The Aurora EDI Alliance Press ~ Volume 1 Issue 1 ~ February 14, 2012

Welcome Note
Welcome to the premier edition of the Aurora EDI Alliance Press!  The Aurora EDI Alliance Press will be a quarterly newsletter dedicated to current issues, events and newsworthy items surrounding both EDI technology and the Aurora EDI Alliance.  The Aurora EDI Alliance is a tightly knit group of U.S. companies specializing in the implementation and maintenance of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) solutions in a variety of industries.  We are recognized experts in EDI, and can also provide consulting, system analysis, design, development, and training services as well. 

Easy Trade Adds Additional Document to Target
Easy Trade, our hosted spreadsheet solution, has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last few years.  In addition to CVS, our first retailer, we are now working with Target, Rite Aid, Veteran's Canteen Service (VCS), C & S Wholesalers, 7-Eleven, Wegman's and Wakefern.  Our newest addition is the Target 850 purchase order.  We are happy to announce that we now can send all Target suppliers the 850 purchase order!

Blog Highlight: Is EDI Dead?
A discussion on how EDI is not a dying technology, but actually thriving by constantly evolving to meet the demands of modern business.  

Ten years ago there was a lot of talk that EDI was going away and would be replaced by something better.  Well, that has not happened!  Most of our customers continue to add more trading partners to their EDI workflow process, not only because their customers or vendors require it, but because... read more.

Have you checked out our blog yet?  Sarah Herbst of TX did and she was the winner of our From EDI to Electronic Commerce book giveaway...congratulations to Sarah!

Macy's Now Requiring RFID Tagging
Macy's and Bloomingdale's will start requiring item level RFID tagging in ten categories starting February in all 810 stores and distribution centers in 45 US states, DC, Guam and Puerto Rico.  Macy's has preapproved eleven different tag models from three different manufacturers and twenty samples must be submitted for validation and approval.  Any tags not on the preapproved list must be submitted for quality evaluation.  This new requirement will allow for better inventory accuracy and ultimately less out of stocks.  Suppliers can then rest easy knowing their products are on the shelves.  For more information click here.

Aurora's Hosted Services
Did you know that the Aurora EDI Alliance offers Hosted EDI services?  We have deployed the strengths of the Liaison Delta and ECS software to offer a simple Hosted EDI solution.  With a licensed version of the software residing on a secure dedicated server in the cloud, we will manage and monitor every aspect of your EDI process.  This includes developing the mapping and coordinating communications between you and your trading partners.  This Hosted EDI solution performs testing of your documents and will monitor all of your transactions once you are live with your trading partners.  We pass the data to/from your system to our server with FTP or secure FTP.  Thus far, we have integrated with HarrisData, Seasoft and APLUS.  Click here to learn more.
Technical Terminology Time
EAI (Enterprise Application Integration)  - Wikipedia defines this term as " integration framework composed of a collection of technologies and services which form a middleware to enable integration of systems and applications across the enterprise."  In English, this term is the phrase used when you are referring to the idea that all of your systems can communicate with one another.  Your accounting application "talks" to your EDI, your EDI "talks" to your warehouse management software, your warehouse management software "talks" to your e-commerce website, and so on and so forth.  And yes, this is possible!  Ask us how.

Customer Spotlight
School Health has been an Aurora EDI Alliance customer for more than two years  They are the leading supplier of medical equipment and health supplies for schools across the US.  School Health offers innovative tools such as vision screening kits and critical equipment like AEDs.  Located in Hanover Park, IL, this family run business has been offering quality products since 1957.  To learn more, check out their blog here and follow them on Facebook and Twitter

February Fun Facts
EDI newsletter- Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine's Day in the late 1800s.
- 15% of U.S. women send themselves flowers on Valentine's Day.
- Approximately one billion Valentines are sent out each year worldwide.