When I last reported to you I was leaving New Jersey for the flatlands of Texas to check out the accommodations for the upcoming UConnect conference in June. If you haven't been to the Gaylord Texan, you definitely owe yourself a visit to these sumptuous digs.

But back to my point... and back to New Jersey. I've received calls from several of you describing a troubling policy that you're coping with regarding testing fees and locked-in service providers. If I sound like I'm on my soapbox again, maybe I am, but its for your benefit.

It seems one of my earlier rants has struck a nerve with at least one group of EDI professionals.  The EDI-L discussion group on Yahoo! (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EDI-L) read my description of the tactics used by SPSCommerce to extract dollars from vendors for testing. 

Speaking of regressive tactics... I got another email forwarded to me from one of Brookshire Grocery Company's suppliers outlining Brookshire's new EDI testing fees.  In my experience, testing fees are counterproductive and the process usually ends up delaying implementation. Besides, charging each supplier $150 for the "right" to accept purchase orders and send invoices is silly.  Of course, if you have a captive audience of 1,000 suppliers and an opportunity to bring in an extra $150 grand, you might bend to the temptation too, but I know you're stronger than that.

Speaking of regressive tactics... I got another email forwarded to me from one of Brookshire Grocery Company's suppliers outlining Brookshire's new EDI testing fees.  In my experience, testing fees are counterproductive and the process usually ends up delaying implementation. Besides, charging each supplier $150 for the "right" to accept purchase orders and send invoices is silly.  Of course, if you have a captive audience of 1,000 suppliers and an opportunity to bring in an extra $150 grand, you might bend to the temptation too, but I know you're stronger than that.

At the next table, enjoying their "4-ways," I overheard two locals  discussing an online job posting, and wondering if it would affect their own jobs. The recruiting ad was from Computer Sciences Corporation, looking for programmer analysts that "Will provide production support, break fix, and enhancements for all EDI for Kroger. "