cycle-300x300Monitoring vendors for compliance is, obviously, a key to both good business and good business relationships. Relationships between retailers and vendors are, at best, complicated and difficult; at worst, as many buyers have painfully learned, the partnership can become chaotic and nearly impossible.

OpportunityOpportunities abound in the retail industry; it is just a case of searching them out. Solutions and getting help are not the problem. Let's see what pops right out at us: (1) trading partner collaboration; (2) transportation management; (3) pull, don't push (4) drop-ship

optimizationAll suppliers, including the ones who communicate in a clear and timely fashion, and who consistently deliver on time, need to be monitored. Compliance optimization, which includes tracking and identifying performance issues and communicating issues to suppliers, pays off for both parties. When supply chain problems are identified at a detailed level, addressed, and fixed, the retailer-supplier partnership benefits. It becomes more efficient and more profitable.

missing-the-trainEDI is the standard format for order processing and tracking in the retail industry. While every major retailer has adopted its use there are plenty of smaller and midsized retailers who haven’t yet got onboard. Fortunately for these companies it isn’t too late to start.

omnichannel retailAccording to eMarketer, the number of smartphone users worldwide will surpass two billion in 2016. Moreover, the company says not only will tablet users number more than one billion in 2015, it projects that figure will reach 1.48 billion by the year 2018.

phone callsEDI is, by just about any definition, a “mature” information technology. It has a long history, with origins in the planning in the Berlin Airlift, and was used in civilian businesses since as early as 1971, when London’s Heathrow airport started to use it for cargo management.

IOTYou already know that IoT (Internet of Things) is a term that identifies items that have enough intelligence and communication abilities to send messages across the internet. Kevin Ashton supposedly coined the phrase "Internet of Things" while working for Procter & Gamble in 1999.

complexityMany supply chain participants feel their operations are too complex for them to manage. EDI service providers offer “managed services” to address complexity.

efficiencyBritish poet once said, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” However, when a mistake is made involving a multi-million dollar transaction, even a slight error could transform the most forgiving boss into an angry ogre.

fixing-exe-errorsPurchase orders and a cacophony of other documents and forms that comprise your supply chain are the lifeblood of transporting your goods from suppliers to your customers. Fortunately, those documents are relatively simple and straightforward. They usually follow a standardized format and include information that has already been defined and collected. In fact, most retailers create the purchase order sent to a supplier as an EDI document via an automated function completed by the company’s ERP system.