Today's Updates http://ec-bp.com/index.php/component/content/?view=featured Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:26:03 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Looking Forward to 2017? http://ec-bp.com/index.php/advisors/ec-bps-bloggers/11844-looking-forward-to-2017 http://ec-bp.com/index.php/advisors/ec-bps-bloggers/11844-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!

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gmm0117@gmail.com (Michael Martz) Featured Blogs Advisors Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:12:39 -0500
Have You Connected the Dots Yet? http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11799-have-you-connected-the-dots-yet http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11799-have-you-connected-the-dots-yet integration-gearLet’s have some fun with math. What EDI translator does your company use? For that matter, what ERP, 3PL, or other service is on your short list? Next, how many trading partners do you have? And finally, what EDI, ERP, and other electronic systems do they use? It doesn’t really matter whether you have the answers to these questions. What you would get even if you use the smallest estimates available is a very large number of permutations. How is it possible then to maintain compatibility and also keep up with the accelerated pace of today’s supply chain?]]> scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Editor's Blog Articles Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 It's Integration Time! http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11772-it-s-integration-time http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11772-it-s-integration-time thumb purchase-order-basicsThe benefits of automating orders, invoices, and ASNs between your company and its customers are well known. Integrated documents are faster, less prone to error, and improve workflow among your people and systems. At this point, it would be rare to find a major retailer or manufacturer who isn’t using electronic documents to run their businesses. Not so rare, though, are small and medium sized businesses (SMB) still pushing paper. It’s about time for SMBs to make their move, isn’t it?

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gmm0117@gmail.com (Michael Martz) Featured Industry Updates Articles Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500
Supply Chain Mayhem - Avoid It http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11789-supply-chain-mayhem-avoid-it http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11789-supply-chain-mayhem-avoid-it holiday shippingIt'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.]]> scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Editor's Blog Articles Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0500 Compliance Clearinghouse Updates http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/87-compliance-clearinghouse-updates http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/87-compliance-clearinghouse-updates RVCFLogo 300x102In cooperation with RVCF, this listing is just a snapshot of the myriad of updates retailers post on a daily basis. One of the many benefits of RVCF membership is access to the RVCF Compliance Clearinghouse, a web based monitoring and alert service providing users both online search capabilities and daily e-mails, outlining retailer compliance guide changes for over 150 of the nation's top retailers as they occur. For more information about RVCF and the Compliance Clearinghouse, visit our website at www.rvcf.com or e-mail info@rvcf.com.]]> vcf@ec-bp.org (RVCF) Featured Industry Updates Articles Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0400 Custom Delivery at Scale http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11771-custom-delivery-at-scale http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11771-custom-delivery-at-scale Mass-CustomizationWhen is a commodity not a commodity? When each individual item is made to order. Not just made for the P.O. but to the specifics of the customer's requests. With traditional supply chain practices it's easy enough to get the order right for the specified number of items in the package. But when that package count is 1, there is literally no margin for error.]]> scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Editor's Blog Articles Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:16:00 -0400 IoT and 3D Printers are Invading the Supply Chain http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11762-iot-and-3d-printers-are-invading-the-supply-chain http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11762-iot-and-3d-printers-are-invading-the-supply-chain IotIt wasn’t long ago that Apple was lauded for its finesse in managing its supply chain. Getting its bazillions of iPhones from China to the US and everywhere else required some groundbreaking advances and a lot of tight controls. Those lessons have gone mainstream as the world took notice and of the company’s strategies and success. And partly because of that expansion, the supply chain now extends to areas as unexpected as social media.]]> scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Editor's Blog Articles Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400 Whitepaper Available for Download http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11749-whitepaper-available-for-download http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11749-whitepaper-available-for-download thumb whitepaperLots of orders?  Connect your back-end accounting systems to all of your EDI trading partners or eCommerce platforms to save yourself time and make your customers even happier. ]]> scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Industry Updates Articles Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:40:21 -0400 Don’t Drive Without a Dashboard http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11740-don-t-drive-without-a-dashboard http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11740-don-t-drive-without-a-dashboard dashboard-businessSupply chain processes throw off a lot of data. If you’re a successful supplier who fulfills a significant number of orders then you understand that the detail of the transactions generated by orders, shipments, receipts, and all the miscellaneous transactions associated with every order is just too much to be able to read through, much less make sense of. But every part of your operation from your suppliers to your customers demand some kind of accountability, and it’s your responsibility to know of any problems or even potential problems long before everyone else. But with all the data flowing through your systems, is it even possible to separate the standard data from the trouble signals?]]> scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Editor's Blog Articles Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:08:34 -0400 Unmanned Delivery Options are Changing the Supply Chain http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11731-unmanned-delivery-options-are-changing-the-supply-chain http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11731-unmanned-delivery-options-are-changing-the-supply-chain minibotThe US Postal Service is handling more commercial shipments than ever. Traditional carriers like UPS and FedEx are seemingly on every street every day. Getting packaged delivered to the increasing number of customers who make purchases without actually showing up at a store is a world wide phenomenon and one in which cost is an important factor.]]> scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Editor's Blog Articles Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:34:58 -0400 DSD and Tracking Data http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11722-dsd-and-tracking-data http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/editors-blog/11722-dsd-and-tracking-data dsdDirect Store Delivery (DSD) is not new but the speed of commerce is having an impact on just how DSD is working… or not working. The old normal pace of delivery just doesn’t cut it any more when store shelves are stocked to the ‘just right’ levels and the costs of delivery continue to increase. For DSD to continue to be the best way to get product to retailers, the technology needs to replace clipboards.]]> scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Editor's Blog Articles Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:30:10 -0400 White Paper Available - ERP Integration http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11713-white-paper-available-erp-integration http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11713-white-paper-available-erp-integration Lots of orders?  If you are inputting these yourself, one by one, from your eCommerce platform or EDI trading partner into your accounting package or ERP – there is an low cost, easy fix.  The answer is accounting integration. ]]> scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Industry Updates Articles Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:34:04 -0400 Case Study: eBridge http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11704-case-study-ebridge http://ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/11704-case-study-ebridge

One of our happy customers is a top Tax Service Company.  We helped them connect their MS Dynamics GP ERP to several EDI trading partners.

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scott@koegler.net (Scott Koegler) Featured Industry Updates Articles Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:55:55 -0400