Tricky Move: Changing Your EDI Provider

Interacting with trading partners on a daily basis is simple once you establish how your orders and other transactions move between companies. Changing that well-oiled track can be fraught with problems unless it's approached carefully and executed flawlessly. Most suppliers have no reason to change their Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) provider. In fact, for most…

Warehousing Ops: Don’t Forget the Data

Warehousing is changing as the supply chain becomes more distributed and flexible. Specialized service providers prove helpful in the effort, but can add layers to the route that products take from manufacturer to consumer. Because these third-party logistics providers (3PLs) specialize in operations that are typically not core competencies of their customers, they frequently offer…

Prices May Soar on EDI Transactions

The history of electronic ordering is complex, and incremental changes in the way orders are processed have exploited technologies as they have become available. The happy result is the overall lowering of costs per transaction. Leading transaction hub GXS, which handles millions of EDI transactions, has made it known that it intends to change its…

Match.com for Trading Partners

E-commerce retailers have had to either educate suppliers in the ways of electronic ordering and drop-shipping or search through hundreds of possible vendors to find those that already have the technology and experience to work with them immediately. A new system that plays matchmaker for trading partners lets e-tailers conduct searches based on the supplier's…