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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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On the Line - Sue Abrams

Sue AbramsScott Koegler, editor of ec-bp.com talks with Sue Abrams about her quest to find tools to manage the transition of data between her ERP and GDSN repository.

 

 

 

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On the Line - Debbie Irwin

Debbie IrwinScott Koegler of ec-bp.com talks with Debbie Irwin of Land-O-Lakes about her quest to find tools to manage data about the company's products.

 

 

 

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Analysis of “Accounting for EDI Development Costs” Survey

EDI_cost_surveyec-bp.org recently asked you to provide feedback regarding your view of development costs associated with EDI processes and systems. The results are interesting but not particularly surprising. What is disappointing about the overall results is that the majority of respondents talk about the negative aspects of spending rather than about the potentially enabling technologies they are putting into place.
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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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