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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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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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Change in EDI is the Only Constant

Fri, Jun 15, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Roger Curtis posted in ERP integration, electronic data interchange, EDI Consultant, EDI Documentation, EDI, Integration, EDI solution

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EDI Everywhere, Every Day, Who Knew...?

Mon, Jan 08, 2018 @ 07:59 PM / by Roger Curtis posted in amazon, Walmart, Integration, EDI solution

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bigstock-Last-Puzzle-Piece-With-Busines-93388364.jpgAs I sit at my desk for the last time this year ending a very busy year I think back to the late 1980s when I first got into EDI. I had gotten a taste of programming in communications, connecting computers to Telex machines, and companies were clamoring for technicians who could figure out Bisync modems.  Walmart was requiring all suppliers to use them to receive orders and send invoices by EDI into the Walmart mainframes.

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EDI as a Leading Economic Indicator – It’s Getting Hot Out There

Fri, Aug 11, 2017 @ 08:30 AM / by Roger Curtis posted in EDI integration, EDI Technology, integration software, EDI software, data integration, EDI Implementation, ERP integration, AS2, EDI Consultant, EDI

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Picture appears courtesy of Christian Witte.  It’s getting hot out there…and I’m not talking about climate change.  Our garden is not doing well, but that’s a topic for another day.

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27 Years of EDI

Fri, Jul 15, 2016 @ 02:09 PM / by Roger Curtis posted in EDI Technology, technology, EDI document, EDI history, electronic data interchange

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I started my journey with EDI (electronic data interchange) 27 years ago working on Telex machines, yes the things of ticker tape parades. My assignment, through a relation with Western Union, was to connect pre-internet, pre-eMail, and even pre-FAX computers, still relatively uncommon compared to today, to the Telex network.  The end game was to allow companies to send domestic and international registered messages easily, without using the cumbersome, slow and heavy ticker tape driven iron Telex machines.

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RFID in NFL Football – What Does this Have to Do with EDI?

Mon, Feb 29, 2016 @ 01:49 PM / by Roger Curtis posted in EDI Technology, supply chain, technology, RFID tagging

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Photo appears courtesy of Jonathan Holmes.  RFID (radio frequency ID), a cousin to the EDI 856 ASN document, which is used to track shipment cartons along the supply chain all the way to the distribution center has a new, wider adoption in NFL football. What?!  With the Super Bowl and entertaining (and expensive) media spots behind us for this year, what does EDI and RFID have to do with football?

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EDI Consulting: All in a Week's Work

Fri, Sep 11, 2015 @ 02:39 PM / by Roger Curtis posted in EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI software, EDI provider, JD Edwards, Oracle

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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.  I was thinking over the last week of the many things I touched on and what it really takes to do this job.

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Wrangling 3PL EDI Documents

Fri, May 08, 2015 @ 01:10 PM / by Roger Curtis

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Photo appears courtesy of Will Thomas.  I’ve always said that EDI and data Integration in the Freight/Logistics/Distribution/3PL industry is like the Wild West.  Rather than the traditional PO, invoice and ASN documents we all know in retail, the 3PL's use of "standards" can be more like riding a bucking bronco.

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EDI Processing Should be Nimble

Mon, Feb 02, 2015 @ 11:59 AM / by Roger Curtis posted in EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, e-commerce, integration software, EDI software, data integration, benefits of EDI, EDI Implementation, EDI options, Liaison Delta/ECS

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Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candle stick. Jumping over the candle stick without extinguishing the flame from this famous 19th century nursery rhyme was just a form of fortune telling, sport and good luck. With EDI processing being the majority of a business’ important order transactions there is little room for fortune telling, sport or luck of any sort. The EDI software had better darn well be nimble to get the job done with today's demands for B2B e-business greater than ever. Not only do all major retailers require traditional X-12 or EDIFACT EDI today, but so many more business functions can now be performed with on-line and traditional companies supporting XML and JSON web service API’s (application program interface) services.

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