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Turning the Retailer/Vendor Meeting Into a Partnership/Strategic Discussion

cooperation"Both sides would get what they wanted; that has always been our mantra." That sounds like a worthy goal in any relationship. How successful in real-world practice, though, is cultivation of the retailer-supplier pairing?


The EDI Mandate Letter

surprised-man-reading-letterYour worst case scenario is finally happening. You’ve received the dreaded ‘EDI Compliance’ letter from your largest customer. You don’t use EDI now because you're ‘too small’, and even though you signed a contract that said you’d support electronic trading, you never thought the customer would follow through with it. Now what?


The 800 Pound Gorilla

boxTo my surprise, when I arrived home from work the other night a nice brown box was sitting on my porch next to the front door.  It was addressed to me!  When I examined the box more closely, I didn’t recognize the shipper’s name; hence, I opened it with curiosity wondering what was inside.  It was my new watch!  But wait a minute, I didn’t order it on-line from the company on the ship label or packing list; I ordered it on-line from The Watch Company.  It then occurred to me…..I was the victim of the drop ship process!  So of course, this encouraged my mind to run amuck.  What are the pros and cons of this purchasing engagement I just encountered?


Food Safety Modernization Act, and What You Need To Do With ASNs

food-safety-modernization-act-S510It's time for grocers to adopt Advance Ship Notices (ASNs)--but the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2011 isn't the most pressing reason.


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.


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.


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.


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.




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.


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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