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Walmart for Business Shows B2B Aspirations and Google Builds a Retail Marketplace

Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, amazon, Walmart, B2B

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Photo appears courtesy of Walmart.  This blog was written by Ian Heller, President and COO of Modern Distribution Management and reposted with permission.  Walmart.com has grown very quickly since the company acquired Jet.com in 2014. One of the outcomes was that Marc Lore, Jet.com’s CEO and co-founder, became the CEO of Walmart eCommerce U.S. Several other Jet executives remained with Walmart and have generated a great deal of growth for the world’s largest retailer – including a 37% jump in online sales in the first quarter of its current fiscal year. Much of this is coming from Walmart’s third-party marketplace. Just like Amazon, Walmart allows many other companies to sell on its website. 

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The Back to School Supply Chain

Fri, Aug 02, 2019 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, Walmart, EDI, back to school, distribution

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Photo appears courtesy of Trending Topics 2019.  It's #flashbackfriday!  Since I just went shopping for my third graders' school supplies, I thought now was a great time to reprint our "back to school" blog.  Enjoy!  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.

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5 Things Your Boss Wants to Know About Data Integration

Fri, Apr 27, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in EDI integration, data integration, supply chain, ERP integration, wms

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Photo appears courtesy of Martin FischThis blog was written by Jim Gonzalez, an independent EDI consultant for the Aurora EDI Alliance.  I am often asked what the benefit is for Data Integration. Usually, the person asking is someone on a decision making panel who has the least amount of technical experience. Let’s provide some answers that can put your boss at ease and help you look to Data Integration as a positive change for your business.

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Blockchain in the Supply Chain: Starting Blocks for Success

Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, EDI, blockchain, logistics

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Photo appears courtesy of Scott RobinsonThis week's blog was written by Aurora EDI Alliance partner, Karen Blood of GraceBlood LLC. You’ve seen the increasing drumbeat of sensational headlines about supply chain blockchain, for example:

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Comparing ROI for Integrated Electronic Trading

Fri, Nov 03, 2017 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in data integration, supply chain, EDI ROI, hosted EDI, electronic data interchange, Web EDI, Managed Services, EDI

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MSG Segment Should Not Equal "Fine Print"

Fri, Oct 06, 2017 @ 02:26 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, EDI document, EDI Consultant, EDI

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This week's blog was written by Art Douglas.

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The Back to School Supply Chain

Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 08:30 AM / by Shandra Locken posted in supply chain, EDI provider, EDI, EDI solution, back to school

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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.

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Aurora EDI Alliance Biography Series: GraceBlood

Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 02:25 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in e-commerce, data integration, supply chain, EDI provider, cloud, EDI Consultant

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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.

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Electronic Trading Profiles for Fun and Profit

Mon, Feb 27, 2017 @ 07:26 PM / by Shandra Locken posted in e-commerce, supply chain, technology, EDI ROI, EDI onboarding, supplier enablement, automation

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Photo appears courtesy of Opensource.com. This blog was written by Karen Blood of GraceBlood LLC out of Baltimore, a member of the Aurora EDI Alliance.  You have a website, perhaps a line card, business cards, other collateral for your business, yes? And you have or soon will have the capability to exchange business documents with customers, suppliers or other trading partners via EDI or other ways that significantly reduce the time spent by your most valuable asset, your people, as they handle daily business transactions. This new capability also improves accuracy, decreases cycle times and improves relationships with those same trading partners. You may have made a significant investment in dollars and experience to get to this point. You may have had to do it at the behest of a single significant trading partner. Well, that was the hard part and now you have an important new tool! One of the easiest ways to increase your return on that investment and increase your business’s profit is to add more trading partners or business documents.

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How EDI Helped Santa Deliver Presents This Christmas

Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 01:05 PM / by Faith Lamprey posted in supply chain, EDI basics, electronic data interchange, JD Edwards, automation

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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.

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