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I 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.Read more...
Changing long-term processes is never an easy thing to do but it’s especially challenging when you’re talking about how item labeling is done in Asia. Right now, for example, when the internet is down, workers take a “sneaker net” approach to getting purchase orders out: Someone plugs a USB drive into a computer, copies the information then walks down the hall and plugs it into another computer to remove the file and then brings it back to the packer, explains Chris Beukenkamp, managing director, Asia, for SPS Commerce. “We have the internet everywhere but you’re lucky if a factory has a single internet connection -- and that’s usually on a manager’s desk. It definitely won’t be on the factory floor where they’re doing packing and shipping.”Read more...
This 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.Read more...
The 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.Read more...
Supply 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.Read more...
One 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.Read more...
The 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.Read more...