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1. Reverse logistics will trash your inventory plans
It’s the 4th quarter of the year when retailers are finalizing their stock in anticipation of the holiday season. Historical trends set the stage for quantities, locations, and pricing but a major shift ...
Created on 12 September 2017
2. Whither the Supplier Catalog?
Jason Busch and Pierre Mitchell of Spend Matters are duking it out on the topic of catalog use in procurement. In 2 recent posts on the site, we learn the pro and con arguments as well as alternatives ...
Created on 19 September 2016
3. Catalogs in the eCommerce Age
Those of us who have dealt with supplier catalogs in the age of ecommerce probably have an immediate answer to Jason Busch's question about whether to kill them completely.However, they have their place ...
Created on 06 September 2016
4. Take Advantage of Supply Chain Big Data
...  It seems obvious that knowing more detailed information about where and when products are purchased could deliver insights that could lead to better decisions about manufacturing, shipping, pricing, and ...
Created on 27 June 2016
5. Logistics Changes Ahead
The pace of change in the fulfillment arena continues to speed ahead. Parcel carriers that provide delivery services for the bulk of ecommerce purchases are changing their pricing models, and their largest ...
Created on 19 May 2016
6. What's Amazon Up To?
... experience side, Amazon has created tools such as one-click checkout, wish lists, recommendations, dynamic pricing, etc.   These are but a few of the innovations Amazon has pulled off to achieve their ...
Created on 17 February 2016
7. What’s In YOUR Bill?
... service providers have combined to reduce the overall costs of transferring order transactions between trading partners. But has transfer pricing bottomed out yet? Of course you can’t really know if ...
Created on 11 January 2016
8. Late Adopters of EDI Are Just In Time to Benefit
... in-stock positions. A complete set of EDI documents processed in timely fashion can eliminate questions about shipments, quantities, destinations, and pricing. This kind of ‘supply chain visibility’ eliminates ...
Created on 09 July 2015
9. Save Time – And Money – With Electronic Order Processing
... The first is by shrinking the amount of time it takes to process each order – the process that includes receiving the order, making sure the product and pricing are accurate, and recording the data in ...
Created on 19 May 2015
10. Enjoy Big Gains By Involving Your Smaller Vendors In Your EDI Process
... enough to justify the investment in EDI technologies. But, in situations when the costs are simply too much for a small vendor to justify the investment, a transaction-based pricing model might make the ...
Created on 18 May 2015
11. Amazon's New Pricing for AWS
Cloud services has become a big business, led by the Amazon Web Services offering. As expected, other big players have jumped in, notably Google.Amazon has proposed a new pricing scheme that looks attractive ...
Created on 08 December 2014
12. Will Omnichannel Transform Pricing?
... ly by walking the aisles and counting, and computerized inventory planning - much less EDI ordering - didn't exist. Pricing was based on local demand and local competition. As we collectively move our pric ...
Created on 03 November 2014
13. Omnichannel Inventory Changes
Optimizing inventory for an individual channel is a real challenge, especially in the apparel industry. When you layer on the demands of the omnichannel consumers, it increase complexity immensely.On the ...
Created on 27 October 2014
14. Opportunities In Your Supply Chain
... n Complexity: low-volume, high-variability, low margin products Identifying numerous and subsequent pricing changes and pruning of cost absorbing products of the supply chain.  Long tail analysis  ...
Created on 25 August 2014
15. What is Amazon Supply Doing?
... can do is speculate about their strategy. We know the size of the market, how fragmented it is,’s size, how they typically approach new developments, their usual pricing strategy, and the Amazon ...
Created on 14 May 2014
16. Manufacturing Numbers are Looking Up
Things are looking up for manufacturing, according to the latest numbers from the ISM. All categories aren't rosy, but it looks good enough to give us some hope for the future.The numbers don't lie. Check ...
Created on 12 May 2014
17. ECSP's, the 3rd Type of EDI Customer
... ve catalog which enables customers to share the latest product information including pricing, images and marketing content, to all of their trading partners. A complete product catalog management solution  ...
Created on 02 December 2013
18. Omnichannel - A Mindset and a Challenge
... licking the button displays a list of local stores with distance, stock status, and pricing. One store has the "Price match" logo so that I know that the price I found online will be matched at the store ...
Created on 26 November 2013
19. Transportation Control Towers
... s include: better pricing from centralized transportation sourcing development of standardized operating procedures fewer planners than in several separate operations ability to combine more shipmen ...
Created on 05 September 2013
20. A P2P Primer
The procurement portion of the supply chain can be confusing, especially when the discussion turns to systems and technology.In a very welcome post, Jason Busch of Spend Matters comes through with a great ...
Created on 19 August 2013