panicOh 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 no experience with EDI. Many companies become familiar with the technology only after being informed by a major trading partner of the need to be EDI compliant. Here are a few key points to consider when choosing an EDI solution:

Choices Direction ArrowsIn April, 2013, Mike Martz wrote about "Omni-Channel". It is all about the way we will be buying as a consumer. He sent an alert to eCommerce and the supply chain that it will have a BIG effect. To me, it sounded like a revolution was coming! I decided to learn more.

many catalogs pagesIt goes without saying: Ecommerce has changed everything, from the way we shop to the way retailers stock their in-store and virtual shelves. Consider the endless aisles, with a multitude of product choices and varying price points, and showrooming, the practice involves consumers trying out products at stores and then searching for better deals using mobile commerce.

thumb What is a VANVAN (Value Added Network) has history but no formal defining document. It isn't part of the X12 and isn't anywhere required. There is a lack of an existing generally accepted definition of what a VAN is. We will tie this in with the notion that they exist for the purpose of promoting and enabling transfer of data between trading partners, but that they are not a requirement of the process or infrastructure.

shuttered-warehouseRetailers are shuttering their own warehouse operations in favor of third-party logistics providers. Even grocery chains are turning to third parties; Kroger and Ahold USA are just a few examples of the growing number of grocers handing over operations to 3PLs, according to MWPVL International, a specialized supply chain, logistics and distribution consulting firm.

cloudAs a supply chain or ecommerce professional, I’m sure you’re weary of hearing about “the cloud”, “big data”, “virtualization”, “mobile apps”, and a bunch of other recent tech buzzwords. Once the hype dissolves over time, they’ll just vanish like a puff of smoke and the IT guys will stop talking about them in the cafeteria, won’t they?

CargoCap Kreuzung transparent 460CargoCap is the fifth transportation alternative to the conventional systems of road, rail, air and water. It is a safe and economical way to carry goods quickly and on time in congested urban areas by underground transportation pipelines.

office clutterThey have shows on it. Thousands of professionals are hired every year for the sole purpose to get rid of it. Most people hate it, but find a hard time getting rid of it. What am I talking about? Clutter!!

currencyOver the last couple months we have been discussing uncovering the actualized financial benefit of an EDI program to the bottom line of an organization. In our webinar held on May 15, we discussed the subject in depth, and shared the spreadsheet model that I have developed in order to answer this question. In order to supplement that webinar, I would also like to review the various pieces of the model and how you could use it for future analysis.

big problemI like to listen to people, read group discussions, read expert opinions and make lists. So, from numerous sources, I made an unranked list of what LOTS of people regard as their biggest SCM problems. Then I searched out an expert opinion on what are the biggest SCM problems. The one I liked best was "Top Supply Chain Challenges" from the Supply Chain Council (the SCOR people). Next, I slotted the opinions of the workers in the trenches into the five categories from the Supply Chain Council. I could be wrong, see if you agree!!!