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“Act Vertical” vs. “Go Extinct” Retailers - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series set the historical background for supply chain management (SCM) evolution and presented the advantages and shortcomings of vertical

zara sourcing  the fastest response time, Zara uses pricey Western European suppliers for the fashion items. But for the more predictable demand items, it uses Eastern European suppliers, which have poorer response time (not a major concern here) but at much lower cost. In addition to varying the supply chain by product type, Fisher recommends several other variables to consider, such as store type and time in the season or product cycle. Demand varies considerably over the life cycle of many products, whereby the same Read More
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The Fashion and Apparel Retailers' Conundrum
Retail remains a very tactile industry, focused on the hand, drape, and durability of fabrics and trim—besides which, designs are still being sketched on paper

zara sourcing  examples of European retailers Zara and H&M , which are known for their ability to design, produce, and deliver new styles to stores in only three weeks. They achieve this via a combination of inexpensive production in nearby southern and eastern European countries, and in some cases, by leveraging expensive plane shipments to deliver brand-new goods to stores in three weeks. In the US, a good example of balancing the lower costs of globally sourced goods with a higher quality of domestic (or regional) fi Read More
The Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It
ecFood is a strategic sourcing vendor focused on the industrial food market. Its recent financial results prove that being highly focused can bring value to

zara sourcing  Benefits of Focusing on a Niche and Serving it Well: EcFood - A Dot-com Making It Event Summary Food and beverage industry strategic sourcing vendor ecFood , recently announced exceptional results for 2001 with dramatic increases in revenue, gross margin, transaction volume, customer acquisition and services. The privately held company closed out the year with record-breaking performance, including an 815% increase in gross margin from 2000 and revenue of $37.6 million. ecFood also acquired a major Read More
TradeStone Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2
Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013. TradeStone’s Core CapabilitiesTradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities

zara sourcing  Software STARS 2013: Retail Rocks! Part 2 Part 1 recapped TradeStone Software's user conference, STARS 2013.   TradeStone’s Core Capabilities TradeStone Software’s bread-and-butter capabilities continue to be sourcing, supplier management (including quality testing, inspections, and social, legal, and compliance-based supplier performance as exemplified in Guitar Center ’s case study), and order management, which includes global trade management (GTM) as well. Enterprise resource planning Read More
Understanding the True Cost of Sourcing
In today's twenty-first century, global outsourced business world, the traditional and somewhat simplistic approaches used to measure cost for sourcing

zara sourcing  the True Cost of Sourcing The Shortcomings of Traditional Procurement In today's twenty-first century, global outsourced business world, the traditional and somewhat simplistic approaches used to measure cost for sourcing decisions of direct materials fall short. Procurement history is laden with penny-wise, pound-foolish decisions where the low cost supplier ultimately costs tens or hundreds of millions in lost revenue, lost market share, expedite fees, or write-offs. This goes beyond total Read More
Global Trade Applications in Global Credit Crunch - Part II
Part I of this blog series analyzed the appropriateness of global sourcing and spend management applications for helping companies improve their cash flows and

zara sourcing  Trade Applications in Global Credit Crunch - Part II Part I of this blog series analyzed the appropriateness of global sourcing and spend management applications for helping companies improve their cash flows and reduce working capital. It also introduced the question what might happen to global trade management (GTM) applications down the track. Indeed, what about this credit crunch and recession, and how will that affect the global trade, imports from China, Letters of credit (L/Cs), etc.? With Read More
mySAP Supplier Relationship Management for the Automotive Industry
In the automotive industry, purchasing has become a critical business component. Some experts estimate that a 4 percent reduction in sourcing costs can add as

zara sourcing  Supplier Relationship Management for the Automotive Industry In the automotive industry, purchasing has become a critical business component. Some experts estimate that a 4 percent reduction in sourcing costs can add as much to profits as a 10 percent increase in sales. With intense global competition putting constant pressure on vehicle prices, many companies see improved sourcing and procurement as key to increasing margins, profits, and competitiveness. Read More
SAP and Ariba Synergy
SAP acquired spend management and business commerce solution provider Ariba in 2012 for strategic reasons, and has since been investing in Ariba with a longer

