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Down the Aisles - Digitally

aislesRetail drives a big portion of the EDI traffic along the supply chain. Whether it’s online retail or brick and mortar retail, the issues are the same. But let’s face it… sometimes it’s just easier to find the product you’re looking for by using a search engine online rather than wandering aimlessly through the aisles of a big box store. Increasingly, retailers are supplementing the in-store experience with apps on shoppers’ mobile devices. Read more...

Combined Data and Visibility

VisibilityHow many distinct systems make up the supply chain? OK, that’s probably an unfair question, so let’s just talk about the number of systems or software applications that make up the supply chain within a single company. The answer is likely to be more than 1 and could easily be as many as 20. If that’s the case how is it possible to actually achieve what we’ve been calling Visibility? Read more...

Social Media in the Supply Chain

social media checkThe 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, or any other part of the supply chain hope to gain from a Facebook page, a Twitter stream, or even a Google+ account? Read more...

Focus on Functionality

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?

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Clear the Clutter!

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!! Read more...

RFID Improves Efficiencies and Reduces Shrinkage for Retailers

accuracyAdvance shipping notices (ASNs) can drive up efficiencies and accuracies by reducing discrepancies – which experts estimate happen about 30 percent of the time -- between invoices and the orders a retailer receives. That's because ASNs provide the retailer with detailed information on how the goods were packed for shipment, how many items are in the shipment, as well as product descriptions, carrier information, and even order information. ASNs also alert retailers that the goods have been shipped so they are ready to receive them. Read more...

ec-bp and Social Media

social-mediaec-bp has been participating in social media for nearly as long as the platforms have existed... that is, I've been participating in Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google + since each of them became available as beta experiments. Most of the content from ec-bp.com has been posted to these sites under my personal accounts. That's changing.

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Leveraging Analytics To Solve Common Supply Chain Problems

analyticsMost business owners have at least a basic way of collecting data from their companies, and at least some basic form of data analytics. The thing is, many business owners don't know what they should really be doing with that analytical data. A lot of times it is glanced at, and then pushed aside, without really having any effect on business one way or the other. However, there is actually a lot that you, as a retailer, can be doing to leverage those analytics to help you in the day to day running of your business.  Read more...

Leverage Analytics To Solve Common Supply Chain Problems

analyticsBusiness owners have been using analytics to analyze their business data for many years. The real question is, what do we do with that data? Up until recently, there really hasn't been much guidance when it comes to interpreting and utilizing that data to meet your business needs. However, in today's highly competitive supply chain it is more important than ever to know how to utilize those analytics to solve problems in your supply chain. Think about it: If you can't use that analytical data to solve real world problems for your business, what is the point of the analytics in the first place? Read more...

Don’t Overlook the Printer

barcode printerWhen it comes to electronic documents supporting the supply chain, the Advance Ship Notice or 856 is just as important to the order to delivery process as the purchase order itself. While it is a robust document, its main purpose is to communicate back to the buying party what is shipping and when, as well as where it is going.

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