Here at Retail EDI, we know the value of data has changed. Many have come to value data when using it to make decisions, but many still face obstacles processing it efficiently for LOB applications and Analytics.

It’s time to change your data strategy. We’re here to help.

 

Up against a fence for some budget? Neat trick: consider looking at how you process EDI.

That’s right. As technology changes, your environment to process EDI data needs to be evaluated and adjusted. ‘as time rolls on’ is how we position VANs in relation to the systems they will be exchanging data with.

Today, companies have a huge amount of play in terms of how they integrate systems, trading partners and processes. As a result, you can find companies using FTP, SFTP, AS2, API and more all under one roof. And the how those systems are connected is sometime different as well. Using the overlap reduces some risk and potentially also removes budget killing license fees. And before you call me crazy, consider what systems each data set is used for and the route it takes.

Here’s a scenario: EDI via VAN to AS2 > translation, JSON out to database, webjob to 3PL and XML into ERP. Let’s not forget the NT box in the closet processing flat file orders for your partner in China. Most of your team is afraid of spiders, let alone working on a server 10 years old and built by the ‘ones who came before’.

Talk about the ‘Dark Web’.

Here are several combinations to reduce your IT spend for 2019 and beyond:

1. Exchange the raw data over API – you could keep using AS2, but why?

2. Exchange data via API/JSON – we build the connection for you.

3. Have either or both depending on the integration with Analytics inline.

If the cost of #1 is $0.05/KC, you can see there will be an uplift to #2 ($0.07/KC) and similarly #3 ($0.10/KC). Discounts come into play for volume but more importantly, you can see tiers for the type and level of processing completed. In each case (#1, #2), we remove cost (licensing and fee charges) in the third case, Retail EDI along with our partners are bringing you accelerated EDI data across VAN, API and with amazing analytics inline. Welcome to VANalytics from Retail EDI.

Was talking the other day to a fella' who told me his company was paying $.050/order.

Poor processes ultimately affect the cost, quality and delivery to end customers. When an organization has one or more suppliers unable to engage in B2B integration, they are not able to collaborate effectively. If there's poor data integrity, manual or dual data entry and lack of visibility, it's your supply chain and bottom line that suffer. To some extent, as an organization adds and drops suppliers, this can be expected while new suppliers ramp-up. However, when it's the norm, rather than the exception, the typical pressures and complexities for the Buying team change. Transaction costs go up as efficient practices become the exception rather than the rule, fewer orders are delivered on time, the supply chain is not as efficient and competitive as it should be.

Retail EDI on-boarding is designed to help accelerate supplier participation and on-boarding through a process of assessment and education. We educate suppliers on the initiative as we guide them through a discussion-based assessment of their needs, their environment and help them determine and implement technology best suited for their scenario.

Here are some steps we take:

  • Collaborating with stakeholders, we design, develop and test a connector for each transaction type.
  • Once connected, and tested, Procurys documents entire process for onboarding, support.
  • Build outreach/educational campaign using direct, social and webinars.
  • As suppliers sign up, we provide additional detail and reinforce process, support and other critical information.
  • Alternate formatting or transport methods are made available to suppliers at the time of registration.
  • Suppliers are charged upon registration for any ala carte requests and monthly subscription usage fee.

Retail EDI delivers flexibility for buyers and sellers while providing logical solutions that are repeatable, enabling cost effective onboarding and supplier adoption.

 

Business Process Automation - re-use data to maximize value and help accelerate supply chain efforts

Procurys is here to support your integration needs whether you are selling into a network, procuring or are a 3rd party service. Our API-based workflow supports connecting to your trading partners, regardless of the transport and data formats required and we stand ready to support integration to your backend applications.

For example, a customer needs your company to receive electronic Orders and respond with Invoices, we connect to them on your behalf, using their preferred method. Similarly, we create a connection between our platform and your backend system using your preferred connection method. When data is sent to our platform, Procurys validates, transforms and route the orders to your backend application using the transport and file format you prefer. Once connected to your backend to support Orders, your team doesn't need to do anything to support additional customer orders being integrated. The same holds for data coming from your backend systems to clients.

Benefits of using this integration method are reduced time to market for additional integrations as well as a dramatic drop in the cost and complexity of exchanging data. Procurys provides support and change management, acting as an extension of your team, ensuring your team is always ready to take on new opportunities.

Additionally, Procurys uses digital workflow management tools enabling absolute customization. The 'blue' nodes in the drawing to the left show basic workflow for data coming into our system on your behalf. Because each integration Procurys builds is composed of API-driven Microservices, we're are able to transform your data in-line to support additional integrations, for example: carbon-copying, analytics/reports, CRM updates and more.

