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BOTS - An Open Source EDI Tool

botsWant to answer the age-old (well, maybe not age-old… perhaps just decades-old) question of where in the organization does EDI belong?  Try BOTS… the open-source EDI solution.  Here’s my take on it.

Transportation Control Towers

international supply chainWe have been talking a lot about Supply Chain Management Control Towers. Yes, transportation (usually under logistics) is included in the control tower. In many companies, transportation is outsourced to a 3PL, 4PL or 5PL provider. This provider is an expert at hooking your company up to any required transportation resources. Your provider already has some excellent tools available. A popular concept since the 1990's has been the "Load Control Center" (LCC). We are looking at outsourcing, but yes, excellent software is available if you do it yourself.

Sensors

internet-of-thingsRecently, Mike Martz introduced us to the Internet of Things (IoT). This is what happens when you combine cloud technology, wireless networks, standardized communications protocols, RFID, worldwide IP networks, Big Data, miniaturized sensors, and cheap storage and computing power. Let's drill down on SENSORS!

Evolving the E Document is Getting Complex

tres stumpI’m witnessing more organizations embracing the core transactions of electronic orders and invoices. The vast majority utilizes cXML and EDI; however, there are also organizations using their industry devised code to transact. Regardless though, the “E” is present and on the move!

TOUR DE FRANCE: and You Thought You Knew Logistics!

cargo bikeThe most famous bicycle race of all is celebrating it's 100th Anniversary in 2013. It is much more complex than just a race: it includes an advertising caravan (parade) and a tent carnival. But there is a tremendous effort behind the scenes to make it all happen. From a logistics standpoint, it ranks up there with an army fighting a war or a circus traveling around the country.

Connecting Everything

adafruit 67A few months back, we slogged through predictions for trends that would affect businesses in 2013. Many or most of them have already impacted us, particularly those related to mobile technology and the cloud. But the most powerful of all didn't appear on many lists and seems to be getting traction in the business and technology press a bit ahead of the hype curve. 

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?

Logistics Trends

shiptrackingAnnual revenues of U.S.-based 3PL providers are $60 billion, and the good news is that figure is projected to grow, as 3PL providers increase their service offerings. The next logical step from there is for them to improve customer service. As technology continues to rapidly change, 3PLs “must focus on management and relationship processes, global offerings, comprehensive solutions for the entire supply chain and information technology,’’ says Pamela Gabor, group manager, Logistics Sales, at SPS Commerce.

What's Omni-Channel Mean to Me?

thumb Cart-and-SmartPhone-580x360One ‘hot’ phrase that won’t go away any time soon is ‘omni-channel’. Why should it? It’s in the process of changing the way you shop and buy as a consumer, and if you’re involved in eCommerce or the supply chain, it’s having a big effect on your work as well.

Check Out the Latest in Social Media

feature-social-changesIn the last several months, there have been many significant changes in Social Media. Shown below is a summary of these changes and the impact they are having on the whole Internet and all of our lives.

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