As you may have heard, GraceBlood LLC acquired Aurora Technologies back in October of this year. We will now be revisiting our Biography Series to include GraceBlood's amazing team of consultants and today we are featuring Lisa Crosley. Lisa has been an EDI consultant with GraceBlood for 12 years. She initially worked with GraceBlood as a client EDI coordinator so when her company closed their US distribution operation, Karen and AMY wasted no time in bringing Lisa on board.
Photo appears courtesy of R/DV/RS. This blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Aurora's EDI Manager. Ping! You hear your email and there’s another one of those “New Requirements” emails from one of your trading partners, Perfection Construction. Yeah, yeah, I’ll look at it later. You never get to it because you have Evan in Sales breathing down your neck about getting ABC Company up and running for EDI ASAP so they can place orders. Wait a minute! Did Evan put you in contact with ABC Company’s EDI department to get the specs? Do we even know if we can do all of their documents and if we can meet their requirements? Here comes Mary Jane from Accounts Receivable– what does she want? She needs you to research Best Hardware as they are not paying their invoices. Let me work on that now before the CFO starts yelling about lack of payments.
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 Wendy. This week's blog was written by Karen Blood from Aurora EDI Alliance partner, GraceBlood LLC out of Baltimore, MD. Amazon recently announced a new type of chargeback that will initially impact Hardlines’ Vendor Central suppliers. While this might not seem to apply to you or your other trading relationships today, Amazon more and more (like Walmart in the past) is a bellwether when it comes to making demands on suppliers. The never ceasing effort to bring customers robust selection at competitive prices in a hurry puts the responsibility squarely on distributors and manufacturers to fill orders and maintain proper levels of inventory to support demand.
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.
I started my journey with EDI (electronic data interchange) 27 years ago working on Telex machines, yes the things of ticker tape parades. My assignment, through a relation with Western Union, was to connect pre-internet, pre-eMail, and even pre-FAX computers, still relatively uncommon compared to today, to the Telex network. The end game was to allow companies to send domestic and international registered messages easily, without using the cumbersome, slow and heavy ticker tape driven iron Telex machines.
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.
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.