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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 have been dropping 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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Are Your "Good" Customers Really All That Good?

Fri, Jun 07, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in enterprise resource planning, data management, data, Syncrofy

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This blog was written by Robert Ruppert, Regional Sales Manager at Enavate and reprinted with permission.  You have a customer who has been loyal and dependable for years. And that customer spends more with you than any other. So, obviously, that’s your best customer, right?

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If Your ERP Isn't Keeping Up, Your Operations Are At Risk

Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in cloud, cloud computing, SaaS, ERP integration

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This blog was written by Patric Timmermans, Head of Marketing for Enavate.  Ben Franklin famously said the only certainties in life are death and taxes. If the founding father were alive now, he might add one more item to that list:  You will eventually have to update your ERP solution. And when you do, you need to migrate to the cloud. 

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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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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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