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Management (242)

Cash Flow Disaster - How Would You Fix It?

thumb Cash Flow DisasterMy first horror story is about a company much like any other. A mid sized supplier; not at all out of the ordinary. The company had (or at least THOUGHT they had) a great EDI program that they had implemented, and things were going well. They were ahead of the game, using EDI when many other companies hadn't yet taken the leap. At first glance, things seemed to be going well. Customer demand was high, orders were coming in left and right, and shipments were up from the previous year. It was a time of great celebration, especially in such a rough economy. Things were looking good for these folks. Read more...

Tales of Horror - 5 Ways to Kill Your Business

Cecil introduces EDI horror storiesIf you're reading this you already know that EDI is no longer an option, it is an integral part of doing business with your trading partners. Besides that, if it weren't practically required, I would have been out of work a long time ago. Even so, not every participant in the supply chain believes that the days of paper invoices, phone orders, and human interaction to complete daily tasks has been relegated to the 8-track tape days. In the best environments, everything is automated, and computer to computer transmission of information is commonplace. Read more...

Interpersonal Skills and You

OfficePlease hold for a scene from the movie The Office “What would you say ya do here?”

Tom: “Well look, I already told you! I deal with the goddamn customers so the engineers don't have to! I have people skills! I am good at dealing with people! Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?” Read more...

Supply Chain Management Trends

Reverse-the-trendEveryone is suggesting what the trends in Supply Chain Management (SCM) are for 2013. Most of the writers agree on a “core” of important trends (sort of like the  “motherhood and apple pie” thing. Then there are even some new ones that pop up too. I am going to bring out as many as I find. Where they are not as common, I will provide a link to more information. Read on and tell me if you agree or disagree. Read more...

Time for a Yearly Checkup

checkupOnly a couple weeks ago,  as I was looking at my calendar to schedule yet another meeting I realized that it was December! While I have looked at that same calendar a thousand times throughout the year, it never really sank in until that moment how fast 2012 has gone. Being heads down in project after project at work, while balancing getting the kids to every soccer practice and dance lesson on time at home, it becomes very easy to fall into a day to day routine of simply getting the next task done.

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'tis the Season... For Predictions!

In the roughly 10 months I’ve helped my buddy Buzz out with his daily ‘Supply Chain Buzz’ for the EC-BP.com site, I figure I’ve read close to 1000 stories, blogs, and articles on supply chain, ERP, ecommerce, and general management topics. Since this is the time of year that the ‘Big News of 2012’ and ‘Predictions for 2013’ stories abound, I thought I’d put together my own list with a little different spin. It’s more along the lines of ‘Biggest Topics With Staying Power That Have and Will Continue to Affect Supply Chains ‘. Here we go……

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Manage Your Stakeholders & Manage Your Life

stakeholderEveryone reading this is a capable, smart, and skilled project manager, who is proud of managing the key stakeholder in each project with professionalism and finesse.  Do you bring this same care to managing the stakeholder in your personal life? Can you imagine how much smoother things would be if you did? Who are the important stakeholders in the project called “life”? Take a moment to think about that, as this is an important question.

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Benefits or Nuisance: Vendor Compliance

cooperationLast week I attended the New England ECOM Fall conference and during the series of presentations there were a couple of speakers that talked on the topic of Vendor Compliance or Chargeback's assessed by retailers. One covered what their company implemented as a supplier to address and reduce the assessments of retailer chargebacks and the other shared that Compliance or Chargeback's can be a benefit to the supply chain process so I thought that I'd share my viewpoint on the topic; are Vendor Compliance chargebacks a benefit or a nuisance.  

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You Built It. They Came…..Now What?

Field of_dreams_JPEGIf you build it, they will come…..this famous line has many origins - Field of Dreams movie, possible Teddy Roosevelt quote, thought to be a Jewish proverb.  This line is also a gateway into our industry.  When we build it, the transactions will come. 

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The ec-bp.com Song

ec-bp songThe GS1 House Band visited the ec-bp.com booth at GS1 Connect 2012 and sang our old favorite song about ec-bp. Listen close to the lyrics.

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