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Looking Forward to 2017?

challenge warningThis time of year, you might be of two minds. You’re excited about the upcoming year and the possibilities of new projects, job opportunities, and maybe a vacation to someplace warm. But you've also read articles aplenty about automation affecting supply chain jobs, some segments of the economy are still struggling, we’re always a black swan event away from disaster and, oh yeah, there’s a new president on the way with some very different ideas. Welcome to the new normal!

What's Amazon Up To?

amazon-prime-stock-photo 1280.0I was considering writing an article about which company will be most disruptive to supply chains over the next few years, when lo and behold what pulls into my driveway but an Amazon-branded panel truck delivering a drill I ordered a couple days ago. Is that fate or what? At the very top of my list in the ‘Disrupter Hall of Fame’ would undoubtedly be Amazon, and their recent moves in logistics represent yet another supply chain area that ought to be preparing itself for disruption from this ecommerce giant.

You Are Only As Strong As Your Supply Chain

Chain of supplyIn a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected, supply chain effectiveness is becoming a key success factor for the global economy. Given this reality, the findings of a recent Deloitte survey are rather alarming. The study shows that only 38 percent of supply chain executives are either extremely or very confident that their supply chain organization has the competencies needed today.

Fearless Predictions for 2016

561-futurecrystalballYep, it’s that time of year…. time to reflect on how our predictions for 2015 turned out and to look in our crystal ball to guess what may be the compelling stories of 2016. It’s a tough job but somebody’s gotta do it!

2015 was big for supply chains, electronic commerce, and all the technologies ec-bp.com readers follow. Around this time last year, I wrote that we’d see lots of interest in cloud technology, omnichannel consumers, driverless vehicles, robotics, drones, 3D printing and, most importantly, Big Data and IoT. In retrospect, that was like shooting the proverbial fish in a barrel. We indeed witnessed high levels of activity for all those topics, but allow me to make a few quick observations......

Managing Your Supply Chain

StabilizeEveryone is suggesting what the trends in Supply Chain Management (SCM) are for 2016. Most of the writers agree on a “core” of important trends (sort of like the  “motherhood and apple pie” thing. Then there are even some new ones that pop up too. I am going to bring out as many as I find. Where they are not as common, I will provide a link to more information. Read on and tell me if you agree or disagree.

Fix That Supply Chain With Logistics Updates

Broken-ChainIn reviewing the business elements of a company that interfaces with EDI, I am certain the most difficult to understand is the “Supply Chain”. The most common mistake is thinking that “Supply Chain Management” (SCM) is just another name for “Logistics”.

Data Masons Software Recertifies its EDI Solution for Dynamics AX 2012 R3

Data Masons Software announced today that its Vantage Point EDI solution is now Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, which signifies that the solution has met Microsoft Corp.’s highest standard for partner-developed software. By successfully meeting all certification requirements, Vantage Point can now carry the prestigious Certified for Microsoft Dynamics logo.  Vantage Point remains the only EDI solution that is certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Direct From Source - The Future Of Drop Shipping

drop shippingWe have been following DROP SHIPPING right from the first time we heard the term. We have heard many definitions and at first it sounded great. Then we realized that we still had an expensive distribution center between the factory and the customer. “Drop shipping” seemed like a synonym  for “middle man”. Let's review where we are at, then propose a bold new strategy.

Does The View You Are Seeing Tell The Whole Story

blue skyHmmm! We have a Supply Chain Control Tower, we see EVERYTHING. Yes, we made a list of every element in our supply chain. Now we find that not all the data feeds are  Integrated!!!

IOT Integration and the B2B2X Supply Chain

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.

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