Where do retail professionals get their supply chain questions answered? One source is the SafeSourcing Wiki?

August 13th, 2009

It’s know surprise to anyone reading this post that retail supply chain jobs have never been the most glamorous or sought after jobs. As such access to sources of accurate information is criticle. The SafeSourcing Wiki is just such a source.

It’s know surprise to anyone reading this post that retail supply chain jobs have never been the most glamorous or sought after jobs. As such access to sources of accurate information is criticle. The SafeSourcing Wiki is just such a source.

The reality is that even though these jobs lack glamour, they are some of the most complex and at times tedious of jobs. To often the research associated with these jobs is left to interns, new hires, internal transferees and other folks that quite frankly would like to make their mark and move on rather than continue to research supply chain issues and what seems as strange terminology. So, where do these associates turn for that inforamtion?

One place would be on line information such as a wiki. The obvious next question is just what is a WIKI? And, why the need for the SafeSourcing Wiki?

According to the king of all wikis, Wikipedia; a wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. For example, the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis. Wikis are used in businesses to provide affordable and effective intranets and for knowledge management. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki, originally described it as “the simplest online database that could possibly work”.

“Wiki” is a reduplication of “wiki”, a Hawaiian word for “fast”. It has been suggested that “wiki” means “What I Know Is”.

So, what is a SafeSourcing Wiki? Since SafeSourcing is a company dedicated to retail e-procurement that is safety in the supply chain and to environmental consciousness, it makes sense that the SafeSourcing Wiki would be a specialized wiki ( in this case retail e-procurement) that concentrates at a minimum on any or all of the following.

1. Retail procurement terms and links.
2. Safety standards and definitions and links.
3. Environmental certifications and definitions and links.
4. Educational content for procurement and supply chain professionals.
5. Procurement templates for commonly sourced products and services.

The nice thing about wikis is that the definitions are not static. Authorized users can add to definitions or add definitions and terms as well as rate the site. In this way a body of work can grow from the contribution of all users and help to provide a reliable source of data for professionals in a specialized field.

Please feel free to visit the safesourcing wiki regularly and offer your comments, terms, definitions and suggestions. This section of the SafeSourcing website is free tool, and it is for your use as a procurement and supply chain professional, the most difficult job in retail.

We appreciate and look forward to your opinions.

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