I would want to be fulfilled. Right now this evaluation is kind of skimpy: sort of need to add to add more salami between the bread. Based on your comments, I may add, subtract or modify these requirements. 

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Does the Supply Chain Department Need the IT Department?

NOI have been involved with “Cloud-based” thinking over the past several months, plus I have seen the level of IT expertise among the (younger) workers in Supply Chain organizations. This has led me to a really radical thought: does the Supply Chain Business need the IT Department?

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Keeping Up With SKUs

skuOur largest client has well over twenty-five million sku-store combinations. They manage all those sku’s sales tracking and demand planning with a small team of about 10 people. Read more...

From the Top - CargoSmart

This From the Top interview is with CargoSmart's Joe O'Brien Joe O’Brien, managing director of CargoSmart North America.

 

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Mark Shapiro of Gladson and GS1/US Certification [Video]

Mark Shapiro talks with Scott Koegler at U Connect 2010 about Gladson's recent GS1/US certification as the first  Data Quality Solution Partner, and what the certification means to Gladson, its customers, and trading partners in general.

 

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From the Top - Matt Gersper of CiGDM

mattgersperScott Koegler talks with Matt Gersper of CiGDM at the recent VCF conference, about global trade, tariffs, and how companies can maximize their trading relationships by better understanding the duties and fees associated with international commerce.

 

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From the Top - Steve Smith - GCommerce

GCOMLogoLast week I spoke with Steve Smith, President and CEO of GCommerce, about their approach to streamlining the procurement process for the company's customers. Read more...

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