There are two primary technical challenges to the success of any VMI relationship.
The first is that customers will send data in a format of their choice and over their preferred medium of communication.
Depending on how many customers are in your VMI program, this can involve a mix of Excel, ASCII, EDI, XML, etc. formats over
Email, FTP Servers, Web Portals and EDI Networks. Managing all this manually can take a great deal of time and opens up the process to
The second challenge is what to do with the data. The type of information will differ from customer to customer. Some will send
point-of-sale information leaving it up to you to produce a forecast, others will send firm demand along with a long-term forecast, some
will send their production schedules, some will send P.O. information, some will not... it will vary.