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'Twas the Night Before Christmas:  An EDI Fairytale

Fri, Dec 18, 2015 @ 01:25 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI Technology, e-commerce, technology, EDI basics

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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.

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EDI and Halloween: 7 Reasons They're Closer Than You Think

Fri, Oct 23, 2015 @ 08:00 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI Technology, EDI basics, EDI history

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Photo appears courtesy of JD Hancock.  This fun list was created back in 2013 in honor of Halloween.  We love it so much, we wanted to post it again this year.  We probably will every Halloween.  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."  

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On-Premise, Hosted or Web-Based EDI – Which is the Right Fit?

Thu, Jul 02, 2015 @ 12:16 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, EDI software, data integration, benefits of EDI, EDI Implementation, EDI basics, EDI compliant, cloud, EDI expense, EDI document, ERP integration, electronic data interchange

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Photo appears courtesy of Dean Hochman.  This week's blog was written by Art Douglas.  Millenia ago, Og went into his cave looking for his deer-antler hatchet.  But alas, he was unable to find it, for he had many belongings, and a very small cave.  After hours of searching, the hatchet was discovered.  Later, Og pondered how he could store the hatchet where it would be easier to find.  At that moment, Og remembered his friend, Kow, who had a very large cave with many chambers.  The two friends struck a deal.  Kow would store Og’s weapons in one of his many chambers, so when Og needed them, he didn’t have to search for them in his own cluttered cave, he knew he could find them in Kow’s cave.  Moreover, should Og wish to share his weapons with others in the community, he only had to notify Kow of the fact, and Kow would share Og’s stuff with whomever Og has allowed.

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Aurora EDI Alliance's Greatest Hits Volume 2

Tue, Apr 14, 2015 @ 11:54 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI integration, EDI considerations, integration software, data integration, benefits of EDI, EDI basics, EDI compliant, EDI onboarding, hosted EDI, EDI history, vendor managed inventory

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Picture appears courtesy of Steve Snodgrass.  Back in November of 2013, we posted our Greatest Hits Volume 1 blog and we got a great response.  And having just recently hit the major milestone of having done 100 blog articles, we thought we would celebrate by posting another "greatest hits" blog.  Our Greatest Hits Volume 2 list represents the second 10 most viewed blogs on our site.  Again, we were surprised by this list and we love seeing what topics our readers are looking for.  Enjoy!

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What Wikipedia Won't Tell You About EDI

Mon, Mar 16, 2015 @ 01:29 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, integration software, EDI software, data integration, EDI basics, EDI options, communication, EDI compliant, ERP integration

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Picture appears courtesy of Giulia Forsythe.  This week's blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Manager of EDI Services for Aurora Technologies.  Lots of people search for information on Wikipedia, don’t they?  What Wikipedia doesn’t tell you about EDI, could hurt you!  Or hurt your business.  Read on to get the 411.

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Integration May Be Your 2015 Ticket to Success

Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 12:10 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, e-commerce, integration software, EDI software, data integration, EDI Implementation, EDI basics, EDI options, EDI expense

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What to Expect from a Software Demo

Fri, Nov 21, 2014 @ 10:44 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI integration, EDI Technology, EDI considerations, EDI software, data integration, EDI ROI, EDI Implementation, EDI basics, EDI provider, EDI options, EDI education

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This week's blog was written by Kristen Kearns, EDI Manager for Aurora Technologies.  You have done your initial research, you've talked to several vendors and you've narrowed it down to a few packages, including Delta/ECS.  That means it's time for a demo.  As part of the investigation process, a demo is a great way to see the software, and your future support, in action.  Some demos show you exactly what you want to know, some are not on point.  So what makes a successful software demo?

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EDI and Halloween: 7 Reasons They’re Closer than You Think

Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 11:50 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI Technology, EDI basics, EDI compliant, EDI education

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Photo appears courtesy of Amelia Extra.  We came up with this fun and festive llist in honor of Halloween last year.  I am super excited about Halloween this year because it's the first time my twins will go trick-or-treating.  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."  Thank you for humoring us - enjoy!

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EDI 856 Demystified

Fri, Jul 18, 2014 @ 11:59 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI Technology, EDI considerations, supply chain, benefits of EDI, EDI Implementation, EDI basics, EDI options, EDI document

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Most people know that the Advance Ship Notice (ASN), known in EDI language as ANSI X12 856 and in EDIFACT circles as DESADV, is used to communicate details about a shipment to your trading partner.  The ASN typically contains information about the shipment and order details - products shipped with the order, type of packaging and carrier information.  The ASN is somewhat similar to a Bill of Lading (BOL), except that rather than accompanying a shipment like a paper BOL, the ASN is sent via EDI when the order is shipped.  Timing is critical here as it must arrive before shipment does, which is why it’s called the Advance Ship Notice.  And it must be accurate - missing data such as the BOL# and the Pro# can result in costly charge backs.  The value of the ASN lies in the fact that when the receiving dock scans the GS1-128 bar code label on the carton, their system can access the previously received ASN to determine the carton contents, thereby saving time by not having to open the carton.  Secondly, the ASN informs the receiving party of any difference between what was expected (from the PO) and what was actually shipped, helping the supply chain move along more accurately and efficiently.

Most of that is common knowledge.  There are a few things though that can differentiate one 856 from another that are much less widely understood.  The first is the difference between Standard Pack, Simple Pack, Pick & Pack and Tare Level.  With a Standard Pack 856, the hierarchy goes from shipment to order to item to pack, in other words, only one type of item (UPC) is in a carton, but there may be more than one pack (carton) of those items.  A Pick & Pack 856 is slightly different because the hierarchy goes from shipment to order to pack to item, meaning each pack (carton) can have several different item types (UPCs).  Less common but another type we see occasionally is the Tare Level ASN.  The Tare Level hierarchy goes from shipment to order to pallet (tare) to pack to item, so it's similar to a Pick & Pack with one extra level.  Depending on the items being shipped, the Pack (Carton) level may not be required, which brings us to the Simple Pack, also known as the No Pack.  This type of ASN has no pack level information and the hierarchy goes from shipment to order to item.

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July 4th EDI Fun

Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 01:40 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI Technology, EDI basics, electronic data interchange

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Photo appears courtesy of Martin Thomas.  As you all head off into your holiday weekend, we thought we'd leave you with some 4th of July EDI fun!  Enjoy!

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