Cecil's Updates

Cecil on the Dock of the Bay

Do you remember CommerceOne, Ariba, and viaLink?  They all had proprietary eCommerce systems created during fits of brilliance funded by "unbridled exuberance."  I think the venture cap companies are getting ants in their pants, and itching for the old days.

Cecil here- Somehow I just can't keep away from Cincinnati

I was thinking of a comment I overheard while at the UConnect conference.  There was a fair amount of confusion among participants and speakers when referring to the new company... the combination of UCCnet and Transora, or GS1 US.  The transition is so new that employees and constituents of the individual companies were still referring to their respective company names.  Fortunately everyone understood and it was generally an occasion for a chuckle.

Cecil's Changing Scenery

Earlier this week I was traveling up the East Coast from the Carolinas to New England (Cape Cod to be specific).  The logical route to travel was I-95, which can be heaven or hell depending on the time of day and the region you're traveling through.  But I'm always amazed at how quickly the landscape changes over just a few miles.

Cecil and Katrina

I listened to the analysis of what the expected 20 foot storm surge would do to the New Orleans' levies.  I wondered just how much testing the engineers had done to make sure they would hold back the 12 foot surges they were built for.  Then it occurred to me how futile all that testing and planning would likely prove to be over the next few days.

Introducing Cecil

Speaking of regressive tactics... I got another email forwarded to me from one of Brookshire Grocery Company's suppliers outlining Brookshire's new EDI testing fees.  In my experience, testing fees are counterproductive and the process usually ends up delaying implementation. Besides, charging each supplier $150 for the "right" to accept purchase orders and send invoices is silly.  Of course, if you have a captive audience of 1,000 suppliers and an opportunity to bring in an extra $150 grand, you might bend to the temptation too, but I know you're stronger than that.

Introducing Cecil

Speaking of regressive tactics... I got another email forwarded to me from one of Brookshire Grocery Company's suppliers outlining Brookshire's new EDI testing fees.  In my experience, testing fees are counterproductive and the process usually ends up delaying implementation. Besides, charging each supplier $150 for the "right" to accept purchase orders and send invoices is silly.  Of course, if you have a captive audience of 1,000 suppliers and an opportunity to bring in an extra $150 grand, you might bend to the temptation too, but I know you're stronger than that.

Cecil in Cinci

At the next table, enjoying their "4-ways," I overheard two locals  discussing an online job posting, and wondering if it would affect their own jobs. The recruiting ad was from Computer Sciences Corporation, looking for programmer analysts that "Will provide production support, break fix, and enhancements for all EDI for Kroger. "

Who's in charge here?

I was on my way back from the VCF conference this week.  My planning could have been better since I spent all that time on my way to Chicago and had to turn around and get back to New Jersey for the conference.

The man sitting next to me on the plane from NJ told me this story... another example of un-openness in our little world.

Can't we all just get along?

Not only did I have to get on a plane to get back to New Jersey for the VCF Conference (which I wouldn't miss for the world)... but my plane was delayed for 4 hours, leaving me to sit and think about the state of our industry.  I get a bit sensitive about questionable practices that I see in my travels. 

Cecil at UConnect

I was struck by several aspects of the event, and most of them actually made me happy... for a change.  Most of you said the sessions were informative, and some even called them "entertaining."  With nearly 100 sessions I wasn't able to get your comments on each of them, but I did see people as they came out of them actively discussing the sessions they had attended.  I'm generally more impressed with sessions that get us talking than those that leave us with just a smile.

Cecil's Updates

Cecil T. Wulfe is a long time supply chain industry fixture. He has consulted (and insulted) many companies on how to best use their resources to get the most of their supply chain infrastructure. Cecil pulls no punches in calling out those companies that misuse their authority and their data.

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