Combatting empty-shelf syndrome: Keeping grocery shelves stocked in the midst of crisis

Businesses across every industry have faced unparalleled disruption to their operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In the retail sector, we’ve seen shelves across the globe being repeatedly stripped bare, as supply chains that simply weren’t geared-up to deal with such sudden and dramatic changes in buying behavior have struggled to keep up. 

Why the supply chain needs API-led connectivity: data complexity

Managing complexity is at the heart of supply chain strategy. Whether it’s in logistics, planning, procurement, or warehousing, supply chains provide firms with a competitive advantage by adding intricate, automated, or resource-heavy capabilities that can’t be easily replicated.

EDI with an API-led approach

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When EDI first came into use, supply chains were simpler, with a limited number of suppliers. Now, thanks to globalization and specialized manufacturing, there might be hundreds of suppliers in a supply chain. And, as prices change, businesses move overseas, and market conditions evolve, these suppliers change as well. 

Modern supply chain management

global digital supply chain

Digital disruption is having a profound effect on every industry, but the changes are perhaps most striking in industries like manufacturing, transportation logistics, and retail. Companies must be able to deliver new products and experiences, quickly adjust to changes in the marketplace, make business processes smooth and invisible to the end-consumer and, most importantly, be agile. Customers simply won’t tolerate delays because of a supply chain issue,

Retail supply chains in the age of Amazon

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Have you ever thought about what goes on behind the scenes when you buy something in a store or online? How was the product designed, built, packaged, shipped, and delivered to the point of purchase?  

Supply Chain API for Agility

Container Cargo ship and Cargo plane with working crane

Traditional supply chains are coming under growing pressure as organisations search for growth in increasingly competitive markets. Around the world, changing economic conditions and customer demands mean that organisations need to find a way to be increasingly agile. Those unable to evolve their operations to match these new conditions risk quickly losing market share to their rivals.

The challenge is being made more acute because of restrictions on IT budgets.