Online Extras: March 2003
- A straightforward description of the data-synchronization process, available here as either a
three-page PDFor as a Microsoft Word document.
"Visibility for Control and Collaboration"diagrams the trifecta of accountability, data acuracy, and supply-chain efficiency.
"viaLink, a Business Process Network"describes the interoperability of the various viaLink modules (sbtLink, syncLink,etc.).
- For a look at the ever-changing nature of the product-data catalog, check out
"Catalog is a Noun, Synchronize is a Verb".
"Scan-Based Trading and Its Imitators"briefly compares SBT and two of its alternatives: Consignment Selling and Pay-by-Scan.
- Looking beyond the present-tense retail experience,
"Optimizing CPFR with Synchronized Data"expands the capabilites of SBT technology to inventory management and Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR).
Scan-based trading (SBT) is not so much about coordinating data as it is about shifting financial risk from seller to supplier. Does this mean that retailers now can force manufacturers to bear the cost of cards until you pay for them?
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In 2001, AMR Research's Pete Abell composed this
In additon, we've secured a sextet of White Papers from viaLink, representing a wide range of Scan-Based Trading issues:
The consultancy Hired Brains prepared a PowerPoint presentation (
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