Why are retailers moving to drop shipping and EDI?

Increased pressure for high margins has made more retailers look to alternative business models. One of these is drop-shipping. Retailers are moving away from just physical stores and warehouses to drop shipping. This is often coupled with e-commerce stores. As retailers adopt drop-shipping, they’re also starting to look at ways to make fulfilment fast and [...]
Things to know about STP

Key to onboarding: Message Compliance Testing (MCT)

Onboarding your suppliers to EDI is an exciting time, but it can be challenging, particularly when it comes to EDI message testing. If you’ve undertaken an onboarding exercise before, you’ll know that suppliers rarely get it right the first time around. Testing EDI messages often involves lots of effort from your team to process messages [...]

The benefits of EDI: an infographic

Electronic data interchange, or EDI, is widely adopted around the world by companies looking to gain efficiencies, visibility and cost savings. But if you’re new to the concept, it can seem overwhelming. Simply put, EDI (electronic data interchange) is the exchange of business information directly between business software. Think of a purchase order being created [...]

Costs of manual vs EDI procurement: A comparison

Placing orders Think of a company that issues thousands of purchase orders a month. They’ll likely receive at least one invoice for every purchase order issued. Let’s look at the process for this simple scenario: Buyer manually enters the purchase order in their software Buyer sends order to supplier via email Supplier manually enters the [...]

EDI more than just automating your supply chain.

Looking for ways to improve processes is critical to any business, particularly in the areas of efficiency and cost reduction. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) allows the exchange of business information directly between the software of your business and your customers and suppliers. It automates unnecessary manual processes while streamlining supply chain transactions. Companies commonly implement [...]

What to look for in a supplier portal

In the past decade, the retail landscape has seen major changes because of increased competition, new business models emerging, a more integrated supply chain and the increase of online retailing. As the industry continues to evolve, more businesses are getting on board with EDI and realising community enablement is an important factor that needs to [...]

The key to efficient transport bookings and deliveries

When it comes to EDI, a lot of us think about procurement-related messages – orders, invoices and sometimes even product data. But I’d like to shift your thoughts to another use for EDI… transport messages.

As a consumer yourself, you’ve probably received notifications when your shipment has left the warehouse, when it’s about to be delivered and even when it’s been delivered. In the B2B world though, things are quite different.

B2B predictions in retail and supply chain for 2017 and beyond

The retail industry is in the midst of huge change. Slow economic growth has forced households to reduce their spending, and retailers are following suit. The flow on effect from this is being seen throughout the whole supply chain, right down to suppliers and manufacturers.

With the new financial year approaching, here’s how we predict retailers and suppliers will become even more efficient in 2017 and beyond…