dashboard1There’s nothing necessarily new about dashboards – software that serves as a control panels for enterprise applications and provides high-level views of a variety of performance and data-intensive information. But what’s clear is their growing importance for supply chain managers.

mobile-appsSeems like today, given the fact just about everyone has a mobile phone (including the four-year-old my daughter played with today; granted it was a hand-me down from the parents, but it still worked!), that supply chain executives would want to access pertinent data away from their desks, while out and about and on the move.

Kim Zablocky of VCF talks about what is required to create the "Perfect Order" at the Fall 2010 VCF Conference.

 

IntegrationThis week I wrote about how VANs have evolved, and in my conversations while researching the article one resounding theme kept surfacing: integration.

GDSNchartOver the past several months there's been a growing interest from Retailers and Grocers that are considering automating the process of the cleansing of their item files and/or the creation and setup of new products. In fact there are several industries that are collaborating in committees, one being the Food Service community. I know that companies like Sysco, US Foodservice, Dot Foods, Food Service of America Foodservice distributors are working toward using GDSN similar to what the Electronics industry did earlier. What's interesting about this to me is that you'd think that having clean data or lack thereof would have been one of the first steps even before sending orders electronically. But interestingly enough there have only been a few companies that have taken this step first.