Expert opinions on topics and trends around supply chain and enterprise connectivity
Digital Agility vs Cost-Push Inflation: Changing Priorities for CPG Supply Chains
Prepping Up for a Cost-Push Inflation US food makers have been warning about impending price …
Imperatives for Modern Retail – Control, Visibility, Transparency
Imperatives for Modern Retail – Control, Visibility, Transparency We’re not quite sure what’s going to …
Digital Supply Chain in the Amazon Age (Industry 4.0)
Digital Supply Chain in the Amazon Age (Industry 4.0) The last few decades were marked …
Are Value-Added Networks the Way to go for B2B Communication?
Are Value-Added Networks the Way to go for B2B Communication? You are probably familiar with …
PartnerLinQ: The Modern Approach to Retail
PartnerLinQ: The Modern Approach to Retail Introduction No-one could have imagined how our way of …
March 12, 2021
The Importance of a Connected Supply Chain
As we put the highly turbulent past year behind us, there is one lesson that businesses will take with them into 2021: be prepared for the unexpected. The chain of events which will forever define 2020 impacted businesses across industries and around the world. The pandemic took nearly every business by surprise, regardless of scale, sending waves of disruption across many supply chains. Supply chain in general nearly came to a grinding halt due to global lockdowns and subsequent changes in consumer behavior and demand. This consequently impacted factory output with nearly every warehousing and transportation company finding their operation, their business, themselves and their families, at risk.
June 25, 2020
How does EDI help manage global supply chain disruptions?
In football, good team chemistry between players is the key to gaining a winning advantage over the opposition. The opposition, on the other hand, will pull out all the stops to stand in between your team and victory. Football is a fast-paced game and involves a lot of movement on the field. The players are in a constant struggle of defence and counter-attack. Communication and collaboration are critical, and separate champions from mere contenders.
February 13, 2020
The Road from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 with Modern EDI
Dynamics AX is a legacy ERP solution that was offered by Microsoft for mid-sized to large organizations beginning in 2008. Mainstream support for Dynamics AX 2009, 2012, and 2012 R2 ended in 2018, and mainstream support for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 will end in 2021. When mainstream support ends, Microsoft will no longer accept support tickets or release feature updates. Once extended support ends in 2021, Microsoft will no longer release bug fixes or security patches! Upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics 365 appears to be the best course of action for businesses that still use Dynamics AX.
January 31, 2020
The cooperative advantage of EDI integration
ollowing transportation and transformation, integration is the final step in the EDI process. Whereas transportation provides a pathway for business data, and transformation converts data into a format that the recipient’s system can consume or otherwise accommodate, integration brings the transformed data into the internal or host system. The end-to-end process is always a cooperative affair. This cooperation between endpoint applications enables data transfer between them, improving relationships in a seamless coordination across systems, departments, trading partners, transportation networks, and across oceans.
January 29, 2020
How EDI can automate your procure-to-pay cycle
An EDI-automated procure-to-pay cycle requires much less human intervention, works extremely efficiently, and is much less susceptible to human error. The total processing time is 1-3 days compared to 7-10 days for the manual P2P cycle.
November 19, 2019
The truth behind the “competitive advantage” of value-added networks
On the surface, this statement seems to make sense of the eternal value-added network (VAN) claim that the advantage of their network is their network. While stated as fact, “the advantage of the network is the network” is only relatively true, depending on who you’re connecting with and whether the network is where you can find your trading partners (or at least some of them). What does that mean for the rest of your trading partners?
July 23, 2019
VAN Independence: How Does a Trading Partner Break from Its VAN?
Independence Day is now behind us and summer is nearing its end. The 4th of July holiday encourages reflections, reflections that include independence and country. It also includes independence in financial, personal, and business matters. Returning to work following the mid-summer holiday this year, I began to think about systemic independence, specifically the independence of trading partners now more willing than ever to declare themselves independent from the VAN.
July 17, 2019
What EDI can mean for your business processes
Businesses turn to EDI solutions because EDI has proven to improve business efficiency and reduce costs. Compared to manual business processes, EDI helps reduce costs and inefficiencies up to 35%.
January 10, 2019
Why is EDI integration important to your business?
Electronic data interchange (EDI) enables the smooth, rapid, and structured exchange of important data between businesses. However, businesses have come to realize that manually entering data to be sent via a third-party EDI solution is still fairly time and labor-intensive. To further enhance business growth, companies that use EDI solutions can automatically synchronize all inbound and outbound partner data with their ERP system.
December 20, 2018
5 ways of achieving flawless EDI integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365
EDI is the most widely used structured electronic data exchange between organizations. However, not all EDI solutions are created equal. Instead of operating as stand-alone applications that require manual entry and their own maintenance regime, leading EDI platforms integrate seamlessly with ERP software and other business applications to eliminate manual rekeying and duplication of business information.
November 27, 2018
Improving your eCommerce experience with an EDI solution
ECommerce is on the rise. Buyers want access to everything from the comfort of their laptop or phone, and customer journeys that span multiple channels have become the new norm. Because of these and other complexities, success in digital commerce depends heavily on a smoothly functioning supply chain.
July 20, 2018
Improving your supply chain efficiency with ERP-integrated EDI
In an environment of ever-changing consumer demand, your retail or manufacturing business needs to leverage every competitive advantage it has at its disposal. Modern global businesses rely on electronic data interchange (EDI) solutions to maximize operational efficiency and maintain market competitiveness. Businesses are using EDI technology to improve their operational strategy, enhance supply chain management, and improve operational performance.
July 11, 2018
Solving common supply chain communication issues with specialized digital solutions
The success of your business is inextricably linked to the performance of your supply chain. Even intermittent hiccups in replenishment schedules or minor inaccuracies in demand forecasting can quickly become sources of uncertainty, fulfillment delays, and major business risk. Keeping in constant contact with your suppliers and other vendors is the simplest way to avoid these issues.
May 25, 2018
The Importance of Delivery Model in Today’s EDI Campaigns
For many enterprises EDI is the main source of how revenue flows into the business. It’s often considered the lifeblood of a company. If not done well there can be a great deal of risk and hardship.
May 25, 2018
Build your digital partner ecosystem with a powerful cloud solution for EDI and Real-Time APIs
PartnerLink is an innovative, process-centric B2B integration solution that enables progressive organizations to build their digital partner ecosystem leveraging APIs and robust EDI capabilities.
June 4, 2017
Scalable and centralized end-to-end EDI transaction management
Traditional EDI platforms have multiple limitations. Partner onboarding can be time-consuming and frustrating, and communicating with partners that don’t use EDI requires expensive, difficult-to-maintain customization. Complicated error tracking, poor transaction visibility, and vendor rule management lead to expensive chargebacks that can severely impact your margins.
June 4, 2017
EDI Solutions for Dynamics 365
Standalone EDI systems need to be maintained separately from ERP platforms and create a disconnect between EDI processing and other business processes.