SELLING IN AMAZON – PRODUCT LISTING CHALLENGES

One of our customers recently asked us to help them with the process of listing their products in Amazon. They needed the process to be automated as they had close to 15000 products to be listed. The key concepts that we need to understand for listing products in Amazon are Product Key Identifier Product Title Product Manufacturer Product Category Key Words Product Image Product Price On Hand Quantity I’ll explain one by one for the benefit of new sellers who are listing their products. Product Key Identifier This could be the [...]

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SUPPLIER ON BOARDING FOR B2B INTEGRATION

Many companies start their B2B Integration initiatives in a big way but never finish like Sagrada Familia project. The main objectives of B2b Integration project will be to get the Purchase Orders, Purchase Order Acknowledgements, Advance Shipment Notifications, Invoicing electronically integrated to Suppliers. This will result the supply chain to be very efficient and manual work of re-keying in data into multiple system is avoided. But this project needs participation and buy-in from the Supplier community. Larger organizations may easily comply [...]

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR SUPPLIERS DELIVER ON TIME – ALWAYS!

Every supply chain managers most important task is to ensure the Material is there – where it is needed and when it is needed. Having said that, it is not easy to do it every time right. There are many links in the supply chain and even if one link breaks, the chain breaks. One of the important link is that the supplier delivers on time as needed by the purchasing process. Refer this article that talks about how to motivate [...]

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COLLABORATION IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Technology today, enhance collaboration in Supply Chain to a great extent A recent trend in the supply chain and collaboration focus on joint planning, coordination and process integration between suppliers, customers and partners in a supply chain, collaboration is meant to overcome the challenges in Supply Chain and has the advantage of faster product output, reduction of production and logistical cost, increase of efficiency as well as maximizing return on investments for all members This is an interaction supported by a [...]

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BENEFITS OF SUPPLIER PORTAL

A few of the benefits enabled by the introduction of supplier portals include: Broader Supplier Enablement Portals enabled a new tier of suppliers to automate routine supply chain execution transactions such as purchase orders, ship notices and commercial invoices. EDI had gained a critical mass of usage amongst larger companies. However, smaller businesses often struggled to find the resources, budget and in-house expertise to implement EDI. Portals filled the white space in the market quickly. Anyone with a PC and an [...]

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USING A SUPPLIER PORTAL FOR PURCHASE ORDER MANAGEMENT IN THE GLOBAL MARKET

Routine reliance on an extended global supplier network has resulted in a more complex and lengthy procurement process. Emails, phone calls and faxes simply don’t support the collaboration between buyers and suppliers that is required for successful global trade. Purchasers face these challenges when trying to source product and manage suppliers across their network Efficiently placing orders and receiving confirmation that the orders can be filled in the required time frame Avoiding the errors and misunderstandings that can come from re keying [...]

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EVALUATE YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN – SURVEY RESULTS

A survey was conducted among procurement professionals in the LinkedIn group for Procurement Professionals. The objective of the survey was to assess how companies are managing their communication in procurement and the role of Supplier Network portal and Mobile applications in supply chain. The results are below 1. Do You have critical items being sourced from outside vendors ? Yes – 90% No – 10% 2. Do your suppliers always acknowledge your PO in time and give delivery estimates ? Yes – 20% No [...]

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SUPPLIER PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT – EVERY SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGERS TO DO TASK

Every Supply Chain Manager has an important task of measuring his suppliers performance, providing feedback to the Suppliers and encouraging to improve their performance. Measuring the performance of suppliers is to be done both qualitatively and quantitatively. Both are important and required. Using both the results, the Supply Chain Manger to come up with the final scoring results for the suppliers and communicate to them. Let us see each of the methods and how to measure Suppliers performance with it. Qualitative [...]

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BENEFITS OF SUPPLIER PORTAL

A few of the benefits enabled by the introduction of supplier portals include: Broader Supplier Enablement Portals enabled a new tier of suppliers to automate routine supply chain execution transactions such as purchase orders, ship notices and commercial invoices. EDI had gained a critical mass of usage amongst larger companies. However, smaller businesses often struggled to find the resources, budget and in-house expertise to implement EDI. Portals filled the white space in the market quickly. Anyone with a PC and an [...]

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WHAT IS ROUTING REQUEST AND HOW TO USE IT?

Routing Request Many of the 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 to provide expected pick up date ,pick up location, nature, weight, volume of the consignment. Based on their negotiated rate customer will assign the carrier and inform the suppliers. Supplier to keep the consignment ready for the carrier to pick up on the [...]

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