The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

Why You Need an Export Compliance Program and How to Get Started

December 3rd, 2012

If your company ships even one order overseas (even if your product is not a dual-use commodity), it is critically important that you put the right safeguards and procedures in place to ensure rigorous compliance with U.S. Export controls regulations. An export compliance program will ensure your company doesn’t unintentionally ship a product that requires a license to export, or accidentally supply products to a barred entity.

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Warehouse Management System (WMS) Evolution

November 12th, 2012

A few weeks ago, Bob Trebilcock of Modern Materials Handling (MMH) magazine asked me if I would sit down for an interview on the state of the WMS industry. I discuss how Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) from the major ERP companies and other Tier 2 providers have evolved to include a more robust feature set.

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What the RedPrairie/JDA Merger Means for You

November 2nd, 2012

Yesterday, RedPrairie announced that it would acquire JDA Software in a transaction valued at approximately $1.9 billion. Will the new mega-company be able to satisfy a CIO’s desire for uniformity in technology? Or will the various applications be uniform in name only, with numerous different technology platforms that require extensive integration on the part of the users?  I had a chance to ask the CEOs of both companies that question in a press conference this morning…

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Retailer-Driven Network Design: The Trend of the Future?

October 22nd, 2012

A topic that is coming up with greater frequency amongst our client base is that many consumer goods manufacturers are feeling more pressure from retailers to relocate their distribution centers to more centralized locations. This places suppliers in a real dilemma – how do they offset some of the additional costs of centralized distribution while still remaining flexible to their retail customers?

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5 Ways to Prevent – or Repair – a Troubled 3PL Relationship

October 16th, 2012

In the past few weeks I’ve had conversations with at least four companies whose relationship with their 3PL distribution centers is near the point of failure. I don’t know if this is indicative of a general trend or not, but it can certainly be said that the last few years made for some strange logistics bedfellows. Pacts sealed in the urgency of difficult times sometimes unravel when conditions improve. This post covers five quick suggestions for how companies can enter and maintain more healthy outsourcing relationships.

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