Connected Supply Chain Show

Annual Evaluation of Supply Chain Efficiency Needs to Include the EDI Provider

Posted by Steve Scala on Mon, Dec 19, 2016

EDI technologies are a core component in delivering supply chain efficiency for retailers.  EDI providers often work with retailers to get on the “preferred referral list” such that the get recommended by retailers to suppliers looking for an EDI solution.   Clearly, the supplier is going to evaluate the recommended EDI provider. 

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Topics: EDI, B2B integration

4 Supply Chain Trends that Should Be on Your Radar Now

Posted by Peter Edlund on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

 

Running an efficient supply chain in a market driven by ecommerce and higher customer expectations requires sharing information in real time to speed up transactions, making accurate business decisions, and improving planning to ensure customers have access to the products they want, when they want them. But seamless collaboration between suppliers and retailers is challenging, resulting in higher costs and issues in meeting customer demands.

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Topics: EDI, supply chain, B2B integration

A Simple, But Critical Step, In Your Next ERP Project

Posted by Peter Edlund on Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Several years ago, I received a phone call from a frantic CIO.  He had been in his role at a mid-sized retailer a short time, and was at the tail end of a significant Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System implementation. It was a major project, had been underway for many months, and they were just about ready to launch.

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Topics: EDI, B2B integration, ERP integration

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

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 among 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

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