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Using a 3PL to Keep Your Competitive Edge

Mon, Apr 01, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Roger Curtis posted in EDI, B2B integration, 3PL, Third Party Logistics

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With the economy heating up and companies out there cooking, our clients are looking to grow and find more efficient ways to deliver their products.  

Over the past three years several of our clients have done something which we really haven’t seen before, at least not quite like this. These changes in strategy seem to come in more like ocean tides rather than in a massive swoosh.

What am I referring to?

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Our Take on NAW's Message to Distributors to Disrupt Now: Just Do It

Mon, Mar 18, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in distribution, data, customer experience, innovate

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This blog was reprinted with permission by ENAVATE and was written by ENAVATE's Head of Marketing, Patric Timmermans.  When leaders of the distribution world gathered earlier this year in Washington, D.C., for the annual National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) conference, disruption was the order of the day.

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Evolutionary Data Development: Contivo and Alloy

Fri, Feb 22, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by David McAlister posted in data transformation, EDI integration, integration software, data integration, cloud computing, Integration, data management, liaison technologies

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Photo appears courtesy of spykster.  Our business environment is rapidly changing with company mergers, new user technologies and a new competitor around every corner.  Many organizations find themselves caught up in the archaic development from years ago, unable to adapt to these changes.  Rather than being agile and open to change, these companies are consumed with keeping all their endpoints operational, not wanting to taking their eye off the ball.  But by not evolving, that's exactly what they've done.

Enter OpentText + Liaison's Contivo.

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The 5 Best ERP Twitter Feeds to Follow

Fri, Feb 08, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data integration, enterprise resource planning, ERP integration, EDI Consultant

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Photo appears courtesy of Steve Bowbrick. This blog article was written by Jim Gonzalez of EDI Support LLC, an EDI Alliance partner.  I am constantly looking for ways to keep up with everything that is going on with the various ERP software packages out there. Although I specialize in Sage products, I like to share information with clients and peers on all things ERP that I happen to come across. One of the easiest ways to do this is through Twitter feeds. They are quick blurbs that I can choose to read or ignore, and most contain links to more detailed articles. As a society there is such a demand to stay informed in real-time and Twitter is by far the best tool for that.  You will hear from consultants, VARs and actual users that work with these ERP solutions on a daily basis.  Here are the top 5 Twitter feeds (not in any particular order) that I follow to stay abreast of ERP news and information...enjoy!

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Evolution of Data and the Data Engineer

Wed, Jan 16, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data transformation, cloud, Managed Services, big data analytics, liaison technologies

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This blog is being reprinted with permission from OpenText + Liaison Technologies.  Article was written by Ehi Binitie. In the age of big data, most people understand the importance of gathering and using data to make decisions, drive business processes and understand what is happening throughout the entire enterprise. They know that people with very specific skills are essential to effectively capturing, managing and analyzing data for use, but the roles within the data team are not well understood – especially mine.

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EDI Architecture - Keep It Super Simple

Fri, Dec 28, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in e-commerce, EDI Consultant, EDI, EDI architecture

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Photo appears courtesy of DawnThis blog was written by Art Douglas, a member of the EDI Alliance. What is the opposite of "KISS"? The answer of course, is Rube Goldberg. For those of you who have no idea what I just posited, allow me to explain.  "KISS" is an acronym for Keep It Simple, Stupid.  Now if you are sensitive, please don’t get uncomfortable about the "Stupid" part.  It merely allows us to use "KISS," thereby making it memorable.  If you prefer, think of it as Keep It Super Simple.  Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist who delighted readers by drawing overly-complicated mechanical machines that accomplished simple tasks. Think Mousetrap game.

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas: An EDI Fairytale

Mon, Dec 24, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in RFID tagging, EDI, rfid, X12, EDI manager

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Photo appears courtesy of Thad Zajdowicz.  This week, for a little #flashbackfriday, we are reprinting our fun takeoff on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Just a little holiday humor...with sincere apologies to the original author, Clement Clarke Moore.

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the store not a PO was issued, and 860s no more. 

RFID tags hung by receiving dock with care, in hopes that the trucks soon would be there.

The clerks were all nestled at registers and stations, while visions of UPC codes danced across nations.

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EDI Alliance Biography Series: Lisa Crosley

Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in electronic data interchange, AS2, EDI Consultant, EDI, B2B

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As you may have heard, GraceBlood LLC acquired Aurora Technologies back in October of this year.  We will now be revisiting our Biography Series to include GraceBlood's amazing team of consultants and today we are featuring Lisa Crosley.  Lisa has been an EDI consultant with GraceBlood for 12 years. She initially worked with GraceBlood as a client EDI coordinator so when her company closed their US distribution operation, Karen and AMY wasted no time in bringing Lisa on board.

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Why is EDI Still Around?

Fri, Nov 02, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Roger Curtis posted in EDI, EDI Standards, XML, business transaction

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Photo appears courtesy of www.twin-loc.fr.  Welcome to our 200th blog post!  As I think about EDI through the years, I remember sometime during the early 1990’s taking a class on the structure and workings of XML. XML was all the rage and was supposed to replace EDI at any moment!!! It’s 20+ years later and yes, XML is widely adopted now in web service applications where systems talk to each other, but it’s really still the wild west with XML XSDs (XML Schema definitions) often inaccurate.  And it involves a lot of back and forth with trading partners saying, “…oh, hard code this, and that XML element loop can be executed multiple times, not the once limitation in the XSD, etc. etc. etc.”  Implementing XML with a new trading partner or transaction often feels like black magic to get it all working correctly, and that’s in the best of circumstances – usually it’s teams of technical and business staff on endless conference calls just to get it right.  Did XML replace EDI?  No.

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B2B Growth Leads to New Adventures

Wed, Oct 24, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Warren Spiller posted in EDI software, data integration, B2B integration, B2B, data management

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Photo appears courtesy of Kevin Dooley.  “You’re gonna need a bigger boat,”  is what Roy Scheider famously said in the 1975 film Jaws.  Of course, this is now a well-known euphemism for “we’re going to need more resources,” which brings us to a meeting three decades later.

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