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EDI As A Railroad

railroad vanWhat is a an EDI VAN? The EDI experts can create an involved answer but lots of people (like business managers, for instance) are not quite sure what it is. Maybe if I liken it to something not Information Technology, I could better explain it. Read more...

6 Ways EDI Removes Barriers to Commerce with Trading Partners

roadblockAs long as most of us can remember, there have been roadblocks to trading with our suppliers and customers. The noble EDI sales forces kept repeating how their product would knock down these roadblocks faster than a speeding bullet! Well, let's bring in the usual suspects and see. Read more...

Interest is Peaking with EDI in the Cloud

cloud basedOver the last couple of years we have been “ahead of the curve” when we said the Cloud was a great home for your EDI. Now there is an awakening and much more interest; not only in EDI but in putting all sorts of applications in the Cloud.I have a friend who sells cake mixes and has customers who require EDI. Her first reaction to EDI was: “Another black box in my office with servicemen knocking on my door all the time.” She is one of many ideal candidates for EDI in the Cloud. Read more...

8 Things To Remember When Starting with EDI

checklistOh my goodness! I'm faced with choosing an EDI solution! Where do I turn? I just don't know any of these companies. It is often a daunting task for many businesses, especially those who have little or no experience with EDI. Many companies become familiar with the technology only after being informed by a major trading partner of the need to be EDI compliant. Here are a few key points to consider when choosing an EDI solution: Read more...

EDIINT, VANs, But Not SaaS?

Cut-in-Half-Fees-Expenses-2013.7.2One of the most frequently asked questions regarding EDI is about its cost. There's the initial cost of startup and the ongoing cost per transaction. And while startup costs are relatively easy to calculate, per transaction costs continue to be more difficult, primarily because those costs can include a wide variety of factors including  human intervention, capital equipment, postage, and even the cost/savings of correcting for errors. A recent study presented by NewEDI reports that costs overall have been coming down.  Read more...

Automotive Edi – Tying The Strings Together

industry associationsIn our article on “EDI Goes Deep”, we first encounter the concept of “regional” networks. These developed over the years, but now that everybody is going global, how has the auto industry adapted? Like instead of everybody having to join all these regional groups, how have they “gone global” How do we bring these regional centers together? Read more...

Automotive EDI Goes Deep

deep wellEDI has been used by the automotive industry for over 40 years. The watch-like precision of a car production line relies on the lightning-fast and flawless exchange of EDI and other business documents between the car manufacturers (OEMs) and their huge supply chain. Read more...

Where's the Slowdown in EDI?

slowdown 1The supply chain is really composed of several 'chains.' There's the supply chain we generally think of - the one that connects trading partners in order to move products from manufacturers to consumers. And there are the internal chains that move the various components of data between applications, departments, functions, and staff members.  Read more...

Automotive Calls For High Class EDI

mirorAutomotive suppliers are EDI veterans and have been into EDI for a long time. But it used to be relatively uncomplicated because of the industry's business model: just ship a lot of a few assigned parts, on time, without defects. The OEM ran huge assembly plants and put the whole vehicle together. But things have changed. Many first-tier suppliers are now responsible for “systems” (really sub-assemblies) and rely on lower-tier suppliers. As their role changes, so does the complexity. Let's look at a typical supplier who used to manufacture just rear-view mirrors. Read more...

Getting Started with EDI?

edi basicsThough the majority of our readers are veterans when it comes to EDI, there are always new implementations, new employees trying to get their footing, and even company management not familiar with EDI who are trying to understand what all the fuss is about when all they really want to do is get their orders processed. For those readers (and anyone else who thinks they just want to have a fresh perspective) we have a resource for you. Read more...

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