GettyImages 963131214By Amanda Peterson

Businesses around the world have realized the benefits of integrating cloud-based solutions into their supply chain strategies. In fact, some studies show a 75 percent increase in efficiency and profitability for businesses who make the change. Although cloud deployments in the supply chain have historically lagged behind other sectors, that is quickly changing. From retail corporations to automotive manufacturers, many organizations are recognizing the many benefits the cloud can have on their supply chain operations. In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd suggests that emerging cloud technologies provide a solution for “reducing costs and increasing innovation.” 

Veenendall Find Your Match

When it comes to supply chain partnerships, there are many fish in the sea, so brands should not settle for anything less than a perfect match.

By Hans Veenendaal

Sooner or later, every relationship arrives at a point that fills partners with excitement or dread – defining the relationship.

Even relationships that are defined still require a status check every once in a while, forcing partners to reflect on success, how things are going and what each partner brings to the table. Brands must do the same, given much of their success is contingent on collaboration across multiple relationships. As digital transformation continues to heighten customer expectations – from seamless e-commerce experiences to two-day shipping – relationships with supply chain partners become even more important. Supply chain partners are the lifeblood of an optimized supply chain and can be the key to securing consumer satisfaction.

Foy Digital Partners

Brands are looking for supply chain partners that can help them capitalize on the digital revolution.

By Nick Foy

In the push to keep up with e-commerce giants like Amazon, brands of all sizes are looking for ways to innovate, and they’re doing so quickly. Whether its optimizing physical supply chain functions by adding IoT-connected systems or launching a new e-commerce site powered by the latest and greatest e-business technologies, brands are looking for the flashiest, newest technologies to set them apart from competitors as consumers increasingly turn to the web for all their shopping needs.

As brands continue to search for the next great thing – which increasingly means a digital solution – the first place they will look to their supply chain partners. This push has created a massive opportunity for supply chain solution providers to help brands take advantage of and capitalize on the digital revolution by offering solutions ranging from e-business platforms and entitlement management solutions to IoT enabled systems.

Sander Yedavalli Embracing Risk

In the digital age, leading companies recognize the potential for supply chains to act as strategic drivers that disrupt their industries.

By Regenia Sanders and Vasu Yedavalli

Supply chain is often viewed as little more than a standard operating function, particularly for business-to-business (B2B) organizations. Yes, it’s been subject to continuous improvement, but largely for cost reductions or operational efficiencies. Even if you’ve relentlessly optimized your supply chain, how could it possibly be better?

Wrong question. In the digital age, it’s not just about making your supply chain work better. It’s more about making it work differently. Leading companies see their supply chains as competitive differentiators and strategic drivers — as disruptors that leave competitors racing to catch up.

How can your company embrace risk and evolve your supply chain into a disruptive force? Start with these considerations.

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