SAP’s planned acquisition of Ariba is not only the latest bold move by the software vendor to become a major player in the burgeoning Cloud marketplace, it is also an important market indicator of the next wave of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the supply-chain arena.
As a new e-Retailer or a ‘brick and mortar’ operation needing an on-line presence, you have plenty on your mind as you build your website. The ‘if you build it, they will come’ mentality that drove design activity in the past is now extinct. It’s more like an ‘if I build it, how can I get them to come, keep them on the site, present my products to them in such a way that they’ll want to buy them, and check them out quickly and securely’ paradigm that's now required. In today’s marketplace, you need a lot more than a search box, spec sheet, and item photo.
Just what is software for Supply Chain Management? To answer that, first let's see what makes up SCM. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the combination of art and science that goes into improving the way your company finds the raw components it needs to make a product or service and deliver it to customers.
Spring is now winding down, and I have been admittedly a bit neglectful of my to-do list around the homestead. This February, I had convinced myself to plant a small vegetable garden, make some minor landscaping modifications to the yard, and do some heavy duty de-cluttering inside. With only one month of Spring left, I have only managed to mow the lawn a couple of times and trim a few shrubs. When I woke up this past Saturday morning, I was determined to get at least one of those projects started before the Summer heat of the south was upon me.
A new study by accounting and consulting firm BDO USA looks at concerns tech companies have about their global supply and distribution chains. Supply chains are not to be broken. But there’s plenty of risk that they might, and that risk – or at least concern over that risk – seems to be growing.
In Lean Supply Chain Management and in Virtual Supply Chain Management discussions there are many references to “partnering”. Partnership means much more than just: purchasing parts from a supplier; contracting for services from a vendor; or selling products to a customer. In a partnership, both of you are “teaming” to help each other succeed.
Everyone talks about the customer. They complain about customer service, wonder what their customer is thinking, and worry about customer impact. The funny thing is, a lot of times we eCommerce/EDI professionals don’t even know who our customer is. Because we’re always ‘in the middle’, it’s not always clear.
I scanned the blogosphere and various Web sites for tips on choosing drop shippers and then managing those relationships. I found a lot of good info, and thought you all could use it as well.
I recently wrote about an interview I had with SPS Commerce concerning their Retail Universe℠ online community for trading partners. Subsequently I had a “real world” request from a client to find a 3PL to handle trucking and warehousing in southern Indiana. WOW! A real test for the power of RU!