thumb cubesmallThose of you in the EDI (or Data Transformation, Partner Integration, or whatever you want to call it) arena know what I mean when I say you’re in the middle of things. You have ‘customers’ both upstream and downstream, and those people are very demanding. When something goes wrong, you hear about it. Nothing good can result from that, right? Wrong!

CollaborationThe nearby article on data feeds for e-tailers has lessons for suppliers, also. Most crucially, manufacturers need to recognize that data feeds represent an opportunity for co-operation andnegotiation.

shared dataThe good news is there’s more and more product data available for suppliers and retailers. The not-so-good news is that sharing that data has become overwhelming as economic conditions continue to be a challenge and industry growth is changing the way data sharing continues to grow.

cloud connectionThe nearby article on data feeds for e-tailers emphasizes the value of accurate data for good customer relations. That's far from the only potential e-tailing data has, though.

Take a look at this great Infographic. It's a very understandable depiction of the benefits and costs camparing hosted systems with cloud/SaaS based alternatives.