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If your company is looking for a new EDI solution, a relevant question to jumpstart your search is: do we want to integrate our EDI solution with ourenterprise resource planning(ERP) solution? The answer to this question will help guide your EDI provider to the best solution for your company.
Many companies find value in integrating their EDI and ERP solutions. We’ve highlighted three integration benefits to consider during your search.
We have looked around, talked to people and the application we keep coming back to is QuickBooks for the most widely used accounting application by companies selling into the retail vertical. As a result we have taken a look at the application – how it works, why people like it and some of the issues around using it in concert with EDI. For those of you who don’t know: we hope it’s informative, for those of you who do – let us know if we have hit the mark.
Cross-docking is a practice in logistics of unloading materials from an incoming semi-trailer truck or rail car and loading these materials in outbound trailers or rail cars, with little or no storage in between. This may be done to change type of transport, or to sort material intended for different destinations, or to combine material from different origins.
In purest form this is done directly, with minimal or no warehousing. In practice many "cross-docking" operations require large staging areas where inbound materials are sorted, consolidated, and stored until the outbound shipment is complete and ready to ship. If the staging takes hours or a day the operation is usually referred to as a "cross-dock" distribution center. If it takes several days or even weeks the operation is usually considered a warehouse. This was first pioneered by Wal Mart. Cross docking is used to decrease inventory storage by streamlining the flow between the supplier and the manufacturer.
Authors: Beacon EDI
By Michael Kotoyan - When I was an EDI manager at a national retail chain back in the early 2000s I was disgusted with what GXS did to ICC.NET. Capitalism is successful only in countries that have values and some kind of moral compass.
If we did not have values we would be like any other corrupt nation monopolizing industries with immoral business practices. Yesterday GXS did it again, haven’t they learned their lesson from 2002? I guess not. This company does not have one drop of owner’s sweat, GXS gets the worst VAN ratings for customer service and the most outages than any other VAN reported. It’s kluged with acquisitions and lacks values, just read their glass door reviews. As an instructor of EDI Academy I have been teaching against bad EDI practices for years and mention the ICC / GXS saga of the early 2000s in all of my classes. Unfortunately GXS bullies its ways to the top executives of organizations that are not as aware of what’s going in the industry. I praise Loren Data Corp for standing up to them in their monopolizing anti-trust like business practices. When GXS bought a great EDI company called Inovis, EDI folks hoped for the best, they even hoped they would change their name. A once well-known TrustedLink translator or an BizManager has been polluted with GXS’s brand. When GXS acquired Inovis they monopolized the EDI Catalog industry. At least InterTrade is there to offer an alternative.
"Steven Scala, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy and Development, has informed Loren Data that its ECGrid Service Provider customers must negotiate new connections directly with GXS and will not be allowed to move their accounts to any other VAN."
What Steven Scala just said puts cosa nostra mafia-style extortion tactics to shame. Hundreds of vendors rely on their EDI Purchase Orders for their business.
This is an example of extortion. Imagine if Verizon Wireless called you and said that since you use Cricket Communications for your cell phone service you will not be able to make or receive calls anymore. However, if you switch to us then the phone service will again be available
You can read the full story here: http://www.ld.com/gxs-makes-its-next-move-2