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Understanding EDI Standards: X12 vs. EDIFACT

In the world of electronic data interchange (EDI), two prominent standards have long dominated the landscape: X12 (US standard) and EDIFACT (European standard). Why should you care about this? In every EDI relationship, you’ll have to adhere to one of these standards. Both are widely used for facilitating the exchange…
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Unleashing Efficiency: GraceBlood’s VelociLink™ Managed EDI Services

GraceBlood’s ubiquitous managed EDI service is getting a bit of a face lift. You may have seen some new branding in recent weeks referring to our VelociLink™ platform. What exactly is VelociLink™ and how can it help you grow your business? In the dynamic landscape of supply chain, where seamless…
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No Longer Sustainable: The Unraveling of Direct-to-Consumer

Spurred largely by the pandemic, the direct-to-consumer (DTC) business model experienced exponential growth, enabling brands to establish a direct connection with consumers, bypassing traditional retail channels. However, the landscape is shifting, and signs suggest that the once seemingly invincible DTC model may no longer be sustainable in its current form.…
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Enhancing Integration Between ERP Resellers & EDI Providers

In the ever-evolving landscape of business technology, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) solutions play pivotal roles in streamlining operations and facilitating seamless communication. While ERP systems manage diverse business processes, EDI acts as the digital bridge for efficient data exchange between trading partners. The symbiosis…
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B2C & B2B Technology Perspectives

It’s almost unheard of in 2023 for a business to not accept credit cards. According to Insiderintelligence.com, in 2022 US companies transacted $3.089 trillion in credit card sales. When you factor in the 2.5% average credit card processing fee, US companies are spending $75B on credit card processing – and…
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Does EDI Outsourcing Really Save Money?

Whether your business is looking to move away from your current in-house EDI solution or move on from a managed EDI provider whose services and solutions didn’t grow with your business, you probably have one question on your mind: Does outsourcing EDI really save money? Maybe you’ve heard horror stories…
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GraceBlood Biography Series: Lisa Crosley

As you may have heard, GraceBlood LLC acquired Aurora Technologies back in October of this year.  We will now be revisiting our Biography Series to include GraceBlood’s amazing team of consultants and today we are featuring Lisa Crosley.  Lisa has been an EDI consultant with GraceBlood for 12 years. She initially worked…
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Prioritizing EDI Tasks

Photo appears courtesy of R/DV/RS. Ping! You hear your email and there’s another one of those “New Requirements” emails from one of your trading partners, Perfection Construction.  Yeah, yeah, I’ll look at it later.  You never get to it because you have Evan in Sales breathing down your neck about…
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The Back-to-School Supply Chain

Photo appears courtesy of Lyn Lomasi. Ever wonder how all those school supplies make it into the extremely crowded “back to school” area of Walmart?  The process involves a tightly connected network of buyers, suppliers, EDI providers, teachers and 29 million households.  The “back to school” supply chain probably starts sometime…
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Too Many Cooks in the EDI Kitchen

Photo appears courtesy of Les Roches Global Hospitality Education. We have spent many years implementing and supporting EDI solutions from Liaison Technologies with both private and public companies, including the military. There is often a “the more the merrier” philosophy when it comes to getting people involved in conference calls…
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Ace the EDI Application Upgrade Process

Updated July 7, 2023 A Little Planning Goes a Long Way Photo appears courtesy of brownpau. How many times have you scheduled an EDI application upgrade, only to find out at the last minute that you haven’t met all of the requirements or that users weren’t informed that the system…
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GraceBlood Biography Series: Shandra Locken

Up next in the Biography Series is GraceBlood’s Sales and Marketing Manager, Shandra Locken.  Shandra first arrived in the EDI world in the spring of 2008, not knowing how to spell EDI.  With the help of her colleagues, she was quoting VAN services and Liaison’s Athena web-based EDI solution within a few weeks.  Had…
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Documenting Your EDI Processes

Photo appears courtesy of Nikki Tysoe. EDI Documentation – the one thing we love to hate but MUST do.  How do you run the inbound 850 process once the data is mapped?  What are common issues that prevent 850s from automatically creating orders?  What do you do if an 810 fails? …
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GraceBlood Biography Series: Kevin Klimek

Next up on our Biography Series is one of our Tech Support superstars, Kevin Klimek.  Kevin has worked for GraceBlood and previous iterations, for 13 years.  What started out as an interest in computers in the mid-90s has, over the course of two decades, developed into a rewarding career. Kevin…
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What Do Smooth Jazz and Efficient EDI Systems Have in Common?

Photo appears courtesy of Elena Gatti. Here at GraceBlood we’re all about jazz-based business. Really! Smooth jazz that is, where clients’ supply and fulfillment transactions flow seamlessly and melodically over integrated EDI & other B2B systems. Smooth jazz, building a downtempo of humming business activity that leaves the key players…
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