Isn’t it time you broke the 80/20 rule?

Applying the 80/20 rule to electronic data exchange is all very well, but why not aim higher? In 1896, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto noted that around 80 per cent of the land in Italy was owned by 20 per cent of the population. He also noted that 20 per cent of the peapods in his…

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A Whole New World: Is Digitalization the Answer?

Just a decade ago, it would have been unthinkable to be able to generate revenue without any assets. Yet, some of the world’s largest companies today do just that; Uber does not own taxis, Airbnb does not own real estate and Facebook does not create content.

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The Five A’s of Supply Chain Visibility

Global supply chains continue to expand and evolve, accelerating the pace of change and resulting in more partners to collaborate with and greater volumes of data to manage. Adherence to tight shipment schedules and stringent customer SLAs are the keys to success in an increasingly competitive marketplace. To ensure the high levels of visibility and…

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Measure EDI Success with the Three Cs

When Kewill announced a deal this week to provide electronic data interchange [EDI] services to Modus Underwriting, a specialist in underwriting household, landlord and commercial insurance products through software houses and brokers in the United Kingdom, two thoughts may have crossed the minds of those not familiar with the UK insurance sector: The first: “They…

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Technology’s Role in Improving the Supply Chain

In today’s supply chain landscape, technology is becoming the key driver of an organization’s success, innovation and competitive edge. Because of this, many companies are investing in transportation management software (TMS) systems, which are gaining prominence as the latest tool for business optimization. Companies today exist in an omni-channel world, where the movement of goods…

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A Blueprint for Supply Chain Execution Convergence

Supply chain execution convergence has really emerged as a trending topic among logistics professionals, yet it remains a concept that’s hard for some to wrap their heads around. So Kewill recently decided to partner with Peerless Media to create a primer that distills this new approach to supply chain management down to its essentials. The…

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Visibility and Its Importance in Supply Chain Execution Convergence

Kewill CMO Evan Puzey spoke at the Gartner Supply Chain Summit in May about Supply Chain Convergence in the enterprise. The following is a high-level recap of his presentation “Successful Supply Chains are Converging around their TMS – is Yours?” Today’s supply chain and procurement managers face more challenges than ever before. Back in May…

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Reaching end-to-end supply chain visibility, Part Two: Collaboration is critical

This is part two of a two-part series on end-to-end supply chain visibility In our last blog post we discussed how cloud technology helps capture, report and leverage important benchmarking data and provides insight into supply chain performance. In this second post, we will delve into one of the most critical recommendations to reach supply…

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Reaching End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility- Part One: In the Cloud

This is part one of a two-part series on end-to-end supply chain visibility Complexity in supply chains is a given in today’s global environment. End-to-end visibility is a “must have” not a “nice to have” in order for organizations to effectively communicate, proactively solve problems and provide the level of service expected from both partner…

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What’s at the Core of Supply Chain Execution Convergence?

Supply chain execution convergence is a topic that has been gaining in popularity, causing shippers to wonder how they can implement it from a technology standpoint and what, if any, ripple effect it will have throughout the enterprise. Last month, I sat down with Adrian Gonzalez of Talking Logistics to discuss what supply chain execution…

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How to Build a Business Case for Cloud-based Supply Chain Execution

In the past, investing in a supply chain execution (SCE) system meant a commitment to an enterprise installation, extensive integration and ongoing IT maintenance. While on-premises deployments of a supply chain execution system may still make sense for a large company with an established IT infrastructure, today’s Cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) based systems deliver a…

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Faster, Cheaper, More Flexible. Benefits of Cloud Extend Supply Chain Wide

Much has been spoken on the benefits of greater collaboration between links in the supply chain, but a significant amount of processing is still done manually, reducing visibility and increasing errors. Everyone knows that automated processing is better – more accurate and ultimately lower in cost – so what stops the global supply chain from making…

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