It's Integration Time!

thumb purchase-order-basicsThe benefits of automating orders, invoices, and ASNs between your company and its customers are well known. Integrated documents are faster, less prone to error, and improve workflow among your people and systems. At this point, it would be rare to find a major retailer or manufacturer who isn’t using electronic documents to run their businesses. Not so rare, though, are small and medium sized businesses (SMB) still pushing paper. It’s about time for SMBs to make their move, isn’t it?

Compliance Clearinghouse Updates

RVCFLogo 300x102In cooperation with RVCF, this listing is just a snapshot of the myriad of updates retailers post on a daily basis. One of the many benefits of RVCF membership is access to the RVCF Compliance Clearinghouse, a web based monitoring and alert service providing users both online search capabilities and daily e-mails, outlining retailer compliance guide changes for over 150 of the nation's top retailers as they occur. For more information about RVCF and the Compliance Clearinghouse, visit our website at or e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Whitepaper Available for Download

thumb whitepaperLots of orders?  Connect your back-end accounting systems to all of your EDI trading partners or eCommerce platforms to save yourself time and make your customers even happier. 

White Paper Available - ERP Integration

Lots of orders?  If you are inputting these yourself, one by one, from your eCommerce platform or EDI trading partner into your accounting package or ERP – there is an low cost, easy fix.  The answer is accounting integration. 

Case Study: eBridge

One of our happy customers is a top Tax Service Company.  We helped them connect their MS Dynamics GP ERP to several EDI trading partners.

What's the Difference: SasS, Cloud, or Hosted

clooud hostWhat are our collective perceptions of SaaS, Cloud computing, and Hosted solutions. Of course we are mainly interested in supply chain solutions, but the definitions appliy to any application. If you're not completely certain, here is a primmer on the major differences and some discussion of the advantages of each. This falls far short of a full detailed explanation, but the basic concepts are accurate.

Big Data from EDI Can Make Predictions

Big-data-by-luckey sunEDI is a significant source of big data. Of course that's no shock to anyone dealing with data storage or a VAN bill, but when you consider the volume of transactions and the number or companies involved, it would seem that there is a wealth of data in those transactions. The data now covers (depending on the trading partners) every aspect of the order process, from initial P.O. to final payment, with plenty of status updates along the way. So, what can be learned from all the data? It turns out that when looked at as an aggregate and put through the right analytical processes, there's plenty to be learned - and predicted.

Is SaaS Based EDI a Cloud Service?

saascloudConfusion reigns over whether hosted or software as a service (SaaS) is the better choice for that next software overhaul. It doesn't help that so many hosted vendors are touting their wares as SaaS or Cloud. Of course, there's a reason for the blurring of label lines – SaaS is on an upswing in most markets. Put another way: everyone has their heads in the Cloud these days.

POS Data Sharing- The Ultimate Big Data

big data posPoint of sale (POS) data has long been the domain of the retailer that collects it. It hasn’t always available – in detail, anyway – to manufacturers and suppliers that could use the data for such things as demand planning, improving supply chains to avoid stock outs and to better understand and act on buying habits so they can more accurately allocate advertising dollars. Of course, all those benefits would in turn benefit the retailers, which could improve planning and forecasting, reduce (or eliminate) stock outs, and even have leverage to enact and enforce service level agreements with suppliers.

Using Behavior to Your Advantage

irrationalIt’s the start of a new year and once again, I set goals for the year. These are different than “resolutions” as I fully intend on meeting them. Some of these goals are the same from year to year: get in better shape, spend more time with my family, work smarter (not necessarily harder), decrease expenses, increase revenue,  be the change I want to see in the world,  end world hunger, get a super power... and this year I added a new goal to the list. I will walk 1,000 miles in 2011. Instead of approaching this goal rationally, like I’m prone to do for any project, I wanted to apply the ideas in the book Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, by Ori and Rom Brafum. If I behave irrationally naturally, as the authors point out, I may as well behave irrationally in a way that helps achieve my objectives.

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