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Executive brief: 3 Keys to Automated EDI Integration

3keys3001This paper will present the key components of a successful automated integration solution for ERP and EDI without customizations. After reading this paper you'll learn how to gain a competitive advantage with this approach to EDI and ERP integration and how purchasing tools which force customizations to your ERP system can leave you responsible for costly and time consuming modifications to the systems.

Integrating 3pl with Omnichannel Sales Can be a Big Plus

Software-Integration-Services“If you are a retailer without logistics and delivery capability, you have to decide what omnichannel means to you,” says Ram Ganeshan, a professor of business at the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary.

Advanced EDI Documents You Should Be Using

EDM-ImageThe first one is a bit silly. 95% of all EDI users are spokes and they use what their hubs tell them to use. So the only companies that this can possibly apply to are Hubs. But perhaps there is a little bit more. The one that specifically comes to mind is the 820 Remittance Advice. It can be used to both inform your trading partner that they are getting paid and it can instruct the bank to make the payment (SWIFT or ACH).

Why VANs are Important to the Transportation/3PL Industry

service offeringsCustomers turn to logistics services providers (LSPs)/third party logistics (3PLs) companies because they expect them to be able to run their warehousing and transportation operations more efficiently and cheaply than they can run it themselves. These companies need to incorporate new service offerings and respond to new market requirements quickly and easily, while keeping IT costs low.

EDI And Global Commerce Make A Perfect Pair

online-saleIt might seem odd that EDI, data exchange technology that’s been in existence for more than two decades, is the saving grace for global commerce. But, according to James H. Davis, director of sales for Amosoft, an EDI services and solutions entity, a vast majority of all commerce utilizes EDI. “EDI is older technology that continues to be significant in today’s global supply chain,” says Davis.

When and When Not To Deviate From Standards

TechnicalDetailsYes, we wrote an article before on deviating from EDI Standards. Our conclusion was that in-place EDI Standards, coupled with adequate “Trading Partner Conventions” are a very strong and robust set of tools. The Standards are “bigger than a bread box” and hold the possibility of solving any trading partner issues that arise. But this article is DIFFERENT. For simplicity, let's call it more TECHNICAL.

Scorecards vs. Continuous Compliance Monitoring

cycle-300x300Monitoring vendors for compliance is, obviously, a key to both good business and good business relationships. Relationships between retailers and vendors are, at best, complicated and difficult; at worst, as many buyers have painfully learned, the partnership can become chaotic and nearly impossible.

Missed Opportunities For Not Using EDI and How Easy It Is

OpportunityOpportunities abound in the retail industry; it is just a case of searching them out. Solutions and getting help are not the problem. Let's see what pops right out at us: (1) trading partner collaboration; (2) transportation management; (3) pull, don't push (4) drop-ship

Outsourcing Compliance Optimization

optimizationAll suppliers, including the ones who communicate in a clear and timely fashion, and who consistently deliver on time, need to be monitored. Compliance optimization, which includes tracking and identifying performance issues and communicating issues to suppliers, pays off for both parties. When supply chain problems are identified at a detailed level, addressed, and fixed, the retailer-supplier partnership benefits. It becomes more efficient and more profitable.

The Interplay Of Dropship And Omni-Channel

omnichannel retailAccording to eMarketer, the number of smartphone users worldwide will surpass two billion in 2016. Moreover, the company says not only will tablet users number more than one billion in 2015, it projects that figure will reach 1.48 billion by the year 2018.

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