Forum Shares Keys to Successful VMI Implementations

Enterprise Data Management (EDM), Cincinnati, recently held its first Datalliance Customer Forum. Datalliance is a complete electronic commerce service that combines comprehensive VMI (vendor managed inventory) functionality and advanced system design to allow collaboration between suppliers and their distributors across the Internet.

Approximately 75 percent of the Datalliance customer companies were represented at the two-day forum. Two panel discussions highlighted the program, one conducted by suppliers and one by distributors. The supplier panel included Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee; and the distributor panel included McNaughton-McKay, Madison Heights, Mich. Both panels shared insights on the keys to successful VMI implementations and some of the issues and challenges they encountered along the way.

“Every company here shares the same interest in VMI,” commented one attendee, “so we all gain insight from talking with each other about how we are using VMI to improve our businesses.”

EDM's Datalliance is a comprehensive VMI-based e-commerce service that enables suppliers and their customers to establish effective VMI relationships quickly and easily as well as facilitating collaboration across the Internet.

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