The top four challengers for suppliers in E-commerce

Every supplier wants to expand so that the Increasing sales increases can power growth, which in turn leads to more expansion. However, as good as growth is for an organization, it is only a boon if the company prepares for some of the challenges that come with more retailers and buyers. Let’s look at some of the challenges suppliers face when adding new clients:

Multiple requirements from retailers

It is fair to say that no two retailers will have the same requirement. The processes, expectations, and requirements will vary from each client. The issue is bigger if you handle drop shipping, where different customers of different clients will each have different requirements. The operational and mental overhead is immense. The only way to get around the issue to have an understanding of their requirements in advance, so everyone is prepared.

Managing inventory

Maintain transparency of your inventory with your customers. With technology like EDI, orders come in every second and customers expect the items to ship out the same day. Update the client with your inventory and keep them in the loop for any changes. Also, take seasonal requirements and other trends into account when maintaining inventory.

Scaling

As soon as you establish a relationship with a new retailer, don’t expose your entire catalog. Present only a certain amount of your catalog and scale up the availability as you and the client become comfortable with the systems and processes. Failing to ramp up gradually can result in overwhelmed systems and staff.

Article by Act Data Services, Inc. 1-800-ACT-DATA. Concentrate all your orders in one place with asn software from Act Data.

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The Basics of Integrating a Command Center for Your Business

Are you looking into a command center for your organization? Well, you’re one of the many owners that’s making a wise decision. For one, command centers can provide your company with unprecedented security measures and a global eye that can survey any segment of your business with relative ease. Here are some steps that’ll help you get started.

 

How Much is too Much?

 

First off, you’ll want to consider how much you want to invest into your command center. As great as it would be to have a high-tech network operations center video wall integrated, you want to ask yourself if it’s worth it. Is your company that large in scale that it requires a full-fledged operating center that’s staffed with dozens of specialists? If not, you could easily have a much smaller center that can work on LED video wall displays and a few employees running the show.

 

Work With an Experienced Contractor

 

Another priority that you’ll have to consider is finding the right contractor that’ll create your command center from the ground up. Companies like ConstantTech.com and other A/V integrators are highly recommended due to their knowledge and years of experience. Speaking of which, experience in the field is one of the primary aspects of the hiring process. Don’t consider contractors that do not have a solid track record. Doing so may result in a loss when it comes to your investment as well as a huge headache to add to it.

 

Final Thoughts

 

Whether you’re a large company or a smaller business, having a command center that operates completely on its own can be a huge benefit for you. With so many companies integrating these centers into their business plans, it’s no wonder they’re taking off so quickly. Just remember to keep an eye out on your initial investment so you don’t allocate a significant amount that’s worth more than you can afford.

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How to access content blocked on your network

As the recent crisis in Sri Lanka revealed, a country or authority can block any content at will. Even if censorship does not exist in your country, there might come a time when the courts or legal authority authorize the blocking of a site or online service for commercial or copyright issues. Fortunately, there are a few ways that we can get around blocks of that nature:

VPN

The most common and obvious solution is to get a VPN service that connects you to the network in another country. There are hundreds of VPN services and applications that allow you to connect to their nodes in various countries. The paid services are better as some of the free VPN hosts are possible scams and security concerns.

Proxy

A cheaper, and less obvious method is to use one of the many web traffic proxies online. A proxy uses a computer in another location to fetch your web requests. The only issue is that proxy services will not allow you to use other services like streaming, and downloads. You can also set up your own proxy server, but you will need to pay for a virtual private server online.

DNS

Another common issue is that networks block traffic to certain domains by hijacking DNS requests. Getting around this is a little harder because it involves one of two options: 1) set up and run your own DNS server, or 2) set manual entries for the sites that you want to access in your host’s file.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: What we know so far

With just one month to go before Samsung unveils the new Galaxy S9 at the Mobile World Congress, the leaks are coming in thick and fast. Here is what we know so far:

Price

The news does not look so good in pricing terms. Thanks to Apple, other manufacturers are getting comfortable increasing flagship phone prices. The S9 will sell for between 950,000 won and 999,000 Won in Korea, which equates to about $895 to $935, which is about $100 more than the S8.

Updates

The rumor mill says that although Samsung will headline a few new features on the S9, the phone itself will sport very little new tech. Instead, we are looking at a minor year-on-year upgrade and won’t see anything that resembles an iPhone X style jump.

Camera

One of the key new features according to rumors will be a super-slow-mo camera. The S9+ will probably get dual lenses to differentiate the plus model from the standard S9. Reports say that the camera will record video at 1080p with frame rates as high as 480 frames per second.

Biometrics

Another new feature is the biometric authentication on the phone. It is likely that Samsung will include both a facial scanner and a fingerprint scanner. We do not know if the phone will support under screen fingerprint scanning.

There is no doubt that the S9 will sell well, even as an incremental update, but Samsung will need to start showing proper differentiation if it intends to increase its share of the market.

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Dealing with a server room cooling crisis

The biggest nightmare for anyone operating a data center is a failure of the server room air conditioner. All server room environments will have some form of redundancy, but even if you test the infrastructure for failure, there is a high chance that both the primary and the secondary systems will fail.

A computer room air conditioner is a piece of mechanical equipment and anything mechanical, however well-built, is in danger of failure. The best course of action is to prepare all the information you need emergency cooling.

The most basic information you will need are the dimensions of the room. No need for exact measurements, most server rooms have floor tiles that you can use to approximate the size. Note the potential locations for portable a/c units. MovinCool.com has units that fit in even the smallest of spaces.

Next, you will need a list of all the equipment in the room, including servers, switches, routers, and UPS units. Make a separate list of equipment that you can shut down during an emergency, which will save on the amount of emergency cooling.

Note the amount of power you can supply to an emergency cooling unit. Industrial cooling requires a lot more power than domestic devices. If the power levels are not adequate to run proper portable a/c units, then upgrade the circuits as quickly as possible.

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Smart speaker news

For most people, their first smart home device will be a smart speaker. It makes sense that you will buy a device that can control others before you invest in smart lights and appliances. The current market leader in the smart speaker space is the Amazon Echo. A lot of people who bought the original Echo also bought Echo Dot’s to complement the device and place around the house. In fact, most reviewers rate the Echo Dot as the best smart speaker because it is cost-effective, compact, and has the same functionality as the larger Echo. A lot is going on in the smart speaker space at the moment, here are some highlights:

Amazon will release several new Alexa-enabled devices this year. There is the Echo Plus, the Echo Spot, the Echo Show, and the new Echo. All of these devices form a complete line-up of devices that hit every price point and feature. Some devices are touch-enabled while others are voice-only.

Apple will start selling the HomePod, its smart speaker powered by Siri. The initial focus is on the integration between the HomePod and Apple Music. Apple is looking to the millions of Apple Music subscribers as an initial market before making the device more smart-home capable.

Even Samsung is jumping into the smart speaker market. “Maybe soon we will announce it. I am already working on it.” Says Samsung Mobile president DJ Koh. Samsung acquired personal voice assistant Bixby which powers the assistant on the S8 smartphone.

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