Technology Onboarding Requires Efficient Technology

  In a company trying to integrate new technology the biggest hurdle is if the people or its employees are going to accept the new technology or not. There have been many cases where when a company has tried to accept a new technology its employees have rejected it before the benefits became apparent. Hence, the problem for new technology on boarding comes down to the manufacturer of the new technology. The manufacturer needs to make sure that the new [...]


How to Use Routing Requests

Routing Requests  Many large customers like Amazon expect their suppliers to request for a carrier assignment for their shipments. This is almost always compulsory for collect freight where the customer pays the freight charges. Suppliers provide the expected pick up date, pick up location, nature, weight, and volume of the consignment. Based on their negotiated rate, the customer will assign the carrier and inform the suppliers, who keep the consignment ready for the carrier to pick up on the appointed [...]


How to Print UCC-128 Shipping Labels

​​​​ ucc128label As part of EDI   messages, most of the time, large retail customers like Amazon or Walmart will insist on sending the shipments with cartons affixed with the UCC-128 Shipping labels. These labels have a set of predefined information that are printed in both bar coded and human readable format. Essential information to be printed on a  UCC-128 labels areFrom and To AddressSKU NumberUPC Bar code if availableCustomer Purchase order numberSSCC container codeNumber of cartonsThe information printed on this UCC barcode should [...]

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Relaunching Your Supply Chain for the Digitial Age

Although most aspects of daily work have shifted online, one major activity has stayed grounded in the 1970s: data entry. Even today, where almost everybody has a host of electronics at their disposal. the vast majority of data entry for tasks like orders and purchases are still done via pen and paper. While this may seem simple, there’s a lot of reasons to switch to a digital data entry system 1. Saving Time While filling out a few forms may seem [...]

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How to Dispute Amazon Vendor Central Chargebacks

In our previous post, we talked about how vendors can avoid their profits being eroded by Chargebacks. It explained what are the various reasons, Amazon may issue chargeback and how to avoid them. Disputing Chargebacks In this article, we’ll see how you can dispute chargebacks in a way that improves your chances of getting it approved. Chargeback Notification Amazon periodically sends a chargeback notification to its suppliers. This email has the details of the chargeback, including the category of the chargeback, the incident [...]


Using Purchase Orders in QuickBooks Online

Purchase Orders Purchase Orders are important in Pre authorizing an expense. In many organizations, person authorizing the spend may not be the same as the person approving a supplier bill. So it is a good idea to follow the Purchase order process to manage expenses. QuickBooks Online and Purchase Orders QuickBooks online provides good features to manage purchase orders in a simple way. In this blog, we will see how to use Purchase orders feature in QuickBooks Online Turning On Purchase Order Feature Purchase [...]


How to Avoid Amazon Vendor Central Chargebacks

Every Vendor Central (VC) supplier is familiar with the frustration of receiving a chargeback and seeing deductions from their payment. Due to the immense effort required to list and market a listing on Amazon, it’s important to limit or prevent these chargebacks from occurring. WHY DO CHARGEBACKS HAPPEN There are various reasons as to why a chargeback happens. It’s important to understand these reasons so you know what to monitor. PURCHASE ORDER (PO) ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:Late PO Acknowledgement: If the PO was not confirmed [...]


A Comprehensive Guide to Supply Chain Collaboration

In every aspect of a a supply chain, there are areas of collaboration. It’s important to understand each type of collaboration, its use in the supply chain, and when a business needs to use it. Some common areas of collaboration include:Purchase Orders Shipments/Receipts Inventory/ Forecast Invoice/PaymentsPURCHASE ORDER COLLABORATION Some traits of businesses that need purchase order collaboration include:Companies with a small group of strategic, and where most items are single or dual sourced Companies that have frequent small volume purchase orders to the [...]

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Inventory Visibility in Contract Manufacturing

Although it’s not a recent innovation, contract manufacturing is being widely adopted by many large corporations. One notable example of this is Apple, which contracts the manufacturing of its phones to external companies such as Foxconn. While research and development is still done by Apple, the actual creation of its products is mostly done elsewhere. This has a multitude of benefits to both the main company and the contractors. There are two main types of contract manufacturing: consignment and turnkey. [...]


Amazon EDI Label Requirements

Amazon expects its suppliers to follow their Label requirements strictly. If any failures on the part of vendors on proper labeling will lead to chargebacks and reduction in profit for suppliers. We discussed about various chargebacks and how to reduce them in one of our earlier post. Three Levels of Label Labels are required at three levels when shipping material to Amazon.Item level labels Carton level labels Pallet level labelsLet us see each one of them and see how this requirement to be [...]