benefits of EDI

Do You Know Your Customer’s EDI Guidelines?

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 requirements. Not only are your customers always enhancing their…
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The Need for Speed: Software, Hardware and Everything In Between

Picture appears courtesy of Fritz van Eerd – Hockenheim. A consultant we work with started his software company in 1976 and bought a computer for development.  It had 48K of RAM (that’s ‘K’, not ‘MB’) and 12MB of disk space (that’s ‘MB’, not ‘GB’).   It cost about $70,000.00 (that’s 1976…
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Wrangling 3PL EDI Documents

Photo appears courtesy of Will Thomas.  I’ve always said that EDI and data Integration in the Freight/Logistics/Distribution/3PL industry is like the Wild West.  Rather than the traditional PO, invoice and ASN documents we all know in retail, the 3PL’s use of “standards” can be more like riding a bucking bronco. Communications can…
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Integration Expertise a Must for Webstores

Photo appears courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik.  Do you have a separate solution for every business process?  There’s one company that handles your Webstore, one that that deals with your warehousing, another vendor for your ERP and the list goes on.  No one really knows what the others are doing and you…
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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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Common Misconceptions about On-Premise EDI Software

Photo appears courtesy of William Warby.  I have a customer using a web-based EDI solution and they are just too big for it.  They are currently weighing their options.  But it got me thinking, how many organizations are out there using a solution that is really not working for them?  Reasons why…
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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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EDI and the Internet of Things (IoT)

I teach some college classes and have been working on some material to add to my Management Information Systems class.  The topic I have been researching is The Internet of Things (IoT) which is one of the top 5 hottest trends in IT right now (along with Cloud, Big Data,…
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Five Reasons to be Grateful for EDI Integration

For your reading pleasure, we are reprinting our Thanksgiving blog.  Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving from the Aurora EDI Alliance! This is the time of year, before the holiday bustle really begins, that we can reflect on what we’re grateful for.  This is what Thanksgiving is all about.  And whether you…
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