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How to Support Omni-Channel Without Abandoning Your Accounting Software

Posted by Peter Edlund on Tue, Aug 23, 2016


I’ve spent much of my career working with small business owners.  During that time I have learned a great deal from them about cash management, entrepreneurialism, making difficult choices, and leadership.  I’ve also learned that small business owners can stretch an investment in infrastructure in ways that still amaze me. 

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Topics: B2B integration, Inventory Management, cloud EDI, QuickBooks ERP

The Amazon Effect: When There’s a Spotlight on Compliance, Automation is Key

Posted by Peter Edlund on Wed, Aug 03, 2016

We are all trying to traverse the Amazon jungle…not the famed wilderness in South America but the retail behemoth that has completely transformed the industry.  Amazon sets the bar not only in terms of the variety of products available but also the speed it can deliver those products to the consumer’s front door. Amazon has made product distribution central to its online retail experience and invested heavily in reducing the delivery time of its products. And, because of its size, it has been able to speed up distribution at a fraction of the cost, putting significant pressure on its competitors.

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When It Comes to the Supply Chain, Healthcare Companies Need to Think Like Retailers

Posted by Peter Edlund on Wed, Jul 13, 2016

Healthcare is a complex industry with many moving parts, from the doctors and nurses who provide care, to the orderlies stocking shelves, to the pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers creating products.

Add to that, healthcare reform which is driving massive amounts of change, including the rise of healthcare consumerism, in which patients are becoming more accountable for their cost of care and expect more from the care experience.

The result: a system that’s ripe for supply chain transformation. 

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Topics: B2B integration, cloud EDI

“Brexit” the Brick-and-Mortar-Only Supply Chain Strategy [Free Checklist  to Take Back your Profit Margins]

Posted by Peter Edlund on Tue, Jul 05, 2016

Recently Great Britain voted to leave the EU. The very next morning, Wall Street tumbled 500+ points after the opening bell. The "Brexit effect"  influences more than just Great Britain and the EU. There's a change in the air that's starting to reshape the way you run your supply chain. 

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Topics: B2B integration, omni-channel EDI

5 Proven Steps to Reduce Costs & Increase Revenue with Buyers

Posted by Peter Edlund on Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Suppliers: you want the capability to take on larger orders and more buyers. But how do you scale your business while juggling the tasks of keeping products in stock, and complying with your customers variable business rules? Every year, buyer’s rules become more demanding and the penalties become more severe.

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Topics: EDI, supply chain, B2B integration, supplier, buyers

3 Steps to Making Sure Your Supply Chain Isn’t Leaking Revenue

Posted by Peter Edlund on Mon, May 23, 2016

The goal of any business owner is to grow: grow their client base, their operations, and, subsequently, their profit margins. Leaders of the world’s most successful companies seek both insight into their organization’s supply chain operations and foresight into future trends in EDI and B2B Integration. Before you can improve your supply chain processes, you need a clear picture of how well you’re collaborating with other members of your supply chain.

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Topics: supply chain, B2B integration, EDI integration, B2B managed services, Supply Chain Evaluation, Self Evaluation

B2Bi 2020 - Five EDI Trends Guiding the Future of B2Bi and Enterprise Resource Planning

Posted by Peter Edlund on Tue, May 10, 2016

In previous blog posts, we have addressed the evolution of EDI and its 50-year history. (EDI Enters its 4th Age: the Managed Services Age Part 1 and EDI Enters its 4th Age: the Managed Services Age Part 2).

EDI (electronic data interchange) and B2Bi (business to business Integration) are complex data collaboration standards that move information between thousands of channels, generating millions of data points that require consistent, proactive monitoring, and maintenance.

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Topics: supply chain, B2B integration, EDI integration, ERP integration, B2B managed services, supply chain collaboration, omni-channel EDI

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

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