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Supply Chain Lessons from the Holiday Rush: Things That Make You Say Never Again

Posted by Peter Edlund on Wed, Nov 02, 2016

Monster masks, superhero costumes, and giant candy bags across the aisle from turkeys, Santa hats and candy canes. Right now, this is a common scene in many stores, which often elicits the comment from shoppers, “It starts earlier every year.” But as someone who works in supply chain management, I just smile to myself when I hear these statements, because they have no idea how early it really starts. For anyone working in retail, as you know, planning for the holidays started several months ago - from analyzing customer purchasing behavior to making projections for the hottest products, increasing production on popular items, and incorporating redundancies into transportation networks to ensure on time delivery.

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Topics: supply chain, B2B integration, cloud EDI

4 Supply Chain Trends that Should Be on Your Radar Now

Posted by Peter Edlund on Tue, Oct 18, 2016


Running an efficient supply chain in a market driven by ecommerce and higher customer expectations requires sharing information in real time to speed up transactions, making accurate business decisions, and improving planning to ensure customers have access to the products they want, when they want them. But seamless collaboration between suppliers and retailers is challenging, resulting in higher costs and issues in meeting customer demands.

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Topics: EDI, supply chain, B2B integration

Post Merger Integration: Getting the ROI from the Deal

Posted by Peter Edlund on Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Global mergers & acquisitions reached record levels in 2015. And with more than 21,000 deals announced through the second quarter of this year, M&A continues to play a key role for companies’ growth and expansion. As companies focus on acquisitions that help them extend into new markets, and add customers, products and technologies, due diligence and regulatory approvals are all critically important. But once the deal is done, the biggest challenge often lies in merging two distinct businesses. Post-merger implementation is where the rubber meets the road, particularly within the supply chain.

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A Simple, But Critical Step, In Your Next ERP Project

Posted by Peter Edlund on Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Several years ago, I received a phone call from a frantic CIO.  He had been in his role at a mid-sized retailer a short time, and was at the tail end of a significant Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System implementation. It was a major project, had been underway for many months, and they were just about ready to launch.

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Topics: EDI, B2B integration, ERP integration

How to Support Omni-Channel Without Abandoning Your Accounting Software

Posted by Peter Edlund on Tue, Aug 23, 2016


I’ve spent much of my career working with small business owners.  During that time I have learned a great deal from them about cash management, entrepreneurialism, making difficult choices, and leadership.  I’ve also learned that small business owners can stretch an investment in infrastructure in ways that still amaze me. 

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Topics: B2B integration, Inventory Management, cloud EDI, QuickBooks ERP

The Amazon Effect: When There’s a Spotlight on Compliance, Automation is Key

Posted by Peter Edlund on Wed, Aug 03, 2016

We are all trying to traverse the Amazon jungle…not the famed wilderness in South America but the retail behemoth that has completely transformed the industry.  Amazon sets the bar not only in terms of the variety of products available but also the speed it can deliver those products to the consumer’s front door. Amazon has made product distribution central to its online retail experience and invested heavily in reducing the delivery time of its products. And, because of its size, it has been able to speed up distribution at a fraction of the cost, putting significant pressure on its competitors.

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When It Comes to the Supply Chain, Healthcare Companies Need to Think Like Retailers

Posted by Peter Edlund on Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Healthcare is a complex industry with many moving parts, from the doctors and nurses who provide care, to the orderlies stocking shelves, to the pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers creating products.

Add to that, healthcare reform which is driving massive amounts of change, including the rise of healthcare consumerism, in which patients are becoming more accountable for their cost of care and expect more from the care experience.

The result: a system that’s ripe for supply chain transformation. 

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Topics: B2B integration, cloud EDI

“Brexit” the Brick-and-Mortar-Only Supply Chain Strategy [Free Checklist  to Take Back your Profit Margins]

Posted by Peter Edlund on Tue, Jul 05, 2016

Recently Great Britain voted to leave the EU. The very next morning, Wall Street tumbled 500+ points after the opening bell. The "Brexit effect"  influences more than just Great Britain and the EU. There's a change in the air that's starting to reshape the way you run your supply chain. 

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Topics: B2B integration, omni-channel EDI

5 Proven Steps to Reduce Costs & Increase Revenue with Buyers

Posted by Peter Edlund on Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Suppliers: you want the capability to take on larger orders and more buyers. But how do you scale your business while juggling the tasks of keeping products in stock, and complying with your customers variable business rules? Every year, buyer’s rules become more demanding and the penalties become more severe.

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Topics: EDI, supply chain, B2B integration, supplier, buyers

3 Steps to Making Sure Your Supply Chain Isn’t Leaking Revenue

Posted by Peter Edlund on Mon, May 23, 2016

The goal of any business owner is to grow: grow their client base, their operations, and, subsequently, their profit margins. Leaders of the world’s most successful companies seek both insight into their organization’s supply chain operations and foresight into future trends in EDI and B2B Integration. Before you can improve your supply chain processes, you need a clear picture of how well you’re collaborating with other members of your supply chain.

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Topics: supply chain, B2B integration, EDI integration, B2B managed services, Supply Chain Evaluation, Self Evaluation

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