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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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Pajama Day AKA Working from Home

Photo appears courtesy of Marco Verch. Do I really wear pajamas when I work from home?  A bathrobe and slippers?  Not really, but since I go to the gym daily after my workday, I do wear workout clothes and sneakers.  That is a huge savings on not having to have…
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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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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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Are Your EDI Maps Made of Straw, Wood or Brick?

Over the years as EDI consultants, we have done modifications to many maps-ones we created and ones created by others. We have seen a great variety of maps, from well thought out and well constructed to “what were they thinking!” Once an EDI map is written, tested, and in production it should run 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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Top 7 EDI Solution Considerations

All too often, organizations choose an EDI solution quickly and based solely on a mandate handed down from their customer.  They may choose whatever solution their customer recommends or find one by doing a quick Google search.  This is not always prudent and can lead to headaches down the road.…
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Why You Should Upgrade Your EDI Software

Having just recently been through the process of selling software upgrades, we have presented every conceivable reason why this a good idea and have heard every conceivable objection. I myself am guilty of not upgrading! Every time I touch my iPhone I get a message that I haven’t upgraded to…
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