and ChainLink Launch Extensive SCM Database
Partnering in SCM software evaluation, this is the most extensive and up to date data base of its kind. ChainLink’s analysts created over two thousand criteria for ten SCM modules. Click here for more information.

The 2003 ASCET (Achieving Supply Chain Excellence through Technology) Volume 5, published by Montgomery Research, has just come out. We are honored to have an article in this document called New Models Require New Metrics outlining new approaches to performance measurement and management in truly global supply chains. To get a copy of this article, click here.

Supplier Retailer Tug of War at the Retail Systems Show
Supply Chain executives proved that they can get up early in the morning to talk about supply chain. ChainLink presented excerpts from our CPG/Retail report at the Retail System Show in Chicago. Click here to request a synopsis of the research that this presentation was based on.

           Bill McBeath presenting at RSS

Important organizations and associations you should be aware of:

  • Vendor Compliance Federation - newly established to deal with the critical compliance issues to improve link performance
  • VCC - dedicated to helping organization implement CPFR
  • The ePC Group, a new organization just launch this month to support the implementation of RFID in Retail
  • Virtual Execs

See the write-ups below.

Vendor Compliance Federation
VCF is one of the nation's fastest growing retail supply chain organizations. VCF is where vendors and retailers come together to optimize compliance, increase supply chain efficiency, integrate processes, and improve product handling in order to prevent chargebacks and dilution. Members include compliance and supply chain experts meeting at regularly scheduled conferences throughout the United States. Call today to join 400 of the nation's top logistics executives and learn from the experts how to increase profits today.

Vendor Compliance Federation
Attn: Kim Zablocky
253 West 35th Street - 6th floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (646) 452-8240
Fax: (212) 279-3900

V.C.C. Associates, Inc.
Robert Bruce established Value Chain Collaboration Associates (VCCA) to provide tailored strategic advisory and consulting services focused on defining a unique customer/consumer value proposition throughout the total value chain. Ron Ireland is a co-founder of the firm and creates a perfect blend of business process and technology expertise. Robert Bruce and Ron Ireland have over 50 years of “Real World” industry knowledge, experience and leadership in the Mass Retail, Grocery, Consumer Product Goods Manufacturing, Aerospace and High Tech market segments. They have led the industry not only with a Practitioner’s knowledge but thought leadership. They have lead the way in best in class and emerging practices that focus on building integrated and collaborative relationships between trading partners throughout the total Value Chain.

Robert Bruce is credited as one of the key initiators and leaders of CFAR during his tenure at Wal-Mart. You can contact him at:

The ePC Group Launch
We hung out with cocktails at the launch on July 8th with Pete Abell in the new offices in Boston of The ePC Group. Peter Abell and John Greaves, acknowledged leaders in the field of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), today announced the formation of the ePC Group, Ltd. The ePC Group’s main business is RFID consulting and implementation at the physical level. The company, with main offices here and subsidiary locations in Chicago, Fort Worth and London, will also enter into joint ventures with specific vertical application providers requiring RFID expertise.

“We are starting the ePC Group to promote the vision that RFID will deliver substantial benefits to all partners in the value chain. Our real-world insight into the challenges facing companies dedicating resources to RFID technology, gained during years of hands-on research in the field, will give our clients an advantage over their competitors,” said Abell and Greaves.

In addition to the two founders, the ePC Group has assembled a global staff of experienced RF engineers and supply chain experts who will form the backbone of the company and deliver its services to the industry. Additional consultants, staff managers and support professionals will be engaged in coming months.

About John Greaves
Known as “Mr. RFID”, he was most recently Director of the Supply Chain Information Systems effort at CHEP, where he implemented an asset-tracking program using the standards he developed as Director of Technology Research and Global Leader of the EAN.UCC-GTAG Project Team.

Greaves chaired the ADC 1 USA committee on standardization of RFID since its founding in 1997 until term limits prevented re-election. Among his other significant credentials are:

  • E.T.S.I. - Standards of spectrum efficiency, frequency management and allocation and Short Range Devices (SRDs) in RFID Technology.
  • US Delegate to ISO/IEC SC31 on Automatic Identification and Data Capture.
  • Member of the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) Intelligent Tagging Work Group
  • Chair of the Global Standards Management Process Asset Business Modeling Group of EAN.UCC

About Pete Abell
Pete Abell, most recently Director of Research, Global Retail at AMR Research, was on the original bar code committees for Jewel Companies in 1973. He initiated and led the RFID coverage at AMR, and has presented at numerous conferences including GCI in Berlin and Retail Systems and RFID Journal in Chicago. His global consulting experience in retail spans more than 20 years.

Abell operated his own consulting firm and developed Electronic Data Interchange Standards in conjunction with Arthur D. Little for the food distribution and other industries that use UPC and/or EAN for information exchange. He helped create technology strategies at several retailers and worked with the more innovative vendors of store level systems to provide Electronic Shelf Labels, Cart Tracking, Point-of-Sale, Smart Cards and Direct Store Delivery systems. Abell was also President of Cashex-West, a Check Guarantee and EFT company servicing multiple retailers in the Midwest and West.

You can reach them at:

An Idea for tough times is gaining professional level temporary executive management. Here are folks who are making it happen in Supply Chain Management.

Founded in 2001, VirtualExecs is a rapidly growing professional services company with an international focus. Our team members have many years of real-life experience in hands-on leadership positions. Whatever your business or your particular need, chances are they've successfully dealt with very similar situations.

They specialize in providing highly skilled Interim Executive Management and on-demand business coaching and mentoring. We partner with Lennox Millar Executive Search to provide clients with an independent, yet complete solution for their short- and long-term business needs such as:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • International Sales & Marketing
  • Organizational development
  • Manufacturing and operations
  • Finance & Administration
  • Human Resources

Based on some of the supply chain performance we have seen, some catalysts may be needed by your firm to get your projects DONE!

You can reach them at:



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