Implementation of Multiple Trading Partners

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Supply chain managers face specific issues when attempting to add multiple partners to the supply chain. While they know that adding these partners can boost their productivity and efficiency, they are not sure how to do it effectively. There are four things to keep in mind when adding multiple partners to your supply chain. If you keep these things in mind, you can add trading partners without any problems.

Connect Your Partners

When implementing multiple trading partners, you must make sure that everyone is connected. Cloud-based technologies are popular since these technologies work on various systems. This saves money, since companies do not have to purchase the same systems or spend lots of money on software that takes up a lot of space.

When connecting, you also want to make sure it is as easy as possible to share information. That means you need to have any-to-any data format conversion so all of your trading partners can access information.

Be Visible

Connecting is not enough. All trading partners must also be visible on the network. Everyone on that network needs to have the information necessary to do their jobs. That means everyone should be able to look at business processes, invoices, and other information. You can set up your supply chain management platform to give everyone access to the information they need. The more trading partners you get, the more important this is.


Compliance is very important in energy trading. When implementing multiple trading partners, you must ensure that everyone is NAESB compliant. You can do this by using an NAESB compliant service. You can also use auditing to ensure that everyone is compliant at all times. This will keep your supply chain on track.


As you add more trading partners to your network, you must look at analytics to make sure that the work is flowing properly. Analytics will help you determine if you are running an efficient supply chain. As you add more trading partners to your supply chain, this becomes increasingly important. A failure to look at analytics could derail your entire supply chain.

The more partners you have, the more money you can make, as long as you manage your supply chain properly. If you keep these four things in mind, that will not be a problem. You will be productive and efficient. That will help you maximize your profits in the industry.

Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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