EDI Technology

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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Transportation Intermediary Association (TIA) Conference 2024

GraceBlood attended the TIA conference last week in Phoenix. First of all, we learned that the logistics industry is full of super-smart and friendly people. The second thing we learned is that there are a lot of opportunities for us to form partnerships in this space. In today’s globalized world,…
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The Ripple Effect: How Retail Acquisitions Impact Supplier EDI Compliance

In 1997, Safeway acquired Vons/Pavilions. Then in 2015, Albertson’s acquired Safeway. And in 2022, Kroger attempted to acquire Albertson’s for $26.4 billion. Fast forward to February of this year and the Federal Trade Commission announced it is filing a lawsuit to block the acquisition stating concerns about the merger being…
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EDI Budgeting Hacks

Three Creative EDI Budget Management Solutions Fall is the time of year when EDI managers start looking at what’s left in the current budget and what projects can be set aside for next year. If, at this time of the year, you find yourself with unspent money in your IT…
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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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Understand EDI Compliance and Eliminate EDI Chargebacks!

Updated July 7, 2023 Photo appears courtesy of Brianna Lehman. As a person who has worked in the EDI area for many years, I have learned that it is not an easy task to always stay current and on top of all of your customer’s EDI compliance requirements. Not only…
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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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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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EDI Consulting: All in a Week’s Work

Picture appears courtesy of Wicker Paradise. Whether you are an EDI Coordinator or Consultant it takes a lot of talent, patience and determination to do a good job.  When you’re consulting with clients in a variety of industries, a good consultant has to wear many hats.  We were thinking over…
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EDI Processing Should be Nimble

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candle stick. Jumping over the candle stick without extinguishing the flame from this famous 19th century nursery rhyme was just a form of fortune telling, sport and good luck. With EDI processing being the majority of a business’ important order…
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The Trials and Tribulations of the EDI 852

Picture appears courtesy of D.C. Atty.  This week’s blog was written Aurora team member Kim Zajehowski.  Many of our clients ask: How can I track our customers’ product sales and on hand inventory? The answer is the EDI 852, also known as the Product Activity Data transaction.  This document can be used…
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EDI 856 Demystified

Most people know that the Advance Ship Notice (ASN), known in EDI language as ANSI X12 856 and in EDIFACT circles as DESADV, is used to communicate details about a shipment to your trading partner.  The ASN typically contains information about the shipment and order details – products shipped with…
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