EDI Documentation

Change in EDI is the Only Constant

Photo appears courtesy of Gabriel Villena. The only thing that is constant in EDI is change.  Coming up on 30 years in EDI we’re observing lots of change in our customer’s EDI. Companies are moving to new VAN or adopting AS2 after sometimes decades on one of the older VANS. Along…

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…

EDI Application Upgrade: A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

Photo appears courtesy of brownpau. How many times have you scheduled to do an EDI application upgrade only to find out you have not met all of the requirements the day of the upgrade or that users were not informed that the system would be unavailable during upgrade time? The…

You Need the Luck o’ the Irish with EDI

Photo appears courtesy of JD Hancock. I would have to say implementing and running a successful EDI system is 35% exceptional EDI software, 55% experienced EDI consultants and 10% good old-fashioned luck.  So what can happen when you DON’T have the luck o’ the Irish?  Bad things, very bad things.  Here’s a list of some…

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…