Welcome to E2open Blogs!, an interactive forum where the E2open community can exchange ideas about the latest trends, technologies, and topics of contention in the supply chain world. Here's where we share relevant news, useful insights, industry best practices, and lessons learned in the field—and we welcome your feedback and participation. Comment, ask questions, make recommendations, and collaborate with us to solve today’s most pressing supply chain challenges.
The winter months—and the holidays, especially—can evoke warm memories of childhood: ice skating, building snowmen, and drinking hot chocolate by the fire. If you were an entrepreneurial youth, perhaps you even ran your own hot chocolate stand. Now just imagine how successful that endeavor would have been if you knew then about the concept of sales and operations (S&OP) planning.
Logistics is a critical piece of the supply chain picture. But it’s just a piece. Having a supply chain control tower focused only on logistics is like having an airport control tower focused only on cargo planes, or just on the blue ones. If you want to avoid (metaphorical) mid-air collisions and rains of fiery death, you need to pay attention to all of the traffic flowing into and out of the airport.
Is your reconciliation process for services invoices a manual, resource intensive pain point? What if you could gather, monitor, and compare information for all service invoices – automatically?
It’s that time of year again - SCM World’s annual Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSCO) Report is out! Always an intriguing read, the 2014 report had one surprising finding that particularly caught my eye.
In my earlier blog post, “Getting Back to Basics on VMI,” I covered the nuts and bolts of what constitutes an optimal customer/supplier relationship. Let's take a look at the three pillars underlying the implementation of a successful long-term VMI strategy, as well as common mistakes to avoid.
In theory, VMI is a win-win for both the customer and supplier. The upside for both parties? An inventory process that becomes a competitive advantage. But how many of us are confident we’re actually doing it right?
Another year, another amazing set of speakers and attendees. It’s hard to believe that the 2014 E2open Leaders Forum, our annual closed-door gathering of E2open customers, partners, and industry thought leaders, has concluded. Each year, we continue to raise the bar for the event, and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
It is a truism among supply chain people that sales and operations planning (S&OP) is a “journey”. Implicit in that notion is the promise of a reward once we get to the end. What does that reward look like and is it in tune with the supply chain reality we live with in 2014?
According to a recent Gartner announcement, IT market dynamics are changing rather quickly. Despite a healthy IT investment climate, competition among vendors and services providers is driving down pricing, especially when it relates to cloud-based offerings. What does this mean for the worldwide supply chain management and procurement software market?
It’s been an exciting couple of weeks at E2open, to say the least. We’re always looking for new ways to address the challenges your business is facing, which is what inspired our big announcement from last month: our acquisition of SERUS Corporation. This is big news, as the combined SERUS and E2open technologies will offer the broadest end-to-end view of your supply chain of any product on the market today.