Photo appears courtesy of Brianna Lehman. This week's blog was written by Kim Zajehowski, Aurora's Manager of EDI Hosting. As a person who has worked in the EDI area for many years, I have learned that it is not an easy task to stay current and on top of all of your customer requirements at all times. Not only are your customers always enhancing their internal processes, but your organization may be doing the same. This has a direct effect on EDI trading partners and how they communicate EDI transactions, ticketing ramifications, and shipping requirements. There are also customer GS1-128/UCC-128/Carton Label requirements to follow, down to the size of the font used for the printed information, the format of where to put certain information, and bar coding specifications. If you don’t keep up with these changes, you will see a great number of compliance chargebacks. This can get quite expensive really fast and can end up with you having to pay for the orders placed to your company due to the issues. No net gain there.
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.
This blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Aurora's EDI Manager. You might think this blog is a stretch – how can EDI, a very technical concept, be anything like Community Theatre, a very arts-based activity? I’m going to tell you how.
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 David Sorich. This fun list was created back in 2013 in honor of Halloween. We love it so much, we pretty much post it every year. So once again, to honor EDI and all things that go bump in the night, we give you, "EDI and Halloween: 7 Reasons They're Closer Than You Think."
Picture appears courtesy of Asja Boros. Third in our greatest hits tradition comes an updated Greatest Hits list. This list represents the 20 most viewed blogs from the beginning. We found it fascinating to see how this list has evolved since we posted our first and second greatest hits lists back in 2014 and 2015. We appreciate all of our readers and invite you to let us know if there is a topic you'd like to see a blog on. We will do our best to accommodate. Without further ado, we give you, Aurora EDI Alliance's Greatest Hits Volume 3.
I’m reminded of the famous line from the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke: ”What we have here is a failure to communicate.” I have found that many newly EDI compliant companies, as well some EDI veterans, are not aware that there are multiple methods of sending and receiving EDI documents.
Picture appears courtesy of Michael Wifall. In March of 2012, I wrote a blog titled "No Purge Routine? Are You Becoming an e-Hoarder?" Now, in June of 2016 I find myself dealing with that topic and also with a pet peeve of mine, documentation of procedures and process steps. Let me explain why all of this popped up suddenly.
Photo appears courtesy of Nikki Tysoe. This blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Manager of EDI Services for Aurora Technologies. EDI Documentation - the one thing we love to hate, but MUST do. How do you run the inbound 850 process once the data is mapped? What are common issues that prevent 850s from automatically creating orders? What do you do if an 810 fails? What if an 856 fails?