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ComplyLink's Track & Trace: Granola Style

Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 11:20 AM / by David McAlister

ComplyLinkPhoto appears courtesy of JeffreyW.  Have you ever found illicit drugs in your granola bar? More on that later. This year marks my 20th year integrating EDI as a reseller. My audience many times has been both the small to mid-sized companies that did not have their pulse on those fancy tech tools and the big corporations that dictated their EDI compliancy. Our value brings these vendors into the fold with the best-of-the-breed EDI tools along with the fortitude to recommend and the experience to execute. The solutions can include hosting, an EDI translator, integration development tools, and shipping & barcoding packages.

As technology and automation continue to be the rule rather than the exception, organizations demand more and more upon their vendors - everything from vendor managed inventory (EDI 852) to electronic catalogs (EDI 832). Serialization (or Track & Trace) is just another vendor managed opportunity to add value throughout the pipeline, allowing product data to be collected, tracked and traced.  This track and trace activity has exceptional value to minimize loss due to recalls or inventory problems.  

Take the story of the Lady that finds Cocaine in her Granola bar. Really? YES! Last Thursday as a matter of fact...

ComplyLink by e-SupplyLink has been one of the value options we have sold and supported for many years. With serialization or Track & Trace, ComplyLink would be able to locate that granola bar in its database, provide the history associated with its processing, and provide the particulars of when and where. This information allows organizations to reduce costs in handling such situations to ensure quality of the product. In order for ComplyLink to stay in the game, they strive to keep up with the additional requirements customers impose on their vendors. The Track & Trace feature is just one more value to support the vendor arena.

ComplyLink supports many industries, including retail, automotive, pharmaceutical and consumer product suppliers who require EDI compliant transactions and labels via B2B Integration Platforms such as TrustedLink, Gentran, Trading Partner, Liaison's Delta/ECS or any other EDI translator. They support over 300 different trading partners including Cardinal Health, McKesson, Walmart, Kmart, Target, Sears, JC Penney, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Lowe’s, Meijer, Kohl's, Office Depot, Academy, Macy's, Loblaws Supermarkets, L.L. Bean and too many more to list.

Using their product brings time savings, increased accuracy, and reduced chargebacks. The package includes automated packing, labeling, and shipping software integrated with EDI platforms. Integrations can also include FedEx, UPS, shipping systems, financial, or ERP Order Management platforms. With a flat-file import/export functionality, integrations can be setup to suit an organization's needs based on their business practices.

ComplyLink’s interface significantly reduces data entry time by packing orders with simple look-up tables and click-through screens. ComplyLink prints GS1/UCC-128 bar code shipping labels real-time at the item, carton and pallet level, AND generates accurate EDI 856 Advance Ship Notices and EDI 810 invoices.  Reporting includes the bill of lading, manifest, packing list and carton contents.

If you are looking for well-priced quality products, consider our years of expertise to guide you through product selection and execution. Even if you are considering the hosting route, learn before you make the move and understand your options clearly.  You may find that making the leap into software may just be what your company needs to launch into that mid-sized category.  And be careful when you are tearing into that post-workout granola bar!

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Topics: EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, integration software, EDI software, data integration, technology, EDI provider, EDI compliant, enterprise resource planning, ERP integration, vendor managed inventory, Liaison Delta/ECS

David McAlister

Written by David McAlister

David is the owner and President of McAna EDI, Inc.

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