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eInvoicing: The Upside Down Cloud Application

einvoicesIt’s hard enough keeping track of EDI messages, standards, deadlines and systems requirements for different countries’ tax authority. And requirements change quickly, so if you’re a growing company, the cost of supporting those requirements gets expensive. The challenge with e-invoicing is that traditional technology approaches have not worked to streamline what is an inter-company process, according to industry observers.


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:


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.


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.


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.


Offensive Retail Strategies for 2012

tiger fierce_faceAs companies look at 2012 they continue to see that Retail is becoming more competitive. There are now new ways to sell such as expansion of websites, opening new stores, some are looking at "Marketplace" programs and others are participating in "Flash-buy" initiatives to gain the customer loyalty.  For those considering these, are in the process of implementing them, or are new to what these methods are all about, this article may be of some interest to you.

Invest All That Holiday Cash Before It Gets Away

holidayprofitsWith the holiday season comfortably behind them, many retailers are now looking ahead to building out their infrastructure as they prepare for next year. As e-commerce becomes a more prevalent way to purchase goods, e-tailers are increasingly depending on their distributors for help with Dropship, or having the items sent directly from a distribution center. “They are getting that in their heads that they should start utilizing the vendors’ ability to distribute and get the branding experience in place,’’ says Scott Bolduc, Senior Supply Chain Strategist at SPS Commerce.


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 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.


Required Attire for a Remote Workforce

remoteworkersEver wonder how your telecommuting colleagues really live? Turns out, many of them actually do work in their pajamas. They also tend to love their work-life balance – to the point where they’d take a pay cut to maintain the status quo. This is a “must read” for both remote workers and for their office-bound managers.


Do We Need VANs?

Old Chevy_VanWith supply chain platforms providing the E to E linkage and Managed File Transfer Services- do VANS still play a role? The pros and cons of VANs, AS2, FTP, Electronic Commerce Communications Providers. We will be evaluating TRANSPORT, not mapping,  Web portals, or other services which could be performed by a VAN as well as by other EDI service providers.


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