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Pondering the Supply Chain Ecosystem

ECOSYSTEMThis past week I spent visiting my son in Colorado.  On one of our many adventures we hiked to an area in the Rockies that was a uniquely contained ecosystem.  One change to its delicate balance could cause negative impact to its carefully laid out environment.


Business Continuity Plans Must Consider Supply Chain Operations

superstorm-sandyThe recent superstorm, Sandy, and the Nor’easter that followed one week later, are continual reminders that businesses need to build redundancies and create business continuity plans for services and infrastructure. Not only do outages have immediate impact to operations, they also significantly impact supply chains. In fact, a recent study led by global multi-line insurance provider Zurich Insurance Group and conducted by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) found that the leading cause of supply chain disruption is unplanned IT or telecom outages.


What Supply Chain Masters Execute

ciosuperSupply chain “masters” are in the best position to turn rising fuel prices from an inhibitor to an opportunity for change, according to the Accenture report, Past the Tipping Point: Record oil prices require new supply chain strategies to enable future high performance. They masters understand the need to re-evaluate the various components of the supply chain. 


What Can Supply Chain Management Learn From On-Line Video Games

onlinegameOne of the biggest sources of entertainment today is on-line video games. I don't mean the single player or two players type, but the group versions. No, it is not just kids; many adults play too (rather than playing bridge or golf). There is a huge amount of  collaboration and social networking going on too. The Extended Supply Chain has much to learn from them.


What’s in it for the Supplier?

supplier shareIn order for suppliers to be of value to their retailers, they must figure out how to manage customer relationships. Many suppliers have copped a victim mentality over the years and it comes as little surprise that retailers don’t want to deal with that attitude any longer. With products ranging in the hundreds or hundreds of thousands, retailers have come to expect more value add from their suppliers. They need to know which products are performing, underperforming -- or are so hot they can’t stock them fast enough. Read more...

Sharing Data Delivers Success

shared dataThe good news is there’s more and more product data available for suppliers and retailers. The not-so-good news is that sharing that data has become overwhelming as economic conditions continue to be a challenge and industry growth is changing the way data sharing continues to grow.


Explosive innovation

explosive innovationKeeping up with payment system news, even that part of it restricted to North America, is more than a full-time job. So much has happened recently, though, that it's time for a survey of recent highlights:


Social Media and CRM (2)

social mediaSocial media make the customer more powerful than ever. Companies must re-learn how to listen and react. The customer is always right is one of the two ”commandments” of a super market chain in Connecticut. Their second commandment is “see rule number one”.  Anyone who does not take this seriously will not do well on social networking platforms where customers have not only a louder voice, but also can be heard around the World in minutes.


Measuring Supply Chain Sustainability

sustainability-picOne of the mantras of modern management, ‘you can’t manage it if you don’t measure it’, certainly applies to supply chain sustainability. However, sustainability is often a moving target since everyone's supply chain is different. A good way to find some commonality as a basis for understanding the term is to take a look at how businesses measure it.


From the Top - Elliott Grant

Elliott GrantScott Koegler, editor of 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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