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The 3 Rs of 2020: Musings of a B2B Survivor

Mon, Jan 25, 2021 @ 12:10 PM / by Brian Blood posted in supply chain, B2B, Covid-19, pandemic, corporate social responsibility

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Some will say that 2020 was an absolute dumpster fire, but I say that it was a valuable learning experience. What I saw and learned is companies that lead do so by action, thinking outside the box, and leveraging technology to automate, connect, and transform.  Successful companies didn’t wait for the pandemic to worsen in the spring before they assessed the likely impact, rather they crafted plans to adapt to the coming tide, and flawlessly executed those plans to emerge from round 1 a winner.  Now we’re in the midst of another (and much worse) wave and see that things are going to get worse before they get better.  Are you among the successful companies, now built to withstand this newest onslaught?

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Who Survives to Fight Another Day? And Who Survives to Thrive in a New Way?

Fri, May 01, 2020 @ 08:30 AM / by Brian Blood posted in supply chain, technology, automation, small business, Covid-19

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Photo credit: Olgierd Rudak. The ability for your business to pivot, be flexible and adaptable with your business model, and embrace technology will be keys not only to surviving the current crisis, but for thriving in the future and crisis-proofing your business.

Brick-and-mortar companies whose model is showing-up-to-shop, showing-up-to-eat, or reporting-to-an-office are all being faced with the survival challenge of a lifetime.  Some are adopting hastily-crafted plans for delivery, curb-side pickup or online ecommerce, and then

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SBA Assistance

Tue, Apr 07, 2020 @ 07:37 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, small business, Covid-19

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.  Originally published by and reprinted with permission by our friends at Loren Data.

Loren Data Corp. recognizes that many business are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Federal, State and Local governments are coordinating their responses and more information is available daily.  To that end, we wanted to make available to everyone  financial assistance information and publishings that may apply to your business.

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Walmart for Business Shows B2B Aspirations and Google Builds a Retail Marketplace

Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, amazon, Walmart, B2B

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Photo appears courtesy of Walmart.  This blog was written by Ian Heller, President and COO of Modern Distribution Management and reposted with permission.  Walmart.com has grown very quickly since the company acquired Jet.com in 2014. One of the outcomes was that Marc Lore, Jet.com’s CEO and co-founder, became the CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S. Several other Jet executives remained with Walmart and have generated a great deal of growth for the world’s largest retailer – including a 37% jump in online sales in the first quarter of its current fiscal year. Much of this is coming from Walmart’s third-party marketplace. Just like Amazon, Walmart allows many other companies to sell on its website. 

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The Back to School Supply Chain

Fri, Aug 02, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, Walmart, EDI, back to school, distribution

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Photo appears courtesy of Trending Topics 2019.  It's #flashbackfriday!  Since I just went shopping for my third graders' school supplies, I thought now was a great time to reprint our "back to school" blog.  Enjoy!  Ever wonder how all those school supplies make it into the extremely crowded "back to school" area of Walmart?  The process involves a tightly connected network of buyers, suppliers, EDI providers, teachers and 29 million households.  The "back to school" supply chain probably starts sometime in the spring, when buyers all over the US predict what will be most in demand for the coming school year.  Will the pre-sharpened Ticonderoga pencils be available or not?  Will pencil top erasers be on the supply lists?  And will there be enough glue sticks for the two dozen each parent will be required to buy?  As I walked around Walmart this year, frantically looking for everything on my twins' supply lists, it occurred to me none of these people have any idea what led up to this chaos.

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5 Things Your Boss Wants to Know About Data Integration

Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI integration, data integration, supply chain, ERP integration, wms

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Photo appears courtesy of Martin FischThis blog was written by Jim Gonzalez, an independent EDI consultant for the Aurora EDI Alliance.  I am often asked what the benefit is for Data Integration. Usually, the person asking is someone on a decision making panel who has the least amount of technical experience. Let’s provide some answers that can put your boss at ease and help you look to Data Integration as a positive change for your business.

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Blockchain in the Supply Chain: Starting Blocks for Success

Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, EDI, blockchain, logistics

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Photo appears courtesy of Scott RobinsonThis week's blog was written by Aurora EDI Alliance partner, Karen Blood of GraceBlood LLC. You’ve seen the increasing drumbeat of sensational headlines about supply chain blockchain, for example:

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Comparing ROI for Integrated Electronic Trading

Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data integration, supply chain, EDI ROI, hosted EDI, electronic data interchange, Web EDI, Managed Services, EDI

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MSG Segment Should Not Equal "Fine Print"

Fri, Oct 06, 2017 @ 02:26 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, EDI document, EDI Consultant, EDI

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This week's blog was written by Art Douglas.

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The Back to School Supply Chain

Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, EDI provider, EDI, EDI solution, back to school

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Photo appears courtesy of Lyn Lomasi.  Ever wonder how all those school supplies make it into the extremely crowded "back to school" area of Walmart?  The process involves a tightly connected network of buyers, suppliers, EDI providers, teachers and 29 million households.  The "back to school" supply chain probably starts sometime in the spring, when buyers all over the US predict what will be most in demand for the coming school year.  Will the pre-sharpened Ticonderoga pencils be available or not?  Will pencil top erasers be on the supply lists?  And will there be enough glue sticks for the two dozen each parent will be required to buy?  As I walked around Walmart this year, frantically looking for everything on my twins' supply lists, it occurred to me none of these people have any idea what led up to this chaos.

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