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1. AI Heats Up
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is hot, but as usual we struggle to picture exactly how this technology will help us.Taras Berezowsky checks out a list of the 10 'hottest' AI innovations in an article on ...
Created on 21 March 2017
2. Blockchain and the Supply Chain
The hot technology topic of the year is blockchain. It's a bit complicated to explain, but Taras Berezowsky on the Spend Matters site not only provides a handy primer on the subject but also gives us a ...
Created on 15 March 2017
3. Supply Chain Resolutions for 2017
If you've not yet developed your 2017 New Year's resolutions, fear not: Michael Gravier has produced a great list in a recent Industry Week article.It's a great compilation and, if you succeed with every ...
Created on 13 December 2016
4. Analyzing Procurement Technology
On the Spend Matters site, Jason Busch applies a tool called the 5 Forces Diagram to analyze procurement technology.It's an interesting exercise that helps a user think about a particular company, process, ...
Created on 30 November 2016
5. Combating the Slow Pay Tactic
As a supplier, it's tough enough to meet customer expectations and contract conditions in the best of times. When customers begin to stretch out payments as a cash flow improvement tactic that is now i ...
Created on 06 September 2016
6. What's Being Automated in Supply Chains
Supply Chains are embracing automation, yet some processes are in focus more than others. Kaitlyn McAvoy reviews the data from a recent study and finds that automation of P2P processes was very popular.SRM ...
Created on 27 July 2016
7. ERP Market Hits a Few Snags
ERP vendors are going through a lot of turmoil, with cloud computing, license model changes, and the strong dollar combining to affect year-over-year growth. None of the individual companies really excelled, ...
Created on 11 April 2016
8. What's the Difference: SasS, Cloud, or Hosted
... eal 'installation' or systems installed locally. Short term commitments - subscriptions are generally by the month. Cloud Low cost of entry. Short term contracts based on actual use of the resou ...
Created on 05 April 2016
9. What’s In YOUR Bill?
... now concentrate on data bandwidth rather than talk time. The same kinds of tactics however, are still at play in the EDI service provider world. When your volume exceeds your contracted monthly Kc count ...
Created on 11 January 2016
10. Clouds Defined
... ally. Short term commitments - subscriptions are generally by the month. Cloud Low cost of entry. Short term contracts based on actual use of the resources. Requires little planning with  ...
Created on 29 December 2015
11. Building a Buying Engine
How do you start to build your own guided buying engine? Well, Pierre Mitchell from the Spend Matters group has some good ideas.He provides the basics in a recent article on their site, and the benefits ...
Created on 28 December 2015
12. Profiting Within the Supply Chain
Who has more potential to create value, the hot tech startup of the small supplier who goes after a big contract? Conventional wisdom may say the tech company wins hands down, but the folks at Harvard ...
Created on 26 November 2015
13. What is an XPL?
... mpanies other companies integrating & offering subcontracted logistics and transportation services In the "PL" terminology, it is important to differentiate the 3PL from the: 1PL, which are th ...
Created on 17 November 2015
14. Difference Between Outsourcing and Managed Services
... ugh process standards and a standard operating environment. Managed services can operate either as a “BOCO” (Business-owned, contractor- operated) or “COCO” (contractor-owned, contractor-operated) environm ...
Created on 28 August 2015
15. The Perfect Metric? Take A Closer Look
... changes triggered by imperfect deliveries are often pricey. For suppliers, being less-than-perfect can result in invoice deductions and, in extreme cases, contract cancellations. But consider that ...
Created on 26 August 2015
16. Why VANs are Important to the Transportation/3PL Industry
...  Customs systems are often built by contractors. First off, remember agencies are driven by their contractors. The contractors are in it for themselves, period. If they can talk the agency into somethin ...
Created on 06 August 2015
17. Scorecards vs. Continuous Compliance Monitoring
... developed to provide an efficient method of compliance monitoring. When you contract with a provider of compliance monitoring, the time taken in the initial setup is repaid many times down the line. ...
Created on 20 July 2015
18. Flextronics' Visual Supply Chain
Visual data is always a 'nice to have' in supply chains. Contract manufacturer Flextronics is a big believer, as you can see in the recent article on the Supply Chain Digest site.Their 'Jumbotron' hel ...
Created on 14 July 2015
19. Late Adopters of EDI Are Just In Time to Benefit
... and robust Internet connections, a retailer can establish a contract with an EDI service provider who will provide all the software, connectivity, and setup. This is very different from the days when the ...
Created on 09 July 2015
20. Ariba Continues to Change
One of the highest profile acquisitions in recent memory was SAP's purchase of Ariba. Much water has made its way over the dam since then, and Ariba has continued to reinvent itself to support changes ...
Created on 16 May 2015