3 Ways To Make Onboarding Suppliers Easier


Build the greatest supplier collaboration system yet, but if your suppliers don’t show up and endorse it, you are nowhere. The answer is three steps to bring the suppliers onboard. Plan, Prioritize and be Proactive: the “Three P’s”.

1. Plan
Yes, planning is the first step before anything else happens? Find out about your suppliers. Break them into two major groups:

B2B Suppliers: Those using a defined EDI format to send and receive data. Suppliers will adapt to a system which uses a format which they already are using instead of developing a format specific to your need.

Online Suppliers: Most important information to get from them is the type and version of browsers they are using. Onboarding of suppliers using supported browsers should occur first. Now work with the remaining suppliers to either change browsers or work with your technical team to add support for…

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There’s Something About Airports…


There’s something about airports that make me want to stay there for hours. I would leave about five hours earlier than my departure time, just so I can have time to enjoy sitting on the waiting room with a cup of coffee and a good book.

People asked me why I loved airports so much. Honestly, I can’t say why.

Maybe it’s because of the various kinds of people I see. Some of them cry when they leave. Some laugh. Some are busy with their phones, with their books, with their children.

Maybe because it’s a time where I can relax. In the airport, the troubles I leave behind and the troubles I am heading towards (if there are any) do not exist.

Maybe it’s because of the anticipation of the trip to come…I know that when they announce that the gate to my flight has been opened, I jump out…

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Iowa Pacific Holdings to operate North Carolina’s Piedmont & Northern line

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has selected Piedmont Railway LLC, a subsidiary of Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC, to operate the state-owned Piedmont & Northern (P&N) railroad line in Gaston County, the department announced yesterday.

The department and Iowa Pacific have agreed in principle on a lease agreement for rail service on the 13-mile corridor, located about 20 lies west of Charlotte. The NCDOT board will consider the agreement for approval May 7.

“We look forward to this opportunity to improve freight service along the railroad to support new and existing economic development and job creation opportunities,” said NCDOT Rail Director Paul Worley in a press release.

Under the agreement, Piedmont Railway will operate, maintain and market freight service on the line. The railroad also will have an opportunity to provide passenger-rail service, such as excursion, tourist, dinner and holiday trains.

“We are genuinely excited by this opportunity, and we are looking forward to working with NCDOT, Gaston County, the Economic Development Commission, and local companies to transition P&N into a vital component of the Gaston County economic landscape,” said Iowa Pacific Holdings President Ed Ellis.

The corridor extends from Mount Holly to Gastonia, which a short branch line that extends toward Belmont. The rail line has interchanges with Norfolk Southern Railway at Gastonia and CSX Transportation at Mount Holly.

Built in 1911, the line was proposed it for abandonment in the 1980s by its owner CSX. NCDOT purchased the P&N right of way and track materials to preserve the route for future purposes. The rail line has been operating under a lease to Patriot Rail since November 2010.


How Walmart Wants You to Deliver Your Packages

In an effort to compete with e-tailers, Walmart is looking at a plan to have their store customers deliver packages to online customers. Currently, Walmart uses express carriers such as FedEx for online deliveries. So how would this (to be “crowd-sourced”) idea work? Walmart shoppers could register to drop off packages to online customers who live along their route back home, in exchange for a discount on the customers’ shopping bill, about the cost of their gas in return for the delivery of packages.

Before implementing the plan, they need to consider things like theft, fraud, licensing and insurance. It might be a year or two and might not initially cover all 4,000+ U.S. Stores. Walmart wants to be more competitive against e-tailers like Amazon.com.

Other delivery options are:

  1. Company owned vehicles operated by company employees.

  2. Contracted third party home deliverers.

  3. Lockers or a desk in a Walmart store.

  4. Pickup at a neighborhood store (not a Walmart) close to customer.

  5. The post office.

Walmart strategy is to leverage its huge investment in stores in the e-fulfillment processes, hoping this will reduce transportation costs and therefore giving it a huge advantage over the store-less Amazon. Sounds like e-tailing might become a larger part of the company’s retail strategy. The dramatic rise in global ecommerce sales (more than 21 percent last year to top $1 trillion) is something the “big box” stores like Walmart cannot ignore. In the North American market, ecommerce accounted for more than $364 billion in sales in 2012. But it comes with a lot of operations and supply chain management issues too.

One of Walmart’s key assets in comparison to online companies is its huge physical storefront infrastructure. But, as ecommerce becomes more popular, that advantage is minimized. Walmart’s strategy must be to capitalize on its physical storefront advantage while also maximizing ecommerce profits. Using this asset, Walmart would be able to make its supply chain more efficient by minimizing the number of shipping end points. Most ecommerce-only operations ship products to centralized warehouses, and then distribute goods to individual customers. Walmart hopes to do is keep its shipping process so that goods are sent only to stores. This keeps their already very efficient store distribution system in place (yet another asset they own).

Both Walmart plans are challenging. The crowdsourcing model (In this case, the crowd would be the thousands of customers that shop in a Walmart store every day. Walmart shoppers who want to be part of the program would tell Walmart where they live. The stores would use mapping technology to see whether there are on-line orders needing delivery that are on or near a given customer’s route back home) trusts customers to safely and quickly deliver goods to strangers instead of just stealing the item. With the locker-based arrangement, Web consumers are right back to where they do not want to be: traveling to a store maybe not close to their home.

No, the post office is not the answer. If it was, UPS and FedEx would not be the giants they are. Even in France, the French post office, La Poste, has been heavily criticised by a consumer watchdog.

In my case, I do not want to go to a “big box” store, I do not want to stay home to accept a package, I do not want to go to the post office and have them tell me that my package is still out with the mailman who left me a note, so Kiala provides an alternative to home delivery (and service return) of parcels. With Kiala, I can pick up my parcel when and where it suits me best! The “relay” concept is great: Kiala relays from the shipper to their warehouse, to their truck, then to a retail location in my neighborhood. In my case, it is a newsstand/FAX/copy center. A Cloud-based platform automates all unique movements of the parcel. I can follow the path of my parcel on the Internet and they sent a text message to my phone when my order is unloaded.

Anyway, for Walmart, almost anything is a lot cheaper than paying workers a livable wage (plus benefits) for the same job.

Don’t Judge Book by its Cover & Kitabı kapağına göre yargılamayın….Inspiring story….




Sultan Murad IV, the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1623-1640, would often anonymously go into the midst of the people and see their state. One evening, he felt an uneasiness in himself and the urge to go out. He called for his head of security and out they went. They came to a busy vicinity, and found a man lying on the ground. The Sultan prodded him but he was dead and the people were going about their own business. Nobody seemed to care about the dead man lying on the ground.

The Sultan called upon the people. They didn’t recognise him and asked him what he wanted. He said,

“Why is this man lying dead on the ground and why does no one seem to care? Where is his family?”

They replied,

“He is so and so, the drunkard and fornicator!”

The Sultan said,

“Is he not from…

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Supply Chain Pros Say Data Loss Is Greatest Risk


Data loss is the greatest concern for supply chain professionals, according to a poll of nearly 500 IT and risk-management professionals conducted by Forrester Research on behalf of BitSight. The results, released earlier this month, indicate that when global supply chain pros work with third-party vendors, 63 percent fear the loss and theft of confidential data more than any other risk.

In a press release, BitSight co-founder and chief technology officer Stephen Boyer said the supply chain has become a cyber-security minefield for the business world.

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