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3 Months Until Holiday Season and 3 Points to Consider

crowdIt's hard to believe that the Holiday season is near - or that for those participating in retail, the season is already well underway. Is it too late to think about making this season better? If you haven't already made the infrastructure and system changes you've been contemplating this year then the answer is likely to be Yes! But there may still be a few things you can do at this late date.

Is the New Retail Paradigm "BrickLine"?

bricklineAs long as we're making up words to describe retail strategies, how about 'Brickline' that is the combination of 'brick and mortar' and 'online'. If we look around us, there is a natural migration to the combination of physical stores and online convenience. We've been calling it Omnichannel for a while, but I think it's time for a change in terminology that better describes what retail customers want.

Money for Nothin'

supply budgetChances are that if you work in supply chain related area like EDI, you're one or two steps away from the IT budget. That usually means that getting funding for supply chain projects is a competitive battle. But while you may think that IT holds the keys to the budget, there's probably another avenue you can pursue that can yield increased funding while also gaining support for making your supply chain run more smoothly.

Fixing Your Supply Chain

thumb 5 opportunities Supply chains are inherently complex. They are also every-day systems that require full time attention. OPSrules had put together a highly simplified recap of the top 5 things you can (should?) look at in your supply chain. These represent places to start when thinking about putting fixes in place. 

Delivery Tomorrow - A Silly Concept

googleshoppingexpressGoogle is pursuing its "Google Shopping Express" service that promises delivery of your order the next day. The goal of quick delivery is one that's been tried before, and is being rolled out by such other retailers as Amazon. If you think that the power of next day delivery is an unnecessary and superfluous move, you should think again.

Is Omnichannel Working?

forrester omnichannel2"Amazon is the leader and gaining every day in outpacing traditional businesses because they sell online." At least that's the conventional thinking. And yes, Amazon sales are increasing. But according to L2's Omnichannel Retail 2014 report, brick and mortar retailers are outpacing both Apple and Amazon in terms of e-commerce growth.

Product Safety in Your Supply Chain

CPSCYour supply chain is in great shape. You have visibility with your suppliers and with your customers, and understand where orders are, and when issues arise you can spot the source and track it down. But when your products arrive, are you certain they meet all the safety and regulatory constraints that make them safe to sell? In 2013 alone there were 28 million product recalls. If you were involved with any of them you have a good idea what information you didn't have at your fingertips. Is there a better way to track and manage this sensitive information?

Moving to the Digital World - Still / Yet

altimeter-digitalIt seems odd to talk about companies moving toward the digital world. It isn't that this is a strange topic, but isn't everyone already there? In fact the answer is a resounding 'no' - or at least 'not yet' as reported in Altimeter Group's report "The 2014 State of Digital Transformation." While much of the underpinning work required to make processes and systems digitally functional, most companies are still missing the boat.

Disruption in the Supply Chain

disruption 1For most of us involved in managing the supply chain, disruption is the last thing we want to consider. But many organizations are actually fostering disruptions of their own enterprise with goals to innovate and change the way things are done and the results that are achieved. Disruption caused by innovation can be seen as a progressive way to bring positive if dramatic changes to processes that have been functional for a long time.

Are You a Chief?

cpoCIO, CFO, CEO, CPO, CxO; if you're in posession of one of these titles, you know that being Chief takes a lot of heat. And if you're new to the position or about to assume the role, you may be in for some surprises. 

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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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