Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. How Automated Scanning Can Improve The Customer Experience In High Volume Retailing
    6/30/2014

    If you are a fan of almost any sports team you have experienced periods where “your” team performed below expectations. Despite state-of-the-art training, new facilities, the best coaching, recruitment of top level talent, even new uniforms, the team makes rookie mistakes, doesn’t work together, and loses games they should be winning. In almost every case you can expect the coach to respond by saying something along the theme of, “We need to get back to fundamentals and do the little things that made us successful in the past.”

  2. Changes In The Air For Channel Incentive Programs; Resellers Stand To Gain
    6/20/2014

    Last month, I hosted a webinar during which I talked about parago’s recent survey of channel marketers. One thing our research pointed out was their desire to grow beyond pure sales incentives, and start including the behaviors that support sales. But they also told us they’re having difficulty figuring out exactly how to do that.

  3. Channel Sales Vendor/Partner Relationships: What Vendors Want
    6/17/2014

    When a vendor is recruiting you, be aware of and prepared for the specific characteristics they want in a partner. Does your company fit the profile the vendor is looking for?

  4. Top 6 Features Of Tablets For Delivery/Service
    6/16/2014

    According to a report from VDC Research, mobile workers account for nearly one-third of today’s workforce, surpassing over one billion in 2013. For these workers, mobile solutions are vital tools to stay connected to data, to each other, and to customers.

  5. The Biggest Impact Of The Internet Of Things On VARs
    6/4/2014

    First, understand that your business is under attack from competition that until recently was not even on your radar.

  6. How To Take A Data-Centric View Of BYOD Security
    6/3/2014

    BYOD (bring your own device) requires different ways of addressing data security. Ryan Kalember of WatchDox gives advice — and some warnings — about BYOD policies and potential vulnerabilities.

  7. Brand Says Everything About Your Business
    5/29/2014

    Branding is a great differentiator, but there are conflicting schools of thought regarding how to go about it. Some VARs and MSPs (managed services providers) market their alliances and status with top-tier vendors. Other assemble IT bundles, solutions, or services that they rebrand and resell for an upcharge. And a small, but growing number of channel partners brand on the business value they deliver to their customers.

  8. A Must-Read: "Blue Ocean Strategy"
    5/27/2014

    As IT service providers, we are used to competition coming at us from all sides, but it doesn’t mean we have to like it.  For years I’ve searched for inspiring ways to stand out from the crowd.  Then I read Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Rene Maurbogne (published by Harvard Business Review Press, 2005). It hit me like a lightning bolt. It was grounded in fact, quantitatively analyzed, well substantiated — and it validated the path on which we already were on.

  9. 3 Wristband Printer Applications That Ensure Accuracy, Streamline Processes
    5/21/2014

    When it comes to tracking physical assets, nothing matches the accuracy, simplicity and cost-effectiveness of bar coding. The same holds true for tracking customers — whether they are patients in a hospital setting, attendees at an event, or inmates in a prison.

  10. 6 Factors To Consider Before Refreshing A Direct Store Delivery Deployment
    5/21/2014

    Technology advancements for the Direct Store Delivery (DSD) environment have outpaced both the industry’s need for those advancements and its ability to quickly adopt these new technologies. Today’s DSD environment is well past its fourth generation of technology, and the original return on investment (ROI) for automation occurred in the 1970s. While times have changed, the DSD use case still requires the customer be served in the same manner they were more than 40 years ago — consequently, the ROI for new technology investments may not be obvious. 

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