Supply Chain’s Automation Future isn’t considering what e-Commerce already does

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One of my favorite media sources is Visual Capitalist. This article struck me as a good chart,but missing something.

At CSS Commerce, I think about supply to sales everyday. What about Sales to Supply? Flexibility is the key in both situations. Automation has been going on since I was first a manufacturing engineer in the 90’s and engineering (student) in the 80’s. My degree is actually in automation. So, what is really new?

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While couched in the word “visibility,” I think we should break that down. Is it visibility of the supply chain or visibility of the value chain? The value chain is all that matters. If sales and supply and supply to sales are not connected and agile, companies wind up with problems. We don’t focus on ERP or inventory systems, not even shopping systems. CSS Commerce focus’ is on a single source of truth: a product information system.

A product database system combines ERP, technical, inventory, images and artwork and manages it all in a “PIM” system. We focus on the best in the industry for midsize companies using either the Microsoft stack or Symphony based open source.

Why? A PIM:

  • Manages your vendor portal (it’s already connected to the ERP)
  • Is omni-channel management: POS, Distribution, e-Commerce, Catalogs all in one place
  • Enriches your information with technical specifications and drawings, media or art work
  • Creates inventory and pricing visibility through the entire supply, delivery and sales chain.
  • Manages globally with built in multi-currency, multilingual and multi-location management

The advantages we provide are getting customers online and D2C in 3-4 weeks not 4-8 months.

When you think supply chain, B2B e-commerce does more than you think.