measuretapesxLet’s say you’re the customer of a big supplier. You’ve implemented an EDI connection with them, but you’re having a problem reconciling their invoices. It seems the unit of measure (UOM) you send isn’t matching on the invoice. Why?

stopwatchAs my career in EDI is now reaching the decade mark, I recently began some self-reflection and surprisingly found both depth and breadth of the opportunities and experiences those three letters combined have brought my way. Daily interaction with all levels of an organization from customer service representatives to executives, across multiple industries and platforms has given me the opportunity to view business operations from a multitude of perspectives and become what I believe to be a more well rounded in the entire supply chain process.

payoffWhen in business do you sigh, breathe more easily, and say "There!" with the feeling you've arrived somewhere important? Is it when you shake hands on a new deal? See a new employee come through the doors on his or her first day? Wrap up a crucial presentation in front of your boss?

accountant Back in the old days, you placed orders with your supplier by phone, fax, mail, and by walking into their store. They entered your order into their system, picked and delivered your products, and mailed you an invoice. Your AP clerk took the invoice, did the 3 way match, put it in the stack to be paid, and you mailed a check at the end of the month. Have times changed or what?

received stampAs electronic trading continues to evolve, one of the areas of interest is with buying organizations wanting to get confirmation of the receipt of orders, on-going alerts on the order status and managing requested changes. What I'm talking about here is the use of the 855 Purchase Order Acknowledgement transaction and the confusion on the expected use or interpretation of this transaction.

ROIsearchingRetail Systems Research recently released its Retail Supply Chain 2012: Globalization, Localization, and Cross-Channel, and the findings are pretty interesting. Here’s a snippet.

Christina Robinson of Mastercraft Manufacturing talks with Scott Koegler at the 2011 U Connect conference.



data-cloud2012 will be a watershed year for new business models worldwide. Three technologies will dominate the innovation scene and shape economies for decades to come. These three technologies are mobile computing, social media, and "big data for small decision support". All three while in high growth mode today will become paramount to existence for any business big or small, private or public, government or NGO. Underlying these 3 are 2 foundational pieces that enable everything - "Cloud Computing" & " Ecommerce".

gumby2Seems EDI has been around forever and a day, even longer than me!  But cXML, xCBL, XML and PIDX to name a few, were absentee acronyms a dozen or so years ago!

e-commerce-marketingThere are plenty of best practices to implement as companies shore up their ecommerce strategies.