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Common Supply Chain Threats—And How to Minimize Them

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Feb 10, 2016 11:19:07 AM

Global supply chains continue to grow in complexity, but even with recent high-profile security breaches and logistics slowdowns, two new studies suggest many businesses may be underestimating supply chain threats. A recent study suggests one common threat, the loss of a key supplier, is effectively shrugged off by a surprising percentage of businesses surveyed. Zurich Insurance Ltd.’s global survey report on the potential business impact of “loss of the main supplier” for small and medium enterprises demonstrates that a majority of organizations (55%) claim they would not be affected at all were they to lose their main supplier.

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Topics: digital supply chain, DSI cloud inventory™, inventory management, supply chain, Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management: 3 Key Traits To Evolve Your Operations

Posted by Katy Schamberger on Feb 4, 2016 2:53:17 PM

Today’s supply chain leaders, managers and stakeholders are inundated with any number of supply chain management challenges like escalating business complexity, rising cost pressures, pervasive skills shortages and increasing customer demands. It’s enough to make you run screaming in the opposite direction. At the same time, we’re in the midst of an exciting, digitally focused era that’s brimming with opportunities for innovation and creative problem-solving.

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Topics: dsi supply chain solutions, modern supply chain experience, Supply Chain Management, supply chain technology, supply chain transformation

DSI Recognized as One of Kansas City’s Healthiest Employers

Posted by Katy Schamberger on Jan 14, 2016 3:14:21 PM

As we continue to make significant strides (no pun intended) in creating an environment that helps DSI employees enjoy active, healthier lifestyles, we’re thrilled to be among the companies recognized on the Kansas City Business Journal’s 2016 Healthiest Employers list.

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Topics: Company, corporate health and wellness, dsi, dsi kansas city, employee wellness, kansas city business journal healthiest employers, kansas city corporate challenge, kansas city healthiest employers

DSI Platform Updates: Enhance Your App Design, Enable Performance Consistency

Posted by Katy Schamberger on Jan 7, 2016 10:56:02 AM

The DSI Digital Supply Chain Platform (DSCP)TM
 is built to give you speed, scalability and agility when developing, deploying and managing your company’s mobile apps, and that includes meeting continually increasing demand for apps with a rich, sophisticated user experience. To better help you do that, the latest update to the DSCP, 8.2 SP2, includes features that empower you to easily improve the design of your apps and further enables device-agnostic app layout and functionality on both mobile devices and desktop computers.

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Topics: DSI Cloud Platform, mobile platform

Chipotle’s Woes Highlight Need for Track and Trace Across Supply Chains

Posted by Katy Schamberger on Dec 22, 2015 2:34:21 PM

Supply chain visibility and traceability are key to improving operational efficiency and enabling communication among trading partners. Yet in the event of a crisis, visibility and traceability become imperative in order to quickly identify—and solve—the problem. Not only do you want to fix the problem as soon as possible so that the minimum amount of product is affected; you also want to reassure customers that you’re taking the necessary steps to protect their safety and earn the investment they’ve made into your goods.

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Topics: chipotle, chipotle e coli, chipotle supply chain, consumer confidence, product recalls, product safety, Supply Chain Management, supply chain traceability, supply chain track and trace, supply chain visibility, traceability

3 Reasons to Take Your Inventory Management to the Cloud

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Dec 17, 2015 2:06:05 PM

With the holiday season in full gear, businesses race to keep up with customer demand and as a result, inventory management challenges rise to the forefront. A recent study revealed that out-of-stocks, overstocks and returns cost retail businesses a massive $1.75 trillion a year. To protect your bottom line, you need to know what’s in stock, what’s on order, and where and when it’s shipping—in short, you need real-time visibility into your inventory. Fortunately, cloud-based inventory management can play a crucial role in preventing feast or famine and addressing industry-specific inventory challenges so that you can escape the #blackfriday #fail Twitter hashtag combination next year.

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Topics: DSI Cloud Platform, cloud computing, cloud deployment, digital supply chain, inventory management, mobile platform, DSI cloud inventory™

3-D Printers Give Us a New Way to Think

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Dec 7, 2015 1:03:12 PM

Pediatric neurosurgeon Ed Smith uses a 3-D printer to prepare for difficult surgeries. Days ahead of a surgery, Smith prints a model of the brain and tumor to be operated on so he can develop a tactile understanding of the procedure ahead. Clive Thompson, writing for WIRED’s Gadget Lab, quotes the neurosurgeon, “‘I can hold the problem in my hand,’ Smith says. ‘I can rehearse the surgery as many times as I want.’”

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Global Tech Leaders Identify the Technology You Can't Afford to Ignore

Posted by Katy Schamberger on Dec 3, 2015 12:57:54 PM

Technology evolves quickly—so quickly, in fact, that it can be tempting to tune out the tech chatter. If you’re a stakeholder or decision-maker in your company, how do you know what new technology to pursue? In KPMG’s fourth annual Global Technology Innovation Survey, 832 technology industry business leaders from around the globe offered their input on a wide variety of tech-related topics, including identifying the technologies that will have the greatest impact on driving business transformation over the next 3 years. Let’s take a look at their top four responses.

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Topics: DSI Cloud Platform, mobile platform, Platform & Technology

New DSI Platform Updates Enable Browser-Based Apps, Transaction Analytics

Posted by Katy Schamberger on Dec 2, 2015 12:50:33 PM

New updates to the DSI Digital Supply Chain Platform (DSCP)TM
, 8.2 SP1, make it easier to deliver rich, browser-based apps using an HTML5 client. Because you can deploy these browser-based apps to a broader range of devices and across more platforms without the need for device-resident client software, you’ll have less administrative overhead and the ability to distribute applications more broadly. The DSCP updates also include transaction analytics (pictured above) to help customers keep tabs on transaction activity and diagnose performance issues when integrating with back-end systems of record.

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Topics: mobile platform, Platform & Technology

DSI Cloud Solutions: Three Attributes Your Supply Chain Needs in the Cloud

Posted by Patrice Farrell on Nov 24, 2015 12:33:06 PM

Cloud computing is no longer an emerging trend. Adoption is so widespread, various reports find that a majority of businesses are using the cloud in some form. To maintain competitive advantage in this transformed marketplace, the question is no longer when to move to the cloud, but how you get there.

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Topics: DSI Cloud Platform, Platform & Technology

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