Computing Return on Investment (ROI) for ASN Process Automation

Following our How to Drive ASN Process Automation Improvement blog post you went to work to envision, design and document a new automated approach to pick, pack, and ship operations.  With your new approach you will meet your customers’ demands for information and advanced shipment notification.  And you will improve internal operations, cutting costs and […]

Reducing Chargebacks

For mid-sized suppliers, conducting e-business while complying with the mandates of retail supply chains can be daunting. Costs for trade non-compliance are significant. Among the biggest potential profit drains are the fees—termed chargebacks (or deductions, or offsets)—that retailers assess for supplier mistakes. Industry reports suggest that supplier revenues can be reduced upwards of 10% by […]

Sage Accounting/ERP Product Name Changes

In case you haven’t already heard, Sage North America has announced name changes to its suite of  mid-market accounting/ERP products that will be rolled out this year. Expect some confusion while the new brands take hold—some of the old names have 30 years of familiarity to overcome. Below is a list of changes to the Sage […]

Are Hosted, SaaS, Cloud, and Managed EDI Services the same?

Hosted, SaaS, and Cloud Defined “Hosted” customarily means applications installed and managed off premise, but with software licensed by the end user. Software as a Service, or “SaaS,” indicates subscription to shared applications that are only available online, and not as licensed, installed software. “Cloud” refers to computing power supplied by a shared, utility-like infrastructure […]

How to Drive ASN Process Automation Improvement

In ASN Process Automation we discussed the importance of driving further automation of Advance Ship Notices (ASN, EDI 856) into your fulfillment processes and improving customer satisfaction as a result. So just how do you get started on determining where the opportunities for improved automation lie? Here’s a quick outline of the process to improve […]

ASN Process Automation

Our previous blog post highlighted the growing emphasis retailers are placing on the Advance Ship Notice ( ASN, EDI 856).  If your customers are retailers, they are likely at the leading edge of adoption of advanced logistics systems and technologies.  Retail profit margins are thin and retailers are driven to move goods from supplier to […]

Importance of Advance Ship Notice (ASN) Accuracy

In a recent Auburn University Supply Chain Management study retailers reported that on average 7.1% of EDI Advanced Shipment Notifications (ASN or EDI 856) are inaccurate.  The study, sponsored by the Compliance Network and the Vendor Compliance Federation, surveyed 40 executives at 28 leading retailers.  The EDI 856 is the supplier’s way of informing the […]