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Retail Payment Systems - Are You Ready?

nfcpaymentsYou're already on top of how your business works now; what you need is to know ahead of time how it will work in coming years. For that, study payment systems.

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What's Missing from Your 852s?

warehousebarcodeOver the past year there has been a lot of "hoopla" around suppliersdesire for 852 data to support their relationship with their customers. What I am hearing is that 852 data is understood to be related to POS information from Retail stores.  I wanted to alert partners that 852 data is indeed POS data communicating what was sold at a retail store, but organizations are also providing on-hand inventory and even reporting what was sold from a retailer's Distribution Center in this data feed. Why is that important you ask? Read more...

Ecommerce and EDI

e-commerceAs the end of the year has been approaching I see a definite interest in E-commerce activity within the retail sector as an initiative for 2011. Some, has to do with retailers continuing to support E-commerce via their Distribution Centers while others are looking at working with Factory direct shipments to the .com consumer.

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Is POS data that valuable or is there something better?

posscanThere’s been quite a bit of talk about trading partners providing Point of Sale information with their suppliers. So what is POS and why is it important? There are there are several ways that POS data is used -

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EDI POS 852 Data: ROI

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This month’s question is a fantastic one: Is there a Return on Investment (ROI) calculation for EDI? More broadly, a company has to be on EDI to sell the majors.  So to me the question is interesting but almost beside the point. EDI is essential. However, studying 852 Point of Sale documents – especially at store level - is not considered to be essential by many vendors – or their retail partners.

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Cecil's Takes a Gander

applepieLast week I was taking the slow and casual route toward the Southland, and had pulled into one of my long time favorite roadside eateries. I was just finishing up my slice of Mother Mabry's apple pie and a cup of coffee when I got a call from one of my clients asking to know what his trading partner ID was. After asking him just a couple of questions, I learned that he had received a survey from one of his customers, Gander Mountain, who was asking him about using web forms. Interesting question, I thought, but why would Gander Mountain even care? Is Gander Mountain getting into the EDI service provider business? Read more...

MRO and EDI- a Good Match?

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Once you’ve spent the money, time, and effort to comply with a mega-retailer mandate to implement EDI, is your job over? Or have you just taken the first step down the path to full electronic nirvana? Let’s think about that.

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EDI POS 852 Data: A Diamond in the Rough

cash-register_1_lgThere are different ways for suppliers to obtain POS data from their retail partners. Many retailers offer reports or have their own web portals. Walmart’s Retail Link offers the most detailed view. Unfortunately other retailers’ portals make it difficult to impossible to get deep dive views (e.g.: SKU and door level). Happily there is another choice: An EDI document called an 852.

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EDI POS 852 Data: Show me the money

showmethemoney-2When I first started in this industry I expressed surprise by the “loose” parameters of 852 POS documents at an EDI conference. I was told the standard is like our language. Yes we speak English,  yet “pop” is soda in certain parts and “tennis shoes” are sneakers to some. Further, because there is so much unstructured data in the POS document – especially when it is door level, it is harder still adhere to a standard. It is much easier when there are set fields like those in a PO or invoice.

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EDI POS 852 Data: Why Won’t They Share?

posdadaOne of the most common questions posed to us is: Why can’t we get EDI POS data for a certain retailer? Allow me to break that question down, as it is multi-faceted.

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