Supply Chain Executive Commentary

  1. Trunk Slammers Vs. Strategic Partners
    6/28/2016

    Trunk slammers are the bane of the security industry. They’re the folks who pick up jobs installing surveillance systems without really knowing what they’re doing. But when the system doesn’t work right, the customer blames the product rather than the installer. And that gives the whole industry a bad name.

  2. 6 Tips For Increased Meeting Productivity
    5/27/2016

    As CMO of a business communications company, and having spent the bulk of my career in the industry, it has been my top priority to find ways to transform and streamline the way businesses hold meetings. Meetings were developed to be an efficient way for employees to get together to discuss ideas, debate issues, overcome obstacles, and drive outcomes.

  3. 5 Trends Shaping Enterprise Labeling
    5/17/2016

    As the function of labeling continues to grow in importance in today’s global supply chain, many companies are searching for labeling processes that work hand and hand with their supply chain strategy. These companies recognize labeling has becoming a mission-critical component in their supply chain as they continue to expand globally.

  4. Why Every VAR Should Attend RetailNOW
    5/3/2016

    RSPA’s RetailNOW event is often called the “must attend” event for anyone selling POS and, at Epson, we couldn’t agree more. We have attended the show for many years and it has been extremely successful for both us and our partners. I have been in the industry a long time, and this year especially I have seen a lot of new challenges the POS industry has had to face.

  5. 3 Ways IT Can Modernize Meeting Rooms With Digital Technology
    4/26/2016

    From energy companies to universities, the growth of the Internet of Things, mobile devices, and wearables presents new challenges and opportunities for IT departments looking to provide counsel on technology that is innovative, versatile, and collaborative. In the case of meeting rooms, digital devices that involve remote attendees and mobile capabilities are expected to grow. According to a Wainhouse research report, commissioned by Epson, nearly half of respondents expect the amount of huddle rooms to increase within the next two years.

  6. Why It’s Okay For CIOs To Make Decisions Based On Feelings
    4/25/2016

    One of life’s most hilariously, ironic aspects is that, wherever you go, you’ll notice personal exceptionalism is by far the most ordinary expression of human behavior. If you understand that concept to be true, then the self-assessment data gathered by the well-known leadership and management coach, Mark Goldsmith won’t surprise you either. By Ariel Amster, Qubole

  7. Old School Ties Are Not The Fashion In Enterprise Mobility
    4/21/2016

    My lunch companion was the Director of Innovation at a large telecommunications company, a new role in the past two years which reflected a desire for effective change and the internal frustration that it was not being achieved. I just did not understand why he was not embarrassed — he had just told me he had not submitted our tender response to the CIO because, “It is hard enough getting proposals through IT so I only put up two proposals from two old school large logo IT vendors.”

  8. Adding More Value: Successful Marketing Tips For VARs
    4/18/2016

    Marketing matters, and as a growing technology solution provider — you might call yourself a Technology Consultant, System Integrator, Solution Provider, Value Added Reseller, or something else altogether — you know how important it is to get the word out about your business and the value you provide to your customers. Your email, website, and ad messaging are all positioned to reinforce your value with potential customers, so it’s up to you to find ways to create and maintain those messages.

  9. Arlin's Suggested Reading List
    4/12/2016

    These are the ten books I recommend as the foundation of a strong business library. While the Bible may seem like a strange first choice, I find that spending time in that book of wisdom each morning grounds me in truth and helps focus me on the things that matter. The other nine are important books that provide a broad base from which to build a strong business mindset.

  10. 5 Fresh Strategies To Boost Sales
    3/29/2016

    According to research consultancy IDC, the global IT market surpassed $3.7 trillion in 2015 and it’s on track to reach $3.8 trillion in 2016. However, diminished margins, competitive pressures and shifting channel dynamics are challenging resellers to do more with less, and to do it more creatively. Renewed ideas are necessary for today’s channel players to stay relevant – and stay profitable.