Photo appears courtesy of John Lloyd. This blog was written by Michael Barnhouse of McAna EDI. For many years industrial process automation was accomplished with such inventions as the moving assembly line, and more recently robotics have been leveraged to further the automation of an inherently physical process. In today’s data rich internet era, process automation is not limited to the industrial process or viewed as an emerging technology, but a necessity for every business in determining how best to serve the customer. Business Process Automation (BPA) allows successful organizations to focus on developing key relationships and differentiating the value they deliver in the marketplace.
Photo appears courtesy of Mike Mozart. This blog was written by Aurora EDI Alliance partner, Jim Gonzalez. This is a question all companies should be asking themselves as we are moving in the direction of purchasing all goods online through mobile devices. How often do you go to the store to pick up something you ordered online? Grocery stores are moving to ordering online with the local store delivering to your home. Some stores - Walmart and Target come to mind - allow you to order online and pick up at the local store to save on shipping. This is due to Walmart and other major entities moving into other sectors they weren’t historically known for. Walmart was the go-to retail store for discount items just a decade ago. Now they are pushing to also be your discount everything from tires to iPads to tomatoes, and even offer additional discounts for ordering online with store pick-up. To further meet consumer demand, they are offering more items that are either organic or sourced sustainably or both. Think about it, if you stay stagnant, you will quickly become irrelevant in today’s competitive environment.
I get many calls each month from suppliers who have been told by their customer that they need to be EDI capable. And their first question is, "What is EDI capable?" Simply stated, being EDI capable is the capability to send and receive electronic business documents in a specific format based on established standards. There are essentially two ways to accomplish EDI capability: Outsource or buy your own software.
Photo appears courtesy of Opensource.com. This blog was written by Karen Blood of GraceBlood LLC out of Baltimore, a member of the Aurora EDI Alliance. You have a website, perhaps a line card, business cards, other collateral for your business, yes? And you have or soon will have the capability to exchange business documents with customers, suppliers or other trading partners via EDI or other ways that significantly reduce the time spent by your most valuable asset, your people, as they handle daily business transactions. This new capability also improves accuracy, decreases cycle times and improves relationships with those same trading partners. You may have made a significant investment in dollars and experience to get to this point. You may have had to do it at the behest of a single significant trading partner. Well, that was the hard part and now you have an important new tool! One of the easiest ways to increase your return on that investment and increase your business’s profit is to add more trading partners or business documents.
This blog was written by Faith Lamprey, Aurora's President, and is reposted with permission from Providence College School of Business. This past year, for the first time ever, online sales in the U.S. surpassed in store purchases. An annual survey byanalytics firm comScore and UPS found that U.S.consumers are buying more things online than instores.The survey, now in its fifth year, polled more than 5,000consumers who made at least two online purchases in a three-month period.
Photo appears courtesy of Phill Dolby. I spend a lot of time each summer trying to streamline and automate as many of our processes and procedures as I can. It saves time and, if done correctly, makes our data more accurate and timely. I feel taking the time to do this is well worth the effort and it makes us more profitable in the long run as it frees me up to do other things.
Picture appears courtesy of mjaaaae. This week's blog was written by Michael Barnhouse of McAna EDI, an Aurora EDI Alliance parnter. Companies of all sizes are engaged in a renewed commitment to further improve their supply chain in the effort to deliver the highly elusive perfect order. An order that arrives on time, is complete, in full compliance with all vendor rules and covenants, damage free, with accurate shipment notification and invoicing.