EDI: Workhorse of the Value Chain — Supply Chain Insights


This research paper by Lora Cecere of Supply Chain Insights, focuses on the following:

  • Objective: To understand and benchmark the use, cost, trends and performance of B2B solutions in order-to-cash and procure-to-pay cycles.

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What is the value of a scorecard?

Lora says “Progress happens when you measure” and we couldn’t agree more. In this blog Lora discovers, through scorecards, that the Supply Chain values the following 3 things as most important in the supply chain:

  1. On-time performance
  2. Accurate shipments
  3. Properly labeled cases

Important Processes

Lora goes in to why things aren’t progressing as quickly as they should and it makes for interesting observations.

Read the full blog at “What is the value of a scorecard?

Research study: Supply Chain Visibility in Business Networks

GTNexus is providing a free research study entitled “Supply Chain Visibility in Business Networks“. Download it by clicking the link. What are they saying?

ERP leads to a 54% visibility performance gap in the supply chain – Company leaders have placed priority on supply chain agility and visibility, yet rank their own performance in these areas as low. Current IT infrastructure and extensive ERP spend are not closing that gap between goal and reality, particularly with external trading partners.

From our perspective we believe SAP offers a very comprehensive solution to Supply Chain visibility in SAP Event Management. It’s just that most SAP customers don’t know that it is there and what it is used for. It is in fact directly aligned with the concept of Supply Chain Event Management dating back to the 1990’s which was put in place specifically to address Supply Chain visibility…


It’s Time to Rebuild the US Supply Chain Network

Frank Russo, CEO, Fabricating.com talks about “Reshoring” the Supply Chain in his Article “It’s Time to Rebuild the US Supply Chain Network” published in IndustryWeek.

Benefits of bringing production to the US include:

  • Shorter, leaner supply chains as production moves closer to the consumer
  • Flexibility to quickly respond to the US customer’s demands
  • Reduce large run production requirements
  • Reduce sizable inventory storage requirements
  • Less disruption in the supply chain
  • Hidden costs reduced or eliminated
  • Intellectual property risks eliminated
  • Improved quality
  • Improved productivity
  • Creation of jobs

To read Frank’s article visit It’s Time to Rebuild the US Supply Chain Network

State of the medical device industry

The medical device industry needs to learn from the failures and the achievements of other industries to bring its supply chains up to date, writes Lora Cecere, founder of Supply Chain Insights. Cecere recommends taking five steps to improve supply chains, such as using customer scorecards and capitalizing on channel data. “We need for supply chain leadership to step up to the plate,” she adds.

Read the full article here: State of the medical device industry.