Vendor Portals in the Supply Chain

A vendor, or supplier portal, is an interface in which suppliers and other members of the supply chain can easily communicate between each other. In contrast to most traditional business interactions, which may be done through email or phone calls, vendor portals offer a set of unique benefits. A few of the benefits gained by introducing a vendor portal include:   Broader Supplier Enablement A comprehensive portal enables suppliers to automate routine supply chain execution transactions including purchase orders, ship notices and [...]

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Amazon Vendor EDI Pallet Level Label

Pallet Labeling Requirements for Amazon Vendors Amazon Vendor Central EDI has made it mandatory for all Pallet level shipments to have Pallet labels. Refer our earlier post on labeling requirements for Amazon vendors here. Amazon Vendor central has further updated these label requirements as more and more suppliers are using Pallets and LTL shipments Pallets are classified into two categories Single ASIN Pallet – The entire pallet will have only one type of item. No mix of SKU within the pallet Mixed ASIN Pallet – [...]

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Bringing ERP into the Supply Chain

    ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is an in-house system that sits behind the company firewall which houses all the core data needed for the day to day operation of the company. In most supply chains, the data, external trading partners, and the data is outside of this firewall. This disconnect means that vital data isn’t readily available when it’s needed. Integrated Supply Chain and Visibility Connecting the in-house ERP system to the external supply chain creates the perfect integrated supply chain. Information [...]

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Doing EDI For Amazon Direct Fulfillment

  With Direct Fulfillment, Amazon pays the shipping charge and sends the order directly to suppliers. Although lucrative, it can be potentially very time consuming and error prone as small orders are sent throughout the day. However, using EDI, this process can be automated, making it faster and more efficient. TPSynergy provides a tailor made solution for Amazon vendors, containing all the tools and features needed for fully automating the order management process to save time and money. These tools include: [...]

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Efficient Shipments Inbound Receiving

  On Time Delivery as a process does not stop when material is delivered to stores; rather, it encompasses the whole system from production to consumption of a product. The more efficient a receiving method is, the faster material can be received, accounted, and stocked. The barcodes on Advance Shipment Notices (ASN) allow for faster receiving with just a scan. The underlying data for the material has already been sent electronically, so the only step left is just the scanning of [...]

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Amazon Vendor Central Shipping Label Requirements

Amazon vendor central has very strict guidelines on how their packages are to be labelled by the suppliers. No wonder with such an efficient supply chain system in Amazon, everything should work perfect. Labels on the packages help achieve this goal to Amazon Label Types There are various labels used in the shipping process for Amazon Vendor Central Product barcode labels – UPC/EAN/ASIN/ISBN – This is the individual product identifier that will generally be present on each unit packaging. This is the [...]

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Amazon Vendor Central – Invoicing Process

When to Submit Invoice to Amazon Vendor Central Amazon recommends its suppliers to submit invoice for the shipments as soon as the Advance Shipment Notice (ASN) are submitted. As Amazon calculates the payment due date from the date the invoice received and not based on the printed invoice date, it is better that the suppliers submit invoice as soon as the shipments leave their facility Invoice Creation process Invoices can be created manually in Amazon vendor central or submitted automatically using EDI [...]

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Inventory Visibility – Beyond ERP

Inventory Visibility Inventory is a key part of any business. Manufacturing, Distribution businesses depends on availability of correct inventory. Important feature of inventory is its visibility. If the inventory lies in a corner of the warehouse and not visible to Planners, it will add to inefficient resource utilisation   ERP and Inventory Visibility Most of the business today, depends upon their In-house ERP system for inventory visibility. WMS (Warehouse Management system) linked to ERP system provides a good visibility into the inventory inside [...]

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Collaborative Planning in Supply Chain – Share your Forecasts

Forecast Collaboration How to reduce Supply Chain Planning cycle time and inventory levels? How to automate inventory replenishment? What will happen if one of my suppliers reduce capacity on one of their plants? How do I inform my suppliers when my customers reduce their demand? All the above questions are asked by Supply chain managers frequently when they are planning their supply chain horizon. Collaboration is the key answer to all these questions Current Collaboration Status Today’s collaborative planning process is mostly a collection of disconnected [...]

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