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1. SnapChat of Facebook - Supply Chain Social Media
The end of the supply chain (retail) is probably the only place that makes any sense for any kind of social media activity. At least that's the common belief. What would a supplier, manufacturer, 3PL, ...
Created on 18 April 2016
2. Money for Nothin'
Chances are that if you work in supply chain related area like EDI, you're one or two steps away from the IT budget. That usually means that getting funding for supply chain projects is a competitive battle. ...
Created on 22 August 2014
3. Courier Performance
Courier Services refers to postal and courier activities, such as pickup, transport and delivery of letters and parcels under various arrangements. Local delivery and messenger services are also included. ...
Created on 15 August 2014
4. Delivery Tomorrow - A Silly Concept
Google is pursuing its "Google Shopping Express" service that promises delivery of your order the next day. The goal of quick delivery is one that's been tried before, and is being rolled out by such other ...
Created on 06 August 2014
5. Is Omnichannel Working?
"Amazon is the leader and gaining every day in outpacing traditional businesses because they sell online." At least that's the conventional thinking. And yes, Amazon sales are increasing. But according ...
Created on 01 August 2014
6. 8 Things To Remember When Starting with EDI
Oh my goodness! I'm faced with choosing an EDI solution! Where do I turn? I just don't know any of these companies. It is often a daunting task for many businesses, especially those who have little or ...
Created on 28 July 2014
7. Moving to the Digital World - Still / Yet
It seems odd to talk about companies moving toward the digital world. It isn't that this is a strange topic, but isn't everyone already there? In fact the answer is a resounding 'no' - or at least 'not ...
Created on 24 July 2014
8. Are You a Chief?
CIO, CFO, CEO, CPO, CxO; if you're in posession of one of these titles, you know that being Chief takes a lot of heat. And if you're new to the position or about to assume the role, you may be in for some ...
Created on 14 July 2014
9. How Many Things Will You Connect to the IoT?
The more I read about how smart items are evolving, the more I'm convinced that the supply chain needs to be at the front of the line in devising strategies for dealing with, enabling, and making use of ...
Created on 09 July 2014
10. EDIINT, VANs, But Not SaaS?
One of the most frequently asked questions regarding EDI is about its cost. There's the initial cost of startup and the ongoing cost per transaction. And while startup costs are relatively easy to calculate, ...
Created on 07 July 2014
11. Are We Putting Too Much Trust in Big Data ?
We're constantly seeing new uses for big data. So much so that it's not even necessary to describe what the term means. Is the use of huge amounts of amorphous data making us better at our work, or is ...
Created on 27 June 2014
12. Supply Chain Intelligence: Using Your Visibility To Reduce Supply Chain Costs (Part 2)
If you have followed my writing at all, you already know I am the great advocate of Supply Chain Control Towers. Why, because they provide such great VISIBILITY into the whole supply chain. That easily ...
Created on 25 June 2014
13. Seeing Through the IoT Fog
A new term (at least to me) has emerged that is being used in conjunction with the IoT. We've discussed the Internet of Things a few times and I've even suggested that the technology behind IoT could supplant ...
Created on 16 June 2014
14. Where Is Omni-Channel and Why Isn't It?
What's your definition of "Omni-Channel"? However you define the term it's a fair bet that your definition as a retailer or even as a supplier is very different from how consumers define it. That doesn't ...
Created on 13 June 2014
15. Tags Limit Visibility
The technology that supports the supply chain is pretty amazing stuff. With the multiple combinations of item tagging, sensing, reading, and recording methods it seems strange that there are still gaps ...
Created on 09 June 2014
16. Do We Need A Supply Chain VP/Director Or Just A Supply Chain Manager?
With the growth in scope of Supply Chain Management (and possibly a new Supply Chain Control Tower), we need to re-evaluate if the leader of SCM should be a “manager”; (as is the case in many companies ...
Created on 04 June 2014
17. Visibility Rising to the Top
Supply chain visibility is an interesting topic. At least it's interesting to those who want to talk about it, but possibly not so interesting to those that actually need to do something about implementing ...
Created on 02 June 2014
18. The Cloud IS the Way... Really?
We've been tracking and writing about cloud based systems since the first issue of Of course back then in 2003 we referred to is as SaaS or even just 'online applications.' Since that time the ...
Created on 21 May 2014
19. SCM Control Tower Start-up
We have been gathering a list of issues that need to to be resolved before building a Supply Chain Control Tower: SCM and IT partnership; Visibility; Strategy and expectations; Foundation for the tower; ...
Created on 19 May 2014
20. Where's Your Recovery Plan?
When the norm for computer operations was locating all computing resources within a single location IT concentrated on maintaining frequent and accessible backups to the company data. Copies of the backup ...
Created on 12 May 2014