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Shandra Locken

Shandra is the Director of Business Development for GraceBlood LLC.

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SYSTEMS HEALTH CHECKS: THE CARE AND FEEDING OF YOUR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS APPLICATION ENVIRONMENT

Mon, Jun 22, 2020 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in enterprise resource planning, ERP integration, Microsoft Dynamics 365

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This blog, originally written by Lisa Shechter, Team Leader for Enavate, is being reprinted with permission.  The words popularized by T. Bert Lance, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” definitely do NOT apply to your software application environment. 

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Barnes & Noble Gains EDI Visibility and Further Enhances Vendor Relations with Syncrofy

Fri, May 22, 2020 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI, business processes, data management, Syncrofy

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Reprinted with permission from CoEnterprise. Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE: BNED), one of the largest contract operators
of physical and virtual bookstores for higher education and K-12 institutions across the United States, one of the largest textbook wholesalers, and a leading provider of digital education services, enhances the academic and social purpose of educational institutions. Through its Barnes & Noble College and MBS subsidiaries, Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,495 physical and virtual bookstores and serves more than 6 million students, delivering essential educational content and tools within a dynamic retail environment.

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Best Practices for the Remote Worker

Thu, Apr 23, 2020 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in cloud, EDI, Syncrofy, Covid-19

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Photo appears courtesy of University of the Fraser Valley. Millions of people have now found themselves working remotely due to the recent global pandemic. For companies like GraceBlood LLC and the EDI Alliance, this cloud-based, work-from-home model is just business as usual. Often when I tell people that I "work from home" they get this dreamy look in their eyes and say something like, "Wow - you're so lucky." Yes, it does have its perks, but there are some learning curves, too. Read on to learn some best practices and how you can succeed during this unprecedented time.

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SBA Assistance

Tue, Apr 07, 2020 @ 07:37 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, small business, Covid-19

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.  Originally published by and reprinted with permission by our friends at Loren Data.

Loren Data Corp. recognizes that many business are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Federal, State and Local governments are coordinating their responses and more information is available daily.  To that end, we wanted to make available to everyone  financial assistance information and publishings that may apply to your business.

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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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