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 John Lloyd. This blog was written by Michael Barnhouse of McAna EDI. For many years industrial process automation was accomplished with such inventions as the moving assembly line, and more recently robotics have been leveraged to further the automation of an inherently physical process. In today’s data rich internet era, process automation is not limited to the industrial process or viewed as an emerging technology, but a necessity for every business in determining how best to serve the customer. Business Process Automation (BPA) allows successful organizations to focus on developing key relationships and differentiating the value they deliver in the marketplace.
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.
Photo appears courtesy of ITU Pictures. Recently I was reading a white paper about how Advanced Vehicle Technology is changing the Transportation Industry. They were talking about "connected trucks" equipped with IOT (Internet of Things) devices (devices with sensors that can communicate with other devices) that can monitor things like temperature, location and speed and produce data that can be used to drive predictive analytics for companies. I started thinking about how we can leverage the EDI software we use (Liaison's Delta/ECS) to get this data from carriers to the senders and receivers of the goods.
Photo appears courtesy of Lensman.Official. This blog was written by Kevin Klimek, Support Technician for Aurora Technologies. We all know that integrating your EDI is the holy grail of being EDI capable. But why doesn’t everyone take advantage of integration? We can talk about expense or lack of staff or any number of issues but the integration itself what I want to focus on here. Integration is not always a simple concept. There are different integration challenges that face vendors and retailers when implementing a seamless EDI system. What are some of these challenges?
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.
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.
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.