Editor's Blog

Late Adopters of EDI Are Just In Time to Benefit

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.

VANs Are Well Positioned to Support Logistics

logisticsProcessing the order is just the first step in the getting products to their markets. Some will say that getting the order to the loading dock is the easy part while moving it to its final destination has become increasingly complex. If you’re running in-house EDI systems you already know that it isn’t the truck that is the issue but tracking the order through the chain of events between docks.

No Risk EDI

hacker2EDI is a secure environment. At least that’s the premise that most supply chain professionals work by. And the truth is that for the most part the EDI transaction chain is very secure. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t areas to monitor and steps to take to make certain your assumptions about security are correct… and that your transactions are not going to be compromised.

Survey: Meetings with Your Trading Partners: How can they be improved?

partner meetingIn our increasingly automated and digitized world it’s common for business relationships to thrive for years without having face to face meetings between the retailer and their suppliers. But there are those times when sitting across the table from each other makes sense - and is beneficial. We would like your opinions and experiences about these meetings and how you think they can be made better.

 

Please take our survey (only 3 questions) and let us know what you think.

 

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One of the Top 100

supplychainopzThis week we (ec-bp.com) were advised that our publication has been added to the "SCM Global 100: Best Supply Chain Blogs in the World" by SupplyChainOpz. It turns out that there are in the neighborhood of 1,500 blogs that focus on the supply chain (who knew?) so we're honored to know that we are in the top 100 according to their criteria.

Locally Installed Software Is Dead

Cloud-DividendIf you haven’t noticed yet, there’s less actual software installed on local computers and more being accessed through online connections to remote computers, or at least to remote storage systems. This transition makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons and those of us in the supply chain are likely to be prime beneficiaries of the trend.

Logistics and IT - Made for Each Other

distributed-computingLogistics companies are generally highly distributed. It’s the nature of the business to be in multiple locations, even if some of those locations are mobile or even not directly part of the company. UTi Worldwide is an example of a company that has found a way to expand to 230 locations and still manage its business.

Trends (Not Predictions)

Supply Chain TrendsAre you tired of predictions and resolutions yet? Well I am. The gym is packed with people resolved to be healthier, lose weight, or whatever they think they should be doing there. Fortune tellers have offered their individual takes on what will happen this year (Yes I did too). And some brave ones have even gone back and evaluated how well their predictions did last year. How about some history for a change?

Yet Another Predicticator for this Year

social media iconsAs 2015 begins to roll, it’s time to consider what this year may bring along with it in terms of issues and opportunities along the supply chain. Certainly things will change as they always do, but whether those changes will be good for each of us individually or not will depend on circumstances that will be different for every company.

Suppliers in the Chain

bigarm-littlearmI’ve been looking at an old topic recently - EDI testing. For you who have followed ec-bp.com since its humble beginnings, no doubt you recall our opinions regarding testing and charges associated with them. The issue hasn’t changed much. It seems retailers still need to test the documents they are asking their suppliers to submit, and suppliers keep trying to lower their expenses by trying to avoid testing. At what point do these opposing interests amount to mutual abuse?

Editor's Blog

The ec-bp Editor's Blog is Scott Koegler's forum for communicating with readers of ec-bp.com. If you're involved in managing the supply chain in any way check Scott Koegler's posts for updates on significant events and an ever-evolving commentary on best practices in the supply chain.

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