pos station2-1Software analytics let retailers track usage, monitor changes, determine reorders and calculate when and how much to reorder, and check inventory levels on an item-by-item basis. Control of inventory begins right at the cash register: the point-of-sale (POS). Now, inventory records are always up-to-date. This allows better decisions about ordering and merchandising.

edi integrationFor EDI-implemented companies, integrating transaction processing with ERP is the single biggest saver in improving process efficiency and reducing errors. Reaching the ultimate connection means minimizing keystrokes and eliminating duplicate effort through electronic, system-to-system updates of information.

cloud ediYes, cloud computing is a great “bonne chance” (success) with EDI; We know what EDI is, so what is ”cloud computing”? From Wikipedia:
“Cloud computing is Web-based processing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices (such as smart phones) on demand over the Internet”. WOW! An on-demand, cloud computing model for EDI/B2B, removes the limitations of IT budgets, IT staffing, EDI expertise and EDI systems. It is a pay-as-you-need-it concept. It takes the system from the in-house business and makes it just a hook-up, not another IT project.

lean modelWe have recently looked at various Supply Chain models including “Lean” Supply Chain and virtual manufacturing. There are others too; for instance, distributors who purchase everything they sell. We have looked at what kind of software constitutes a Supply Chain system.

mergingMost mergers and acquisitions fail to live up to expectations. All too often companies focus on quick-fix cost-cutting opportunities and ignore the long-term, strategic supply chain implications. Following these steps will help you avoid that trap.