Advance shipping notices (ASNs) can drive up efficiencies and accuracies by reducing discrepancies – which experts estimate happen about 30 percent of the time -- between invoices and the orders a retailer receives. That's because ASNs provide the retailer with detailed information on how the goods were packed for shipment, how many items are in the shipment, as well as product descriptions, carrier information, and even order information. ASNs also alert retailers that the goods have been shipped so they are ready to receive them.
Most business owners have at least a basic way of collecting data from their companies, and at least some basic form of data analytics. The thing is, many business owners don't know what they should really be doing with that analytical data. A lot of times it is glanced at, and then pushed aside, without really having any effect on business one way or the other. However, there is actually a lot that you, as a retailer, can be doing to leverage those analytics to help you in the day to day running of your business.
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Business owners have been using analytics to analyze their business data for many years. The real question is, what do we do with that data? Up until recently, there really hasn't been much guidance when it comes to interpreting and utilizing that data to meet your business needs. However, in today's highly competitive supply chain it is more important than ever to know how to utilize those analytics to solve problems in your supply chain. Think about it: If you can't use that analytical data to solve real world problems for your business, what is the point of the analytics in the first place?
A new study by accounting and consulting firm BDO USA looks at concerns tech companies have about their global supply and distribution chains. Supply chains are not to be broken. But there’s plenty of risk that they might, and that risk – or at least concern over that risk – seems to be growing.
When it comes to electronic documents supporting the supply chain, the Advance Ship Notice or 856 is just as important to the order to delivery process as the purchase order itself. While it is a robust document, its main purpose is to communicate back to the buying party what is shipping and when, as well as where it is going.
You spent big bucks a few years ago on a translator, faithfully paid yearly maintenance fees, and applied upgrades. There's still something you need the software to do that it can’t. What’s there to do about it?
Spring is now winding down, and I have been admittedly a bit neglectful of my to-do list around the homestead. This February, I had convinced myself to plant a small vegetable garden, make some minor landscaping modifications to the yard, and do some heavy duty de-cluttering inside. With only one month of Spring left, I have only managed to mow the lawn a couple of times and trim a few shrubs. When I woke up this past Saturday morning, I was determined to get at least one of those projects started before the Summer heat of the south was upon me.
EDI is deeply integrated into the overall supply chain, and for some companies simply managing the order process is the only expectation (and result) of the technology. But since the basics are now stable and generally functional there are many opportunities to make advanced use of the processes and the data. For this survey we would like to understand what innovative uses of EDI processes and data are being put to use in your organization.
The survey questions are just basic. Please use the comments section to describe your innovations. And if you are willing to talk with us, please leave an email address and/or phone number where we might contact you for additional details.