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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for the supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of

h part 5  nodes, a strategy that hardly anyone recommends or pursues today (as mentioned in Part 1 ). The downside of owning such assets is getting locked into high costs and capital investments, with potentially inflexible capacity. Even many consumer goods manufacturers have been increasingly shedding their plants. Acting vertical, on the other hand, does not require retailers to own inflexible and costly manufacturing and other supply chain assets —yet it enables them to operate as though they do. This

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A Retail Sourcing Suite Built on Experience


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h part 5  engagement-based experiences discussed in the previous part of this series (please see One Vendor's Quest to Garner a Global Sourcing Ecosystem ) were parlayed into the 2006 launch of Eqos 3.0 and the more recent launch of Eqos 4.0 in May 2007. Eqos's Web-based applications help retailers streamline and scale their sourcing operations by allowing every member in the supply chain—whether located in Boston (US), Pretoria (South Africa), or Beijing (China)—to collaborate online and access the most Read More

Federal Procurement Essentials: Sealed Bidding


Selling to the government can bring new life to contract winners, particularly small and medium businesses. In fact, organizations that understand and leverage federal acquisition methods and processes can grow from scratch to a profitable bottom line, whatever their size.

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h part 5  could denote 480 volts, H could denote 208 volts, and DA could denote120/220 volts. Likewise, the number 5 could stand for 5 horsepower, the number 10 for 10 horsepower, and so on. Similarly, 10A might denote 10 amperes, and 20A , 20 amperes. For colors, blue (the default, let's say) might not require a code, but R could signify red, and G could signify green . Thus, if somebody wanted a blue 480-volt, 5-horsepower, 10-ampere contactor, the person would fax in an order for catalog number B510 . As this Read More

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Global Trade Hits Home at MegaResistCap-Part III: Be Careful What You Ask For


In the first two parts of this series (part I, part II), Jim, director of IT at MegaResistCap, learned that the company’s recently rolled out enterprise resource planning (ERP) system would have to support global trade management (GTM) functionality more quickly than expected. He had sent an e-mail off to his chief information officer (CIO), Mike, suggesting a new project be set up and managed by

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