EDI technologies are a core component in delivering supply chain efficiency for retailers. EDI providers often work with retailers to get on the “preferred referral list” such that the get recommended by retailers to suppliers looking for an EDI solution. Clearly, the supplier is going to evaluate the recommended EDI provider.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More