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9 Ways Moving to the Cloud Can Drive Productivity for Distributors

Thu, Jan 23, 2020 @ 01:39 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in cloud, distribution, Microsoft Dynamics 365

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This post was reprinted with permission by EnavateOriginal article written by Sean Kracklauer, Enavate's Chief Revenue Officer. Maximum productivity. It’s the holy grail of business, and with good reason. Because, as every distribution business leader knows, when you streamline processes, you increase margins and, if done well, improve the customer experience and grow sales.

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EDI Alliance Year in Review

Fri, Dec 20, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in HIPAA, B2B, mapping, Easy-Trade, CVS Health

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Photo appears courtesy of Paul Wilkinson. There are a few notablesthat defined 2019 at the EDI Alliance.  These trends will continue into next year as we keep streamlining our processes, celebrating wins, learning from our mistakes and most importantly – helping our clients be successful. 

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Five MORE Reasons to be Grateful for EDI Integration

Wed, Nov 27, 2019 @ 03:05 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI integration, Walmart, EDI, Integration, B2B integration, webservices

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Photo appears courtesy of Eli Christman.  Many years ago we published a blog entitled Five Reasons to be Grateful for EDI Integration.  I considered reprinting it, because well, I think it is still relevant today.  But then I thought, there are more than FIVE, so here is a brand new blog, with five MORE reasons to be grateful for EDI and B2B integration. As for me, I am grateful to work with an amazing team of talented integration specialists.  What are YOU grateful for this year?

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FORRESTER’S CLEAR CASE FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS 365 AND THE CLOUD: 60% ROI

Fri, Nov 01, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in technology, cloud, cloud computing, ERP integration, B2B integration, B2B

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This blog was written by Robert Ruppert, Regional Sales Manager for Enavate, and reprinted with permission.  Leading technology research firm Forrester recently interviewed seven Microsoft Dynamics 365 customers that implemented the cloud-based ERP to replace aging, siloed ERP systems that offered bad user experiences.

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Keeping Up with Changing E-Commerce Technology

Thu, Sep 12, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in e-commerce, Liaison Delta/ECS, amazon, Walmart, B2B software

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Photo appears courtesy of Courtney Carmody.  The Amazons and the Walmarts of the world are growing so fast, their vendors can barely keep up.  Amazon has roughly a gazillion vendor types...FBA and FBM oh my!  Meanwhile Walmart has so many vendors you scarcely understand who you're buying from when you "add to cart."  One issue that continues to haunt these vendors is when technology requirements change.  

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EDI Academy Fall Schedule

Tue, Sep 10, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI education, HIPAA, EDI Training, EDI Academy

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Photo appears courtesy of John Walker.  We occasionally get asked where can one get EDI training.  We are happy to post the following schedule for the EDI Academy for the fall 2019 schedule.  Whether you're new to EDI or a seasoned veteran - they have something for everyone.  For more information, visit them at their website or shoot them email at info@ediacademy.com.  

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Walmart for Business Shows B2B Aspirations and Google Builds a Retail Marketplace

Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, amazon, Walmart, B2B

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Photo appears courtesy of Walmart.  This blog was written by Ian Heller, President and COO of Modern Distribution Management and reposted with permission.  Walmart.com has grown very quickly since the company acquired Jet.com in 2014. One of the outcomes was that Marc Lore, Jet.com’s CEO and co-founder, became the CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S. Several other Jet executives remained with Walmart and have generated a great deal of growth for the world’s largest retailer – including a 37% jump in online sales in the first quarter of its current fiscal year. Much of this is coming from Walmart’s third-party marketplace. Just like Amazon, Walmart allows many other companies to sell on its website. 

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The Back to School Supply Chain

Fri, Aug 02, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, Walmart, EDI, back to school, distribution

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Photo appears courtesy of Trending Topics 2019.  It's #flashbackfriday!  Since I just went shopping for my third graders' school supplies, I thought now was a great time to reprint our "back to school" blog.  Enjoy!  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 in the spring, when buyers all over the US predict what will be most in demand for the coming school year.  Will the pre-sharpened Ticonderoga pencils be available or not?  Will pencil top erasers be on the supply lists?  And will there be enough glue sticks for the two dozen each parent will be required to buy?  As I walked around Walmart this year, frantically looking for everything on my twins' supply lists, it occurred to me none of these people have any idea what led up to this chaos.

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The Future of Business Visibility: Introducing Syncrofy

Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI document, EDI, dashboard, business transaction, data, Syncrofy

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Photo appears courtesy of Peter. We dropped some hints in previous blogs and the unveiling is finally here!  We are now offering an EDI visibility tool called Syncrofy, and it very well may change the way you do business.  

Syncrofy provides self-service EDI insights without the need for IT support, allowing you to search, view, and analyze data right from your browser. You can build dynamic dashboards and reports and set up rules to monitor for errors and receive notifications, allowing you to act before problems arise.
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Mindfulness at NEECOM

Fri, Jun 21, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI User Group, RFID tagging, B2B integration, B2B, Syncrofy

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The EDI Alliance had the opportunity to visit the spring NEECOM conference in Boston a few weeks ago.  Being my first time, I didn't know what to expect.  First of all, you cannot beat spring in New England.  The snow has melted and the flowers are blooming.  The humidity has not settled over the region yet and there's a light breeze in the air.  Between the beautiful weather and knowing one of our nicest clients, Northeast Delta Dental, would be in attendance, I had hopes.  

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