Optimising the value of your B2B Supply Chain

Seemingly a straightforward and self-descriptive amalgamation of two distinct concepts, supply chain management (SCM) has existed in one form or another for over thirty years. It seems a little strange then, that after almost three decades of practical and theoretical development, SCM still does not have a universally agreed definition which begs the question: What is it about the ‘management’ of supply chains that is so difficult?

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We are ready for HMRC's coming changes!

In April 2018 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will decommission its EDI channel and replace it with a new Government Gateway web-service as part of its digital strategy to
re-position its UK PAYE operations.

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EDI: the road ahead

Industry 4.0 is much in the news: more importantly, it is also the destination for large scale investment by major manufacturing companies and supply chains around the world, so this ‘new industrial revolution’ is apparently more than just hype.

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Risk Management through EDI 4.0

The role of EDI (electronic data interchange) in reducing cost and error and accelerating transactions is widely understood, if less widely implemented. EDI as part of a risk management strategy in the supply chain is less appreciated, but as Industry 4.0, the much-vaunted ‘new industrial revolution’, starts to become a reality, EDI is going to become an even more important tool, although not necessarily in quite its present form.

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EDI 4.0 for agile supply chains

Manufacturing and retail supply chains need to become ever more agile. Whether its delivery to the home or production line-side, expectations are of instant availability. On the other hand, a wider supply base and the ability of customers to specify individual preferences militate against the concept of a ‘standard’ product.

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