Photo appears courtesy of Nikos Koutoulas. And now we revisit a blog we did a few years ago for some holiday fun! This is our take on'Twas the Night Before Christmas...with sincere apologies to the original author, Clement Clarke Moore.
Photo appears courtesy of Lyn Lomasi. Ever wonder how all those school supplies make it into the extremely crowded "back to school" area of Walmart? The process involves a tightly connected network of buyers, suppliers, EDI providers, teachers and 29 million households. The "back to school" supply chain probably starts sometime in the spring, when buyers all over the US predict what will be most in demand for the coming school year. Will the pre-sharpened Ticonderoga pencils be available or not? Will pencil top erasers be on the supply lists? And will there be enough glue sticks for the two dozen each parent will be required to buy? As I walked around Walmart this year, frantically looking for everything on my twins' supply lists, it occurred to me none of these people have any idea what led up to this chaos.
Photo appears courtesy of Marco Verch. This blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Manager of EDI for Aurora Technologies. According to Global Workplace Analytics, research from last year indicates that 50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20-25% of the workforce teleworks at some frequency. Furthermore, 80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time. Fortune 1000 companies around the globe are entirely revamping their space around the fact that employees are already mobile. Studies repeatedly show they are not at their desk 50-60% of the time. On average, a telecommuter is college-educated, 49 years old, and earns an annual salary of $58,000 while working for a company with more than 100 employees.
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.
Up next in the Aurora Team Biography Series is Aurora's Sales and Marketing Manager, Shandra Locken. Shandra first arrived in the EDI world in the spring of 2008, not knowing how to spell EDI. With the help of her colleagues, she was quoting VAN services and Liaison's Athena web-based EDI solution within a few weeks. Had you asked her 20 years ago if she thought she would be selling EDI services someday, she would have said, "What is EDI?" That is always the first question as you may have learned from our blog. It's our most viewed blog article ever.
Photo appears courtesy of Nathan. The newest superstar to join the Aurora EDI Alliance team (via McAna EDI) is Michael Barnhouse! We had the opportunity to learn more about him recently and here is what we found. After a 15-year career as CFO in international construction, Michael Barnhouse was approached by a Chicago based consultancy to lead a new practice area focused around Business Process Management. As this was 1996, working with organizations in all areas of Supply Chain Management quickly became the primary focus for the better part of the next 15 years. During this period Michael helped both public and private clients in the areas of Banking, Governmental, Insurance, Medical, Logistics, Manufacturing and Retail achieve demonstrable ROI from improvements to their respective operations and delivery channels. EDI and business process automation were a key focus for the majority of the many engagements. Michael quickly earned the confidence of his clients and established a niche for providing a proven big picture perspective that helped him lead his clients in developing the Strategic and Tactical plans necessary to achieve their goals.
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?
Picture appears courtesy of Tax Credits. This week's blog article was written by Art Douglas. "EDI can save your company 99% of the costs of receiving Purchase Orders and forwarding Shipment Notices and Invoices." That’s the claim made by the author of an article who knows about measuring that kind of thing. I would add that in my many years in the EDI industry, I have seen many implementations that squander any possible gains by failing to find out the facts before deciding how to implement EDI.
Next up on Aurora's Biography Series is one of our Tech Support superstars, Kevin Klimek. Kevin has worked for Aurora Technologies/EDI Support, Inc. for 13 years. What started out as an interest in computers in the mid 90s has, over the course of two decades, developed into a rewarding career.
Photo appears courtesy of theilr. Are you one of the many companies finding yourself without support for your Gentran product? You’re not alone. McAna EDI, Inc., an EDI solutions provider since 1995, recognizes the need for Gentran customers to look for alternative solutions to their currently unsupported Gentran products. Last year, many Gentran customers using older versions were notified they would no longer receive support for their software as of May 1, 2015. Now, a year later, those companies are feeling the effects and looking for help.