zara sourcing  and Ariba Synergy SAP acquired spend management and business commerce solution provider Ariba in 2012 for strategic reasons, and has since been investing in Ariba with a longer-term view—especially with regards to power of the business commerce network (SAP is even an Ariba user itself ). We recently looked at the happenings at the recent Ariba Live 2014 user conference , and here we’ll focus on how SAP and Ariba have been meshing together to mutual benefit.   The Ariba Business Network is a huge Read More
Emptoris
The combined company's possibly biggest challenge remains a lack of awareness of the need for sourcing/spend management. While many people have realized the

zara sourcing  Procures Zeborg's Spend Management Expertise Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations Challenges Emptoris, Inc. , a privately-held provider of e-sourcing solutions that support the strategic sourcing needs of global 5000 companies, early in 2003 announced the completion of financing from new and existing investors totaling $20.5 million. Menlo Ventures led the third funding round, with participation from new investor HarbourVest Partners and all existing investors, including NETinvest , Read More
A Couple of
As is the case with white papers, vendors' press releases (PR) can range from blatant bragging about the

zara sourcing  Couple of Five Procurement Commandments in a Down Economy As is the case with white papers , vendors' press releases (PR) can range from blatant bragging about the latest-and-greatest product capabilities (and other marketing fluff ) to tastefully asserting competence and educating the market about specific issues. One example of the latter would be Emptoris ' April 2008 PR on the findings   of a panel of financial and procurement experts that have worked and consulted with leading Fortune 1000 Read More
Nearshoring: Looking Closer to Home
Companies looking for savings but worried about the risks and cultural barriers involved in offshore outsourcing, whose business processes have a strong

zara sourcing  Looking Closer to Home Nearshoring, Looking Closer to Home If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Crimsonwing provides IT solutions to clients in the UK, Holland and Malta. Whether it involves training or consultancy, design or development, implementation or hosting (SaaS/ASP): Crimsonwing provides flexible services and support across the entire range of activity. Crimsonwing has won the award within the category of Read More
Product Note: NGC's Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions
NGC e-PLM and e-SPS are NGC’s offerings in product lifecycle management and sourcing for the fashion industry. This product note analyzes the strengths and

zara sourcing  Note: NGC's Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions New Generation Computing, Inc. (NGC) has a long history of serving the fashion industry. After adding Web-based product lifecycle managemen t (PLM) and sourcing and production systems ( e-PLM and e-SPS , respectively), to the product portfolio, the company became closer to being a one-stop-shop for its target customers. Seeing the increase in PLM adoption in the fashion industry and NGC's recent achievements in the fashion PLM area, I decided to create Read More
Partner Performance Management
For many retailers, the transition to global sourcing and demand-driven inventory models creates both opportunities and challenges. Supply chains are becoming

zara sourcing  Performance Management Partner Performance Management If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Inovis is a leading provider of on-demand Business Community Management solutions that empower companies to transact, collaborate and optimize communications with every facet of their business communities. By standardizing and automating mission-critical business interactions, companies can dramatically reduce the complexity and Read More
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II)
Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled

zara sourcing  PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part II) Part I of this blog post analyzed the white paper entitled Manufacturing Outsourcing: Seven Common Pitfalls to Avoid , authored by Symphony Consulting and Arena Solutions . It also established an intrinsic connection with product lifecycle management (PLM) software technology as a global sourcing collaboration enabler. Indeed, several macroeconomic trends seem to be helping the PLM market, starting with the rampant offshoring of facilities Read More
A Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works
TradeStone has developed an application that can be quickly configured to shift data in and out of traditional enterprise planning systems. Organizations can

zara sourcing  Well-designed Solution for Sourcing: Its Technological Foundation and How It Works The Technological Foundation Explained TradeStone Software, Inc . ( http://www.tradestonesoftware.com ) has displayed consummate perseverance in becoming a provider of collaborative e-sourcing solutions for Global 2000 companies. The vendor offers what is possibly the first composite application to the retail global sourcing market that leverages an organization's information technology (IT) infrastructure. This Read More

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