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RFID Tags: (Finally) Coming soon to a distribution center near you

03/28/2014

“Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags may finally be coming to a warehouse loading dock near you,” writes management consultant Howard Coleman in a recent white paper. While RFID has been talked about for a long time, the full potential has not yet been realized. Now, RFID “may represent the next ... Continue reading RFID Tags: (Finally) Coming soon to a distribution center near you »

Seven levels of disaster recovery: Designing a system to meet your needs

02/25/2014

Our recent focus has been on disaster recovery (DR), particularly the level of disruption your business can tolerate and the importance of certifying your disaster recovery system before you need to use it. But what makes a successful DR solution? Infor’s new white paper, “Seven steps to disaster recovery nirvana ... Continue reading Seven levels of disaster recovery: Designing a system to meet your needs »

Everyday examples: What Infor 10x means to distributors

02/13/2014

With the buzz surrounding Infor10x, we’re using everyday examples to explain a few of the Infor 10x-specific features that will transform the business of wholesale distribution. Work as you live The Infor 10x experience is determined to give every distribution user the tools to work as you live. Infor10x builds ... Continue reading Everyday examples: What Infor 10x means to distributors »

The elephant in the room: Is your disaster plan compliant?

02/06/2014

In a previous post, we explained that only 26% of small businesses have a disaster recovery (DR) plan, with 93% of those companies having to execute that plan at least once. But what if you put in hundreds of hours to develop, build, and test a DR plan that wasn’t ... Continue reading The elephant in the room: Is your disaster plan compliant? »

How much disruption can your business tolerate?

01/30/2014

If your business doesn’t have an up-to-date, certified disaster recovery plan, you may be one unforeseen event away from losing it all. You’ve been hearing about disaster recovery (DR) for years, but the statistics are scary. According to a recent Infor white paper, Thinking through the unthinkable: Disaster recovery for ... Continue reading How much disruption can your business tolerate? »

Beat Amazon Supply by building on your strengths

01/17/2014

The topic of competing against e-Commerce giants continues to create a lot of dialogue for wholesale distribution. To help foster a competitive advantage, we wanted to revisit an interesting perspective from a Supply House Times webinar on the response to Amazon Supply. During the session, Certified Management Consultant Dick Friedman, ... Continue reading Beat Amazon Supply by building on your strengths »

How can distribution go head to head with Amazon and Google—and win?

01/14/2014

Speed, cost of delivery, returns, credit, and support are the battlegrounds on which wholesale distribution can fight off the existential challenge they face from Amazon Supply and Google, JamesA. Tompkins told participants in a Dec 12 webinar: Competing with the Big Dogs. A counter-offensive can be defined as an attack ... Continue reading How can distribution go head to head with Amazon and Google—and win? »

Delivery Drones Can’t Match a Smart Distribution Strategy

12/16/2013

There’s a world of difference between talking big and delivering big. That’s a thought that should give distributors some comfort in the wake of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ recent musings about unleashing a fleet of unmanned delivery drones. Bezos chose Sunday, December 1, the midpoint in the U.S. Thanksgiving shopping ... Continue reading Delivery Drones Can’t Match a Smart Distribution Strategy »

When Disaster Strikes Wholesale Distributors

11/18/2013

A major power plant in your city catches fire and goes offline. Your business and thousands of surrounding homes are left without power for three days. Once the business is back online, the entire staff must scramble to figure out the status of shipments, resume communications with suppliers, and set ... Continue reading When Disaster Strikes Wholesale Distributors »

What if 20% of your workforce retired in the next few years. Would you be ready?

10/11/2013

Even though it’s been 20 years, my brain still functions on the school calendar. January 1 doesn’t really do it for me. And fiscal calendar? Forget about it. But September, that’s the beginning of the new year in my book. Fall is about looking at your goals, accelerating projects, buckling ... Continue reading What if 20% of your workforce retired in the next few years. Would you be ready? »





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