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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
Web-based Solution Steps Out for Cohesive Retailer Sourcing
TradeStone recently announced the commercial availability of its Unified Buying Engine, a technology platform that should enable user companies to streamline

zara sourcing  based Solution Steps Out for Cohesive Retailer Sourcing Progressing Towards Unified Buying Process As a gradual and logical evolutionary step, in mid-2005, TradeStone Software, Inc . ( http://www.tradestonesoftware.com ), a provider of collaborative e-sourcing solutions for Global 2000 companies, set its sights towards becoming the leader in enabling domestic and international sourcing through a unified buying process. This is a bold strategic initiative to support a single cohesive view and business 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
Order Management RFI/RFP Template
Order Promising,Inventory Management,Sourcing,Execution Visibility,Inbound and Assembly Coordination or Multi-site Changing,Shipping and Outbound

zara sourcing  Management RFI/RFP Template The Order Management RFI/RFP Template lists and describes 420 features and functions found in Order Management software solutions. This Template can help you save time, control costs, and communicate clearly with vendors at nearly every stage of your Order Management software selection projects. Features and functions included in this Template: Order Promising Inventory Management Sourcing Execution Visibility Inbound and Assembly Coordination or Multi-site Changing Read More
Bigger, Broader, and Better Linked: Considerations for Integrated Sourcing of Facilities Management and Real Estate
For many companies, the second largest cost after people is facilities. Solutions have evolved from traditional out-tasking and outsourcing to the more recent

zara sourcing  Broader, and Better Linked: Considerations for Integrated Sourcing of Facilities Management and Real Estate For many companies, the second largest cost after people is facilities. Solutions have evolved from traditional out-tasking and outsourcing to the more recent strategy of integrating facilities management and real estate under a single service provider. But first, understand marketplace realities: provider capabilities don’t always line up with buyer expectations. Learn about the challenges Read More
Co-sourcing Helps Companies to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiencies
In the ever-changing economy, organizations looking to cut costs and drive innovation are turning to co-sourcing as a cost-effective and less risky alternative

zara sourcing  sourcing Helps Companies to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiencies In the ever-changing economy, organisations are looking to cut costs and drive innovation are turning to co-sourcing model as a cost-effective alternative - one that is less risky than outsourcing or offshoring. Source: Allied Worldwide Resources Related to Co-sourcing Helps Companies to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiencies : Co-sourcing (Wikipedia) Co-sourcing Helps Companies to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiencies Co Sourcing is 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
What’s With Ariba Selling Its Sourcing Services Team to Accenture?
My recent series about the merger of JDA Software and i2 Technologies raised the issue whether any independent software vendor (ISV) can at the same time be

zara sourcing  With Ariba Selling Its Sourcing Services Team to Accenture? My recent  series about the merger of JDA Software and i2 Technologies raised the issue whether any independent software vendor (ISV) can at the same time be a successful professional service provider  (even without considering a possible conflict with its service provider partners). Coincidentally or not, in early October Ariba sent a message to the market that its focus going forward will be on becoming a trading partner network Read More
How One Sourcing Vendor's Offerings Are Bolstered by a Wealth of Services
Eqos is especially proud of its complementary services portfolio, which stems from a decade's worth of direct experience in providing some of the world's

zara sourcing  One Sourcing Vendor's Offerings Are Bolstered by a Wealth of Services Eqos ( http://www.eqos.com ) is a UK-based provider of sourcing and supplier management solutions that are based on a service-oriented architecture platform. Specifically, the vendor offers two collaborative platform applications: Global Sourcing & PLM (as discussed in The Secret of One Vendor's Success in the Retail Supply Chain ) and Eqos Supplier Management . For more background on Eqos, please see One Vendor's Quest to Garner a 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
Coupa 10 Heralds Sourcing for the Masses
Coupa Software, a provider of cloud-based spend optimization solutions for finance, recently announced the release of Coupa 10. The new release features an

zara sourcing  10 Heralds Sourcing for the Masses Coupa Software , a provider of cloud-based spend optimization solutions for finance, recently announced the  release of Coupa 10 . The new release features an entirely new sourcing application designed to bring sourcing to the masses by intelligently guiding users to select the best sourcing opportunities to save money based on real-time analysis of their current spend. It further enhances the capabilities of Coupa’s suite of organic cloud-based procurement Read More
Distinctions and Benefits of Strategic Sourcing
Strategic sourcing involves ongoing relationships, which creates the opportunity for mutually beneficial collaboration between the buyer and the suppliers. This

zara sourcing  and Benefits of Strategic Sourcing Originally published - August 8, 2007 Global sourcing, despite its inherent risks, offers numerous benefits to enterprises in terms of lower costs for materials and labor. It also requires a much closer integration among the supply chain partners. Supplier relationship management (SRM), a methodology designed to structure and support the relationships between buyers and suppliers, becomes essential when a supply chain recognizes the benefits of strategic 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
PLM for the Fashion Industry RFI/RFP Template
Line Planning and Calendar Management, Concept Development, Design and Product Development, Sourcing and Supply Chain Collaboration, Manufacturing Process

zara sourcing  for the Fashion Industry RFI/RFP Template The PLM for the Fashion Industry RFI/RFP Template lists and describes 1631 features and functions found in PLM for the Fashion Industry software solutions. This PLM for the Fashion Industry Template can help you save time, control costs, and communicate clearly with vendors at nearly every stage of your PLM for the Fashion Industry software selection projects. Features and functions included in this PLM for the Fashion Industry Template: Line Planning and Read More
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