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The Journey to B2Bi Compliance & the Implications on Change Management

Posted by Daniel Ford on Mon, Mar 21, 2016

Implementation of new technology and/or business rules can cause an organization to change processes internally and across its trading partner community. 

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Topics: EDI, compliance programs, B2B managed services, change management, B2Bi compliance, Tom Peters

Creating a Fully Integrated Omni-Channel Supply Chain

Posted by Daniel Ford on Tue, Mar 08, 2016

One of the most significant and exciting changes to occur in retail in the past decade has been the introduction and adoption of omni-channel retailing. At the heart of omni-channel retailing is the seamless shopping experience it provides for the consumer through all available shopping channels.

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Topics: EDI, B2B integration, supplier compliance, omni-channel, ecommerce

Fact vs. Myth: EDI

Posted by Daniel Ford on Tue, Feb 16, 2016

There are a lot of misconceptions floating around when it comes to EDI and supply chain processes. Some of these misconceptions are harmless enough, but others…well, it’s time to set the record straight on a few widely held myths. Chances are, you’re familiar with many—if not all—of the following untruths, and you’ve probably even heard decision makers in your organization cite them. The first one we’ll start with is a personal favorite, and needs to be exposed for the falsehood that it is:

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Topics: EDI, EDI integration, vendor compliance, ERP integration, chargebacks, fact vs. myth

7-Step Checklist for SAP B2B “Ecosystem” Integration

Posted by Daniel Ford on Thu, Feb 04, 2016


Regardless of whether you are an existing SAP client or thinking about becoming one, at some point your ERP system is going to need data from your “ecosystem” in order to perform its functions. Your ecosystem is the collection of companies that you depend on to operate your company. This includes your banking relationships, your logistics vendors, your customers and your suppliers. It can even include the government.

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Topics: DiCentral, EDI, EDI integration, managed services, SAP B1, B2B managed services, SAP HANA

EDI Enters its 4th Age: the Managed Services Age — Part 2

Posted by Daniel Ford on Tue, Feb 02, 2016

The following is part two of a two-part series, "EDI Enters its Fourth Age: the Managed Services Age." To read part one of the series, click here.

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Topics: DiCentral, EDI, EDI integration, managed services, Four ages of EDI, managed services age

EDI Enters its 4th Age: the Managed Services Age — Part 1

Posted by Daniel Ford on Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is now over 50 years old and it has become the predominate international mechanism for how companies formally convey business and financial information amongst customers and suppliers. The standards and technologies used to implement EDI have evolved during this time and there have been three distinct Ages in the evolution of inter-enterprise communications:  

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Topics: DiCentral, EDI, EDI integration, managed services, value-added network, pioneer age, Four ages of EDI, internet age

DiCentral Appoints Chuck Adams as EVP of Delivery and Professional Services

Posted by Daniel Ford on Tue, Dec 08, 2015

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Chuck Adams as EVP of delivery and professional services. Adams brings an impressive set of management credentials and over 30 years of experience in the delivery of B2B supply chain solutions, as well as extensive experience in corporate strategy, organization, and operations. 

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Topics: DiCentral, EDI, managed services, supply chain management, DiCentral professional services, Chuck Adams

Arhaus Utilizes DiCentral's Managed EDI Services — Realizes Major Benefits

Posted by Daniel Ford on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Arhaus, a leading provider of unique, high quality, well-designed home furnishings, has successfully implemented and utilized DiCentral's Managed Services solution to increase efficiencies and streamline critical business processes.

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Topics: DiCentral, EDI, managed services, Arhaus, supply chain integration, DiCentral Managed Services

DiCentral Named 2015 Green Supply Chain Award Winner by Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine for the Third Consecutive Year

Posted by Daniel Ford on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

We are proud to announce that DiCentral has been selected by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as one of the highly coveted 2015Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award winners! 

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Topics: DiCentral, EDI, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, Green Supply Chain Award, supply chain integration

DiCentral exhibiting this week at the RVCF Annual Fall Conference

Posted by Daniel Ford on Mon, Nov 09, 2015

We're in Scottsdale, Arizona, this week exhibiting at the 2015 RVCF Annual Fall Conference! If you are attending, be sure to stop by booth #32 and chat with our supply chain integration experts about DiCentral's solutions that help to enhance collaboration and communication between retailers and their vendors.

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Topics: DiCentral, EDI, vendor compliance, retail EDI, RVCF Annual Fall Conference, supply chain integration

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