Archive for EDI

How EDI Became Cool Again

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is cool again. Not all EDI, just EDI based on value added networks (VANs). The reason? More and more companies are engaging in digital transformations. In many companies supply chains, it is the end-to-end portion of the supply chain, knowing what upstream and downstream partners are doing, where there are digital black holes.

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This Week in Logistics News (January 21-25, 2013)

It’s been a brutally cold week, so grab a blanket and something hot to drink, and let’s go straight to this week’s news. Infor SCE 10.2 Adds Mobility, Innovation to Logistics Management HighJump TrueCommerce EDI Solutions Adds New Transaction History and Reporting Features Union Pacific Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 2.8% in December Wal-Mart Toughens Supplier Policies (Wall Street Journal) Apple steps up labor audits, finds underage workers […]

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Takeaways from Descartes Evolution 2012 Global User Conference

I attended the Descartes Evolution 2012 Global User & Partner Conference a couple of weeks ago. When Art Mesher took over as CEO of Descartes Systems Group eight years ago, I wasn’t sure the company was going to survive. Today, it is a thriving company. What are the secrets of its turnaround? Descartes (a Logistics Viewpoints sponsor) was one of the first enterprise software companies to move to the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. Moving from upfront […]

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Guest Commentary: 5 Essential Technology Questions to Ask Any Logistics Service Provider

You probably have a list of standard technology questions you ask potential logistics service providers. When you’re evaluating the technology of various LSPs, you can separate fact from fiction by asking a few simple questions. When pursuing a solution that obviously incorporates technology services it’s natural to investigate the provider’s technology. What surprises many companies is the importance of a provider’s technology even when the solution appears to not be technology-based. It’s an increasingly complex […]

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Benchmarking Your Competitor: Get Your Hands on their Vendor Guide!

Do you want to understand the supply chain capabilities of your key competitors? Or gain insights into how their supply chains are structured? If your competitor is a large company, they almost certainly have a vendor guide. And if you type their name and “vendor guide” into a search engine, there’s a good chance you’ll find their vendor extranet where you can access and read their vendor guide. I did that for a large, “big […]

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Evaluating the B2B Communication Capabilities of 3PLs

Every year since 1996, Professor John Langley of the Georgia Institute of Technology has published a report called “The State of Logistics Outsourcing” that highlights trends and issues in third-party logistics.  Over 1,600 logistics executives participated in last year’s survey.  According to the report, “One area warranting particular scrutiny is a 3PL’s planned technology investments: the gap between user IT expectations and 3PL’s ability to meet those expectations has persisted over several years of the […]

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