slowThe Economy is improving but at a much slower pace than anyone is wanting. Sears, a retail icon from the 50's and 60's, is struggling to the point that adjustments are now being made including store closures and layoffs. Changes are being made at the top for some other companies, like Christopher and Banks and realignments like Best Buy. With all this happening, it's imperative that organizations continue to find ways to operate their processes more efficiently.

CollaborationWe're starting to see year end results from 2011. Many look promising but others still show struggles. It seems, from  talking with Retailers and Grocers, that they plan to continue implementing the strategies they started mid-2011. As companies continue to look at ways to improve operations to offset lower sales, an area of growing interest is improved partner collaboration. What does that actually mean to collaborate?

Istevejobsbion my copious free time over the holidays, I managed to knock off a few of the books that had stacked up on me. Although I tend to stick to mysteries, thrillers, spy novels, and stuff like that, I occasionally find a biography that interests me. I couldn’t wait to read the Steve Jobs bio written by Walter Isaacson, and it was a winner. Even if you don’t like Apple products and you may not give a hoot about its recently deceased leader, you’ll still find it fascinating.

worldOver the years EDI has proven to be an integral part of the strategic vision of many companies. Gaining systems integration with our customers and vendors allows us to decide and act more quickly, with more accurate and reliable data to the fluid movements of the business environment.   This in and of itself can be a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

red-price-tag1There continues to be confusion around who pays the price for EDI. There are three answers to this based on the definition of the question.

challengechangeChange is one of those concepts that make most of us cringe at its mere mention. Whether it is benign as changing dinner plans with one’s spouse, or as dire as divorcing said spouse (funny how doing the former very often may lead to the latter, but I digress) every fiber in our character wants to resist it and keep the status quo.  To deal with this, change management has become an academic pursuit, as well as embedded itself within the corporate lexicon, which have produced countless strategies on dealing with this force in one’s personal life as well as in the business environment.

marlow1111tAs EDI continues to evolve, so does the thought of managing order changes electronically. In January I reported on managing PO changes through the E-Commerce Direct Ship/Drop Ship types of orders and for the last couple years I've commented on the status of communicating changes to a open order in general, so I thought it might be time for an update.

groceryEDIIt's been nearly a years since I wrote on the topic of XML as a form of EDI. Over the that time I've received quite a bit of feedback on that article, some of which was around what appeared to my biases on EDI standards. So I thought I'd address XML again.

skuOur largest client has well over twenty-five million sku-store combinations. They manage all those sku’s sales tracking and demand planning with a small team of about 10 people.


 Well, you’ve identified the software functionality you need and have talked to your sources to get their opinions on how to go about developing it. In the back of your mind, though, you still think it should be part of the base translator package and ought to be included in a future release. What’s your next step?