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If Supplier Portals Were So Great, Then What Went Wrong?
The first Web-based portals dedicated to enhancing buyer-supplier relationships got an underwhelming reception from the trade community. But the survivors have evolved into networks with real value.

There's no better place to conduct buyer-supplier relationships than on the internet. The technology would seem a natural fit for companies looking to get closer to their suppliers and streamline supply chains in the process. So why has the road to supplier portals been marked by so many obstacles?

In the late 1990s, at the height of the dot-com mania, hundreds of...
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Supply Chain Event Management: What Events Are Stopping You From Delivering Customer Satisfaction?
Firms in the distribution and supply chain industries often have situations that occur within different points in the supply chain. An example would be the following: a manufacturer of computer mice may have the internal components for the product yet not have the casings for the computer mice. This is a situation in which the order has not arrived. Supply chain and distribution managers need to...
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Awarding Excellence in B2B
When GXS asked AMR Research to judge its 2007 Global Customer Awards, we took advantage of the opportunity to get further insight into how companies are implementing their B2B strategies. The criteria used to determine the award winners, detailed below, is a good yardstick for measuring progress.

Global Customer Awards are presented to companies that can demonstrate the best use of GXS technology and services in three areas:...
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PINC Solutions Expands Yard Hound Product to Serve Multiple DCs
PINC Solutions, a vendor of technology for real-time visibility of distribution and logistics assets, has announced the latest expansion of its suite of Yard Hound products. Built with a scalable architecture, Yard Hound can be deployed to address critical issues first, then later expanded in line with customer needs. The family of products includes...
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With Acquisitions Fully Integrated, Schneider Logistics Plans to Re-brand
Schneider Logistics, Green Bay, Wis., has made great progress integrating two companies that it acquired approximately two years ago, says Todd Ericksrud, vice president of global logistics sales. The acquisitions were of American Port Services, a leading U.S. provider of port transloading/deconsolidation, warehousing and distribution services, and American Overseas Air Freight, an international freight forwarder and Customs broker. "We have really figured out how to work together well over the last couple of years and the result is a very impressive service offering for our customers," Ericksrud says. "We now can truly provide end-to-end supply chain services as well as...
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Ultra Logistics Offers New Version of Air Freight Tendering App
Ultra Logistics Inc. has launched a new version of UltraShip, software that allows shippers to manage the domestic and international air-freight tendering process in real time. According to the vendor, the system gives logistics managers network visibility and...
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