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.
Photo appears courtesy of Dawn. This 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.
Last but certainly not least in our Biography Series is GraceBlood LLC, which is composed of the dynamic team of AMY Grace and Karen Blood. Busy ladies they are, but we were finally able to get their story. AMY (yes, it’s capitalized because it’s her initials) Grace and Karen Blood started working together in 1997 and created GraceBlood LLC in 2003. Coming from different professional backgrounds, they merged their skills and experiences to form a company focused specifically on integrated EDI and B2B managed services.
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.
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.
Photo appears courtesy of www.GlynLowe.com. This blog article was written by Kim Zajehowski, Aurora's Manager of EDI Hosting. Many companies are moving in the direction of having 3PL warehouses manage their inventory and order fulfillment processes as well as provide value added services if they aren’t already. This is enabling these companies to reduce their space requirements and become more streamlined. Another result of this wave of the future is that there may be a reduction in employees required for operations.
Photo appears courtesy of Peter Cruise. This week are reprinting our fun Christmas blog we did a couple of years ago for a little EDI humor. Enjoy! This is our take on'Twas the Night Before Christmas...with sincere apologies to the original author, Clement Clarke Moore.
This week's blog was written by a member of our amazing tech support team, David Aird. SDQ (Ship Destination Quantity) purchase orders are also referred to as spreadsheet or explosion orders. These types of EDI orders can create efficiency gains by eliminating redundant data that would need to be sent on multiple non-SDQ orders. This reduction of data is accomplished by sending the header data only once as opposed to sending it multiple times on multiple orders. SDQ orders also need a way to send multiple locations for the items being ordered. This is where the SDQ segment comes into play. The SDQ segment is essentially a set of grouped fields that contain a location number and an order quantity for that location. This allows one SDQ order to potentially be expanded into multiple orders.
We are excited to announce that GraceBlood LLC, out of Baltimore, MD, has joined the Aurora EDI Alliance! GraceBlood is the seventh company to join the Alliance since its inception in the fall of 2011. We had the opportunity to get to know this group when we all met up in Santa Barbara last fall and we are super excited to have them join us. With the addition of GraceBlood, we now have a diverse and extensive portfolio of ERP packages we can integrate with, making the Aurora EDI Alliance a powerful ally for small, medium and large businesses alike.