29 07, 2021

How COVID 19 changed EDI systems and processes

By |2021-07-29T14:52:55-05:00July 29, 2021|EDI Resources|Comments Off on How COVID 19 changed EDI systems and processes

Business depends on clear communications. It's a long supply chain between raw materials, manufacturers, distribution centers, and customers. It's woven through with transportation logistics and paperwork, lots of paperwork. But COVID-19 changed the business environment for some; it brought frustration. They struggled to keep their supply chain moving amid lockdowns. For others, it was simply a pivot point. Businesses using Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) were ready for the paperless, non-contact world. But COVID-19 changed everything, even EDI solutions. The move to the cloud accelerated, making EDI more agile and affordable than ever before. What Exactly Is EDI? EDI, or electronic data [...]

19 03, 2021

Why EDI Is Critical to Your Supply Chain

By |2021-03-19T14:32:56-05:00March 19, 2021|EDI Resources|Comments Off on Why EDI Is Critical to Your Supply Chain

What is EDI and why is it critical to your supply chain? Many individuals have lost their jobs since COVID-19 surged through the United States last spring. Families have suffered from income loss. People didn't know what to do. As time passed and few opportunities returned, people began to look for contact-free work alternatives. Many turned to the internet to set up online stores and sell goods or services for the first time. If you hear yourself in the above text, you're not alone. The learning curve of starting a B2B/B2C business is steep, and filled with trade [...]

14 01, 2021

Ring in the New Year with New EDI Resolutions

By |2021-01-14T10:55:23-06:00January 14, 2021|EDI Resources|Comments Off on Ring in the New Year with New EDI Resolutions

It goes without saying that 2020 was a tough year. Even so, EDI remained an essential part of keeping business moving forward. With 2020 behind you, it’s the perfect time for a review of your EDI environment so you can position yourself for success in 2021. In 2020, did you experience any of the following? Processing slowed down Increase in manual corrections Break in connections (direct of through an EDI network) Too many invoices rejected Expensive chargebacks The above disruptions are costly to your company, especially during peak times. Here are six things you should review and consider for 2021: [...]

16 12, 2020

How Will Brexit Affect Your EDI?

By |2020-12-16T11:21:54-06:00December 16, 2020|EDI Resources|Comments Off on How Will Brexit Affect Your EDI?

On January 1st, 2021, Brexit – the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union – will be complete. This move will have many economic impacts. The world of EDI is no exception. Do you have a company based in the UK? Does your company have trading partners there? If so, it’s important to consider the EDI changes you must make. For example, if a company in the UK is selling to a company in an EU country, they will need to change the tax code in their EDI message from what it was pre-Brexit. At this point, it will be [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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