big dataCloud computing and Big Data technologies have created new options for retailers to get their suppliers involved sharing inventory and sales information (POS or Point-Of-Sale) with their vendors. Everyone can get on the same page regarding the business initiative and  bring benefits to both the retailer and to its vendors.

supply-chainGlobal expansion might mean greater profits for international companies, but if their supply chain marketing materials are unorganized or unclear, bottom lines suffer, according to a study to be released soon by InfoTrends, a worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the digital imaging and document solutions industry. The study, entitled The Future of Global Marketing Supply Chain Management, is designed to provide a clear understanding of the current state of and trends impacting the marketing supply chain for companies and the providers who serve it.

future-crystal-ballAbout this time last year, I predicted the hottest topics in the supply chain world for 2014 would be Big Data, robots, drones, same-day delivery, and M2M. Not bad, I’d say! Now, if I could only do as well with my stock market plays, football bets, and the lottery I’d be in much better financial shape.


Those were pretty easy pickings, in retrospect. The topics were all clearly visible on Gartner’s hype cycle by the end of 2013 and there weren’t many negatives out there to impact them.

pharmaThe global pharmaceutical supply chain can now boast its own Top Ten list, ala comedian David Letterman. That’s because following nine months of extensive research on the topic, a report delineating and explaining the industry’s top concerns has been released.

bigarm-littlearmI’ve been looking at an old topic recently - EDI testing. For you who have followed ec-bp.com since its humble beginnings, no doubt you recall our opinions regarding testing and charges associated with them. The issue hasn’t changed much. It seems retailers still need to test the documents they are asking their suppliers to submit, and suppliers keep trying to lower their expenses by trying to avoid testing. At what point do these opposing interests amount to mutual abuse?