23 11, 2020

DCS’ Guide to Supplier EDI Onboarding

By |2020-11-23T14:42:05-06:00November 23, 2020|EDI Resources|Comments Off on DCS’ Guide to Supplier EDI Onboarding

Setting up an EDI system gives you the ability to exchange documents with your trading partners automatically. While the benefits of an EDI solution are clear, it’s not something that simply falls into place out of nowhere. A lot goes into implementing EDI. One of the most important parts of EDI is your supplier onboarding. While most companies use EDI for the order-to-cash process with their customers, setting up EDI for the purchase-to-pay process with suppliers is also a wise investment. Whether you have existing EDI with your customers or are implementing for the first time, adding EDI for your [...]

23 11, 2020

Build Your EDI Team with DCS

By |2020-11-23T11:18:38-06:00November 23, 2020|EDI Resources|Comments Off on Build Your EDI Team with DCS

When you’re setting up EDI or trying to improve the EDI you already have, it’s important to have access to people who know EDI inside and out. The process of hiring the right people can feel daunting, especially if you’re personally not an EDI expert. After all, making the wrong decision can be a costly mistake. There are a variety of tasks that need to be done to ensure EDI success. For example, an EDI developer sets up the many aspects of an EDI system. An EDI coordinator manages and maintains a company’s EDI system. Other tasks include taking the [...]

12 11, 2020

Don’t Leave Your 2020 Budget Dollars Unspent!

By |2020-11-12T12:56:31-06:00November 12, 2020|EDI Resources|Comments Off on Don’t Leave Your 2020 Budget Dollars Unspent!

Now is the time to review what still should be done as the end of the year approaches. Use our checklist to determine what you can complete before 2021. Onboarding new trading partners Ensure new EDI compliance requirements Update to your EDI software to latest version Update AS2 and SHA certificates Eliminate additional manual processes Archiving files and database clean-up. Data Communication Solutions (DCS) has assisted customers with ensuring their EDI system and processes run smoothly. Every one of our EDI Specialists is an expert in service and compliance issues related to EDI. We offer a variety of services to help your [...]

27 10, 2020

Budgeting for EDI Doesn’t Have to be Scary!

By |2021-06-21T21:39:59-05:00October 27, 2020|EDI Resources|Comments Off on Budgeting for EDI Doesn’t Have to be Scary!

As you finalize your 2021 budget, knowing what to budget for maintaining your EDI department and functions can feel daunting. It doesn’t need to be! Your business processes are unique and your budget is tight. Despite this, you must process EDI quickly and reliably at a time of high stress with a lot on the line. The challenge is how to do this economically. The Data Communication Solutions (DCS) Managed Services Program allows you to run your EDI more efficiently at a set monthly cost and eliminates the stress of managing your EDI. You have access to our seasoned EDI [...]

15 10, 2020

DCS Helps Food Producer Fix EDI Error

By |2020-10-15T10:18:08-05:00October 15, 2020|Case Studies|Comments Off on DCS Helps Food Producer Fix EDI Error

Savor Street Foods is a Pennsylvania-based pretzel company. There was an error during their weekly AS400 system backup. They did an initial program load on their computer system. When the system came back up, their EDI wasn’t processing automatically through their Trusted Link iSeries (TLi). As a result, they were only able to retrieve their EDI data manually. Savor Street turned to Data Communication Solutions (DCS) for help with their EDI predicament. EDI specialist Beverley Ramey handled the task.   The DCS Solution DCS started by reviewing Savor Street’s EDI application. We verified that the application software itself was okay. [...]

9 10, 2020

Save Money with DCS EDI Managed Services!

By |2020-10-09T12:03:03-05:00October 9, 2020|EDI Resources|Comments Off on Save Money with DCS EDI Managed Services!

Setting up and maintaining a quality EDI system for your business is no small task. There are many challenges and questions you may face, including whether to hire your own full-time employee or get assistance from a third party. As with any business decision, cost is an important factor. Data Communication Solutions’ (DCS) EDI Managed Services program is a cost-effective source of all of the day-to-day EDI support you need. Our EDI Specialists can perform all production EDI activities including general mapping, connectivity, testing, and monitoring of alerts and incidents. In addition to reduced costs, DCS EDI Managed Services will [...]

22 09, 2020

Are You Being Strategic with Your EDI? Time to Plan for 2021!

By |2020-09-22T12:32:12-05:00September 22, 2020|EDI Resources|Comments Off on Are You Being Strategic with Your EDI? Time to Plan for 2021!

Many companies initially implement EDI because they were being required to by a particular trading partner. After your initial EDI implementation, you more than likely started adding additional trading partners, EDI maps, etc. because you saw additional value in EDI. But, are you using it as a tool to manage your business as a strategic core-competency that can help your drive your business growth? Now it’s time for the next step: being strategic about using your EDI for growth and profitability! As you continue to grow. it is imperative that you keep your EDI front and center in your business [...]

22 09, 2020

DCS Implements 753 and 754 EDI Transactions, Helping a Distributor to Become More Efficient

By |2020-09-22T12:13:29-05:00September 22, 2020|Case Studies|Comments Off on DCS Implements 753 and 754 EDI Transactions, Helping a Distributor to Become More Efficient

The Business Need Northern Wholesale, a long-term customer of Data Communication Solutions, is a Minnesota-based distributor of RV, mobile home, snowmobile, and marine products. They needed their business to become more efficient through more automation and less manual keying, particularly when it came to their exchanges with Amazon. Amazon’s routing process was done through their web portal and was time-consuming. Northern Wholesale knew that as their business continued to grow, this process would take up more time. Therefore, they decided to implement the X12 753 (Request for Routing Instructions) and 754 (Routing Instructions) EDI transactions with Amazon. . The DCS [...]

15 09, 2020

The X12 753 Explained

By |2020-09-15T11:54:58-05:00September 15, 2020|EDI Resources|Comments Off on The X12 753 Explained

There’s more to EDI than simply communicating what needs to be bought or sold. It’s also important to know the specifics of the shipment’s transportation. This is where the X12 753 transaction comes in. The X12 753 EDI transaction is the Request for Routing Instructions. The supplier sends it to the buyer after sending the shipment information. It is sent two or three days before the shipment date. The 753 helps streamline transportation by sending the shipment weight, volume, quantity, date and time, and location of pickup. It also helps the buyer control their transportation costs and how the inventory [...]

3 09, 2020

Amazon Launches Vendor APIs

By |2020-09-03T11:19:53-05:00September 3, 2020|Industries|Comments Off on Amazon Launches Vendor APIs

Amazon had introduced Vendor APIs, enabling vendors to more efficiently automate their integration. APIs are not a replacement for EDI and can run in parallel with it. That being said, these APIs offer benefits that EDI does not. One benefit is the ability for vendors to pull purchase order changes and cancellations in an automated way. Another is the ability to get the current order status of a purchase order. Are you an Amazon vendor? If so, you can learn more about API integration by signing into your Vendor Central Account and going to Integration > Getting Started. To learn [...]

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