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 labels Let us see each one of them and see how this requirement to be [...]

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Amazon Direct Fulfillment Inventory Feed

We discussed the merits of doing direct fulfillment with Amazon in our earlier blog.   One of the requirements for doing Direct Fulfillment is that the suppliers should maintain the inventory up to date in the vendor central. As orders are directly fulfilled by the suppliers, Amazon need to know if inventory is available before accepting an order from the online customer. So, it is the responsibility of the supplier to maintain the inventory status updated regularly. Amazon expects the suppliers to provide [...]

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Types of Control Towers in Supply Chain

In our previous blog What is a Supply Chain control Tower we discussed the similarities between a Supply Chain control tower and airport control tower. Both provide similar functionality of visibility and control that are essential in managing the traffic. Supply chain control towers can be classified based on their functionalities or areas of operation. Analytical Control Tower – This type of control towers are used for Analysis Only. If any Corrective/Improvement actions are to be done, it was done in some [...]

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What is Supply Chain Control Tower

A control tower in the airport is used to provide visual control of all the incoming and outgoing flights. Though computers and monitors provide all the necessary data for managing the flight traffic, controllers still prefer to look through the glass walls of the control tower and make necessary decisions. A control tower in the Supply chain gives the same advantage of an airport control tower. It provides visual inputs for all the supply chain traffic for a company and [...]

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IOT Supply chain visibility

Everything talks to everything. This is the concept of Internet of Things (IOT). Devices that remained dumb and silent have gained powers to talk to the world and announce where they are and what they are doing. ​   Global location of a shipment and travel path information provides the much needed visibility. Real time location and re routing adds flexibility to the supply chain. This is achieved by Internet of Things (IOT).     Traditionally, companies had to depend upon their transporters to provide [...]

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