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TaimoorZ
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Re: Supply chain information
TaimoorZ   11/16/2012 9:49:54 AM
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"Times change and the people working in the supply chain change as well. Younger generations prefer methods like social media or texting as a form of communication and the supply chain will need to adapt."

@Greg: I agree times have changed and people have a strong liking towards social media. However, we're talking about companies here not people. Are companies ready to put their information on social media so the channel partners can access? Will they get anything out of it if they choose to do so?

Greg Riemer
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Greg Riemer   11/16/2012 9:45:10 AM
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It's all about how people receive information. 20 years ago would you have said why email, you can call or fax? Times change and the people working in the supply chain change as well. Younger generations prefer methods like social media or texting as a form of communication and the supply chain will need to adapt. I think Adrian does a really nice job highlighting what I'm talking about in this post http://logisticsviewpoints.com/2012/06/06/why-companies-arent-using-social-media-for-supply-chain-management/.

TaimoorZ
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Re: Supply chain information
TaimoorZ   11/15/2012 4:59:07 PM
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"When I think of social media in the supply chain I'm referring to the sharing of information through various channels, not posting on FB. Maybe in the end it's an application within those well-known channels or maybe it's a new channel."

@Greg: I'm still not sold on how social media is being used in the supply chain. If you have to share information, why not do it through mediums like Emails, SMS or even EDI. Why involve social media in it?

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Re: Supply chain information
Barbara Jorgensen   11/15/2012 1:33:32 PM
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@Greg: thanks for the link. great article.

Greg Riemer
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Greg Riemer   11/15/2012 10:55:36 AM
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@ZTaimoorZ I think the adoption of leveraging social channels and application within the supply chain and specifically electronics is slower than other industries. However I still believe it is coming. Look at GE, http://sloanreview.mit.edu/feature/ges-colab-brings-good-things-to-the-company/ and what they are now doing. If they see success other companies will follow and it will become more widely used. When I think of social media in the supply chain I'm referring to the sharing of information through various channels, not posting on FB. Maybe in the end it's an application within those well-known channels or maybe it's a new channel.

TaimoorZ
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Re: Supply chain information
TaimoorZ   11/15/2012 9:56:35 AM
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@Greg: Do you really think social media will play or is playing an important role in supply chain? From what I've observed, since people try to link every other field with social media, the same happened with supply chain too. I don't see many productive ways in which social media is supporting electronic supply chain today.

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Mobile devices
TaimoorZ   11/15/2012 9:52:08 AM
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Interesting post, Jennifer. I think as mobile devices become more common, many companies are trying to give access to their supply chain information systems through smartphone apps. This adds to another challenge in the area of supply chain integritty and security when it comes to information safety.

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Greg Riemer   11/14/2012 5:25:52 PM
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Very interesting post. I assume Gartner's reason behind the 2017 number comes from their assumption that social platforms will be expanded into the supply chain and the ability to communicate and share data will become easier which in turn will create security threats. The question might become "does the ability to communicate and share data outweigh the concerns around IT supply chain integrity?" As Adrian Gonzalez pointed out in a recent blog http://logisticsviewpoints.com/2012/07/25/searching-for-metrics-quantifying-the-value-of-social-media-in-supply-chain-management/ "When it comes to using social media in supply chain management, we're still in the "early observer" stage." Until more companies adopt social media it might be difficult to tell if the risk will increase.

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Supply chain information
Barbara Jorgensen   11/14/2012 4:04:33 PM
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Hey Jenn: As I indicated in the EBN newsletter, I first thought this was a report on hacking. Clearly, it's not, and that worries me more. OK, I get that forecasts (and other data) are imperfect, and that every layer data passes through may distort the data even more. But is seeking out more data really the answer? Are OEMs so removed from their customers that they're turning to Facebook and Twitter? If that's the case, then the supply chain as we know it (a confidential two-way information sharing system) has been a complete waste of time. The supply chain should work on the data it already gets before moving farther up, or down, the demand chain.



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