Why Activating and Maintaining Integrated EDI Trading Relationships are Difficult

Setting up of integrated trading relationships—“onboarding” in EDI lingo—requires a special brand of diligence and patience. Once implemented, changes that require skilled maintenance are inevitable. Here are some of the factors. Multiple Parties At least two entities, the buyer’s and seller’s EDI departments, must be involved in establishing electronic connections for trade. Often there are […]

The “Where Is It? I Want To Know Now!” Business

Omnichannel marketplaces for B2C commerce continue to drive big changes for B2B suppliers – not just in fulfillment quantities and processes, but also in meeting trade compliance demands. Keeping a competitive edge demands more and faster access to supply chain information. It isn’t just what you know, but when and how you find out. In […]

How Volumes Affect EDI Requirements

EDI users face one of three scenarios: They are experiencing rapid growth—by adding new customers, selling more to existing customers—or both They are growing steadily—minding costs and performance to maximize profitability Or they must manage seasonality, with swings in orders and need to handle high peak demand Rapid Growth Example One of our customers blew […]

Do Try This At Home: Customer Products Featured At Summer Event

Yes, Try This At Home Here are a few of our customers’ great products that we served at RedTail’s summer cookout last week. Thanks to all of them for making such wonderful food, drink, and shelter! Most were available in our local markets; some we ordered online.  

New and Updated Amazon ASN Related Chargebacks

Here is the full text of Amazon’s chargeback update that was sent to suppliers: Dear Amazon Vendor, Important: Please note that the fee structure for the all ASN-related chargebacks will be changing. These chargebacks will move from a flat fee to a % of COGS. Please see the List of chargebacks help topic in Vendor […]

Connected ERP is the Linchpin of B2B Commerce

A company’s threshold isn’t at the office door anymore, it’s at the path to the ERP system. Mid-sized businesses need ERP to be the repository of accurate information about the whole order-to-cash cycle, including sales orders, inventory, shipments, invoices, and payments. Information must get into and out of ERP and shared with related internal and external […]

FMCG/CPG Consumer Trends for 2015

UK firm Brand Genetics recently published the voting patterns of 10,000 consumers in their 2015 Product Innovation of the Year awards. They reveal 9 big trends shaping the future of Fast Moving Consumer Goods/Consumer Packaged Goods (FMCG/CPG) in this interesting slideshare. The brands are in their UK dress, but themes seem international. What do you think? […]