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Don't build a wall, build a bridge: How working with suppliers can improve data flow.


As a wholesale or retail company, it's crucial to have accurate and timely data from manufacturers to manage your inventory and make informed decisions. However, some customers impose unique delivery requirements for ACES, PIES, and digital assets that fall outside of the manufacturer's normal operations. These requirements can cause delays in the flow of data and ultimately result in not receiving catalog data in a timely fashion.


To avoid these issues, it's important to understand that building walls between yourself and suppliers is not the solution. Instead, the goal should be to build a bridge for smooth and efficient communication and data flow.


One way to achieve this is by working with manufacturers to understand their existing processes and systems. This can help identify areas where the customer's requirements may be causing delays or additional work for the manufacturer. By understanding these issues, the customer can work with the supplier to find mutually beneficial solutions that minimize the impact on the supplier's operations.


Another important aspect is to be open to feedback and collaboration. By being open to feedback and suggestions from the supplier, the customer can ensure that they are aware of any issues or concerns that the supplier may have, and work together to find solutions.


In conclusion, as a wholesale or retail company, it's important to build a bridge, not a wall, with your suppliers. By working together, you can minimize any barriers that may slow down the flow of data and find mutually beneficial solutions for smooth and efficient communication and data flow. It's a win-win situation for both parties.

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