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EDI (114)

Let's End Manual Data Entry!

thumb data-entry OK, you’ve survived the latest challenge from your major customer, complying with their mandate to receive electronic purchase orders and send electronic invoices and ship notices. It wasn’t easy, but you made the smart move, at least in your mind, by utilizing their recommended 3rd party’s webform solution. It costs a little money each time you use it, and you need to re-enter a bunch of stuff you’ve already keyed into your ERP, but at least you’re in compliance. Is ‘good enough for them’ good enough for you?


E-Commerce here to Stay!

direct shipYou, my avid readers, may have been wondering what happened to my articles. My apologizes for Missing In Action over the last several months. I took some R & R during the summer but am now ready to share my observations and commentary again.


From the Top - Dennis Orthman

Dennis OrthmanScott Koegler, editor of ec-bp.com talks with Dennis Orthman of SMI at GS1 Connect 2012 about efforts within the healthcare industry to implement data standardization.





From the Top - Scott Bolduc - SPS Commerce

scott bolducScott Bolduc of SPS Commerce talks about trends in EDI and Supply Chain activity with Scott Koegler, editor of ec-bp.com, at GS1 Connect 2012 in Las Vegas.





If Not Us, Then Who?

if-not-nowEDI projects are complex.  How do we keep things simple?  How do we provide amazing customer service leading to successful partnerships?  Far too often in EDI conversations, noise and confusion get in the way of making progress.  Whether it is one side blindly pushing for a specific EDI transaction regardless of the benefits or the business process, technical mumbo jumbo, confusion about what customers or suppliers really want from each other, or a seemingly less eggregious violation… the self deprecating predecessor to a comment seem to appear out of thin air. 


Managing Translation Maps: A Philosophical Question

Hamlet“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”   This well known quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet has intrigued scholars as well as theater connoisseurs since it was first spoken in the early 15th century..  While I can’t claim that EDI mapping causes one to question one’s own existence as Hamlet did (although at times it can be the cause of you questioning your sanity), there are definite parallels. In this case, managing a bank of EDI translation maps equivalent could be more like “One to one, or one to many, now THAT is the question.”


Why the Order Acknowledgments and Statuses are So Important

received stampTo expand on the article that Marlow wrote last month, we're starting to see Retailers or E-tailers moving back to looking at collaboration with their trading partners in ways similar to what started happening in the late 90's. What's different now is that most trading partners either did not have EDI or they were only trading the very basic transactions.

Timing is Everything

stopwatchAs my career in EDI is now reaching the decade mark, I recently began some self-reflection and surprisingly found both depth and breadth of the opportunities and experiences those three letters combined have brought my way. Daily interaction with all levels of an organization from customer service representatives to executives, across multiple industries and platforms has given me the opportunity to view business operations from a multitude of perspectives and become what I believe to be a more well rounded in the entire supply chain process.


Purchase Order Acknowledgment - follow the EDI Standards or used in practice

received stampAs electronic trading continues to evolve, one of the areas of interest is with buying organizations wanting to get confirmation of the receipt of orders, on-going alerts on the order status and managing requested changes. What I'm talking about here is the use of the 855 Purchase Order Acknowledgement transaction and the confusion on the expected use or interpretation of this transaction.


E-Invoicing Challenges

accountant Back in the old days, you placed orders with your supplier by phone, fax, mail, and by walking into their store. They entered your order into their system, picked and delivered your products, and mailed you an invoice. Your AP clerk took the invoice, did the 3 way match, put it in the stack to be paid, and you mailed a check at the end of the month. Have times changed or what?


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