Supply Chain

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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Streamline Your EDI Transactions with Electronic Trading Profiles

Updated July 7, 2023 You’ve taken your first steps as a small business owner—you have a website, business cards, a line card, and other collateral for your business. You’ve implemented or will soon implement some degree of EDI capability. Your next step is to put that EDI to use with…
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Purchase Order Confirmation Rates: Navigating Amazon’s New Chargebacks

Photo appears courtesy of Wendy. Amazon recently announced a new type of chargeback that will initially impact Hardlines’ Vendor Central suppliers. While this might not seem to apply to you or your other trading relationships today, Amazon more and more (like Walmart in the past) is a bellwether when it…
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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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What is an SDQ Purchase Order?

SDQ (Ship Destination Quantity) purchase orders are also referred to as spreadsheet or explosion orders.  These types of EDI orders can create efficiency gains by eliminating redundant data that would need to be sent on multiple non-SDQ orders.  This reduction of data is accomplished by sending the header data only…
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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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A CEO’s Guide to Supplier Enablement

Photo appears courtesy of Dan4th Nicholas.  You’ve been doing EDI for years.  You’ve got a phenomenal software package (extra points if it’s Liaison’s Delta/ECS).  Your top 30%, 40%, even 50% of your supply chain is connected through EDI document exchanges.  You have eliminated most manual processes.  And through the use of…
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