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The Amazon Effect on Distributors

What-me-worry-715605 We’ve heard much wailing and gnashing of teeth about the potential impact of Amazon’s move into the industrial supply (MRO) business with its Amazon Supply (AS) site. What’s going to happen to all of those poor industrial distributors? Will they go the way of the buggy whip, typewriter, and bookstore, or will they survive the onslaught of the feared Amazon machine? Well, although it’s early and little is known of Amazon’s specific plans for this market, I’d like to offer a couple fearless predictions for your reading pleasure.

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How 3PLs Can Differentiate Themselves in a Crowded Market

logisticstruckGoogle the term “third-party logistics providers” and you’ll get way more than you bargained for – to the tune of thousands upon thousands of links. Estimates on the number of 3PLs – whose services include warehousing, fulfillment and supply chain management to suppliers and manufacturers -- ranges somewhere between 15,000 and 16,000 in North America. So trying to differentiate yourself in such a highly fragmented market is no easy task, to put it mildly.

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Edge Integration: Leveling the Supply Chain IT Playing Field

iStock 000019549761XSmallFor years innovation and integration in supply chain software was limited to the Global 1000. They purchased multi-million dollar ERP and supply chain apps,  drove integration between trading, partners, demanded EDI connectivity, vendor managed inventory (VMI) , etc.. The ability for small and medium businesses to profit from these strategies was limited. It was simply too costly. Smaller companies simply had to react.  However, cloud computing, e-commerce, and edge integration are changing the game in the most profound way.

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From the Top - Elliott Grant

Elliott GrantScott Koegler, editor of ec-bp.com talks with Elliott Grant of Harvestmark at GS1 Connect 2012 about how case and item level tracking works with the fresh produce grocery market.

 

 

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From the Top - Michael Innes

Michael InnesScott Koegler talks with Michael Innes of Kaiser Permanente at GS1 Connect 2012 in Las Vegas. Michael discusses the strategy and issues around implementing EDI specifications for the largest health care provider in the US.

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From the Top - Dennis Harrison

dennis harrisDennis Harrison of GS1 Food Services talks with Scott Koegler at GS1 Connect 2012 in Las Vegas, about initiatives underway to increase food safety and product information for food products destined for restaurants, institutions, and other crate-level delivery users.

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Competing in the AmazonSupply.com Era, a Market Change for Distribution

amazonsupplyThe recent launch of AmazonSupply.com has the world of wholesale distribution asking questions about the new site’s features, functionality, and promotional offers. There are plenty of opinions about the amount of market penetration that Amazon can expect to achieve in a broad marketplace where current category leaders hold only single digit percentages.

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Virtualizing Your Supply Chain

globe-cloudsIt seems that everywhere you turn in the tech world (OK, with the exception of big data, mobile, social networking and the cloud), the talk these days is of server virtualization. As a manufacturer or supplier, this should be on your radar, too.

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Is Your UOM DOA?

measuretapesxLet’s say you’re the customer of a big supplier. You’ve implemented an EDI connection with them, but you’re having a problem reconciling their invoices. It seems the unit of measure (UOM) you send isn’t matching on the invoice. Why?

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Price Transparency – Still an Ecommerce Best Practice

e-commerce-marketingThere are plenty of best practices to implement as companies shore up their ecommerce strategies.

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