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Thursday, December 16, 2021 -- Published once each month.

Agile Demand-Supply Alignment—Part 3D
IBM Sterling Inventory Control Tower,
Elementum Incident Management
By Bill McBeath Thursday, December 16, 2021
An assessment of IBM Sterling’s Inventory Control Tower solution for global supply chains with critical inventory needs—especially healthcare providers, grocery retailers, and spare parts dealers. We also look at Elementum, provider of incident management for companies with large complex supply chains where many issues arise requiring multi-party collaboration. [ Read: Agile Demand-Supply Alignment—Part 3D ]
B2B Communications—Part One: Enabling Global Commerce
By Ann Grackin Thursday, December 16, 2021
Having a robust B2B communications strategy and infrastructure has become critical for B2B business success. The right strategy and infrastructure provide the flexibility to transact business with any and all new customers the way the customer wants to. They provide timely visibility into the supply chain across order-to-cash and purchase-to-pay (P2P) processes, while streamlining logistics and global trade. [ Read: B2B Communications—Part One ]

Analytics Advantage—Part 3B
Shipper’s Self Scorecard and Leveraging Trade Data
By Bill McBeath Thursday, December 16, 2021
A ‘self scorecard’ can help shippers improve their own turn-around times, detention metrics, dock door scheduling, load tender timing, and fulfillment of volume commitments. We also examine how trade data can be used for supply chain risk management, supplier discovery, price discovery, total landed cost optimization, and competitive intelligence. [ Read: Analytics Advantage—Part 3B ]

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