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InterTrade delivers original and insightful articles about EDI and Supply Chain Management, keeping you up to date with important industry information.
Four decades after the idea of protecting the environment became popularized in the United States, integrating a philosophy of environmental sustainability with business practices has become a vital consideration for companies around the world. From primary manufacturers to global retailers, transportation providers to warehousing services, sustainability is a consideration that must be addressed by any serious business plan, budget, or purchasing policy created today.
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In today’s e-commerce environment, it is more important than ever that your data is available to business partners and that you’re both speaking the same language. Whether you store and communicate your catalogue manually or electronically, industry standards and best practices must be respected. With electronic catalogs and EDI being the wave of the future (and the present), it is even more critical to get on board and establish compliance.
For companies today, the standardization of production and branding processes is crucial to the development of a successful business. The most successful consumer-focused companies in the world – think McDonalds, or Coca-Cola – incorporate an unwavering set of production, packaging and branding standards in their business models to ensure that the customer experience is practically identical no matter where in the world their products are consumed. This standards-based approach has led to unprecedented success for these companies, and fostered long-term brand loyalty among their customers.
The retail landscape looks very different than it did ten years ago. Today’s retail shopping experience is defined first and foremost by the customer, who has unprecedented choice in regards to which products they buy, where they buy them, as well as when and how they make their purchases.
The automotive aftermarkets of the United States and Canada encompass all secondary markets that exist outside the primary market of automotive manufacturing, including commercial activities relating to the manufacture and distribution of parts, equipment, accessories, retailing and repairs that take place after a vehicle is sold by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM).
Consumers have always had choices, but in recent years, buying options have grown exponentially with the increased popularity and accessibility of online shopping. Corporate Merchandisers, too, can sometimes get overwhelmed by the information they have to process when making a buying decision. So many products from so many vendors – how will you stand out?
There are many operational benefits realized by organizations as a result of having a personalized relationship with their EDI, catalog or VAN provider. Whether from the perspective of client or service provider, it’s well understood that effective business interactions are built upon open channels of communication and the establishment of a sense of trust between all parties.
The benefits of suppliers using an online catalogue are numerous. Its digital form allows users to perform regular updates quickly and easily at zero cost, ensuring the accuracy of product data when it is presented to a wide client base. Furthermore, the changes made are immediately available for buyers to see. In an increasingly competitive business environment, the ability to provide updated product information quickly can lead to additional market opportunities and put your sales people one step ahead of the competition.