 

 


data formats, protocols and processes supported


Work with your trading partner's data the way you want

Retail EDI enables your team to interact with your trading partner's EDI (Any) data using REST APIs. 

Retail EDI offers a managed service we refer to as KoopNetz. 

Retail EDI connects to your trading partner on your  behalf, according to their data integration requirements.  Data coming from the TP is validated and transformed to JSON, is stored/logged and available via API.  Data you send back, likewise is received by API, validated, transformed and routed to your trading partner in their desired format/transport. 

For example: As a company experienced working with EDI.  Your team has managed data translation for 850's, 856's and more for years.  You've well-document processes and a solid knowledge base.  Maybe the license is up on a translator or perhaps some other component's renewal was to pricey given the data volumes (Or even the lack of depending on messaging being tied to your contract...).  Regardless of the driver, management agrees, it's time to 'do more' with your data and be less reliant on pre-packaged software or fully managed services.  In this scenario, we provide EDI transactions as a REST API while your team manages it using your existing compliance expertise as vendors and EDI data professionals.  It's bi-directional, of course.    

Additional TP relationships with the same transaction types delivered the same way accelerates your speed to market, reducing implementation and maintenance costs dramatically.  

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

At Retail EDI, we believe when there's a choice in how to manage data, teams should choose REST APIs.  If you have trading partners you exchange "EDI" documents with and your team would prefer to consume an API, we've got you covered. Retail EDI offers two API methods (JSON and UBL) to help your company get under the cost of development and maintenance normally associated with traditional EDI data exchange.

Both solutions help companies and OEM platforms scale and pivot faster.  Build your integration in JSON or XML (UBL).   

REST API/JSON - Exchange data with any trading partner using a REST API (JSON).  Retail EDI connects to your trading partner using their preferred method and requirements and converts the data to an API-based workflow, enabling teams to more finely tune which of our services are used.  For example, some companies only want the X12 data and manage their own lookups and unique transforms while others want to data ready for ERP/LOB.  Read more about the service, here

 

 

 

  

 

 

 


VAN, Value-Added Network services from Retail EDI

 

Retail EDI offers VAN (Value-added Network). If you have a trading partner (For example, a retailer), wanting to automate sending orders to you using "EDI", they will probably use a VAN (Value Added Network).

VANs essentially work like a network of electronic post offices.  EDI messages between companies are envoloped, packed in mail bags and routed to the 'post office' managing their traffic.  VANs continually route and sorti bags of messages between the other post offices. Our VAN is how we route messages to and from VANs other companies are using. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's a simplified explanation of the VAN interconnect process:

Retail EDI VAN Services

  1. When a buyer or procurement agent, creates an order for your company, it usually isn't sent immediately. Once order is ready to be transmitted, it is pushed to the retailer's EDI system to be translated into an EDI 850 purchase order. The industry uses unique company and "mailbox" identifiers to keep track of what goes where.
  2. In batches, at regular intervals orders from the example retailer are pushed up to the VAN they contract with. Your trading partner's VAN sorts the mail according to recipient identifiers.
  3. Our VAN receives EDI traffic "mail" into mailboxes designated for the clients we serve. 
  4. Retail EDI data with the VAN using the AS2 protocol (API also available). Retail EDI offers several ways for customer to interact with their data and several integration models.
  5. As soon as the EDI 850 is in Retail EDI we process the data. How we process the data is dependent on a customer desired workflow, the format they want to receive and other details.
  6. The last step is distributing the data. It could be a client will want to receive their orders via REST API, have us store the data and subscribe to our analytics, update their CRM or other processes. 

 

 

 

Business Process Automation - re-use data to maximize value and help accelerate supply chain effortsCompetition between brands often relies on the efficiency and flexibility of a supply chain. Don't wait for a purchase order in your ERP or a POS report from Marketing to arrive before your company takes action.

Digital Transformation for many, means a lot of things. Here at Retail EDI, it means getting every possible byte of B2B data into API workflow so it can be engaged by in real-time by groups that need it.

When we build a connection between your trading partner and your ERP (Or other application), we give you access to API-endpoints. This enables your teams to connect additional applications and accelerate processes according to your requirements. With literally hundreds of application connectors, cognitive services and more, you can remove any bottleneck, silo or data exchange hurdle.


Evolve faster. Utilizing data across systems helps teams gain insight into where improvements can be made and therefore, are able to develop more efficient (Or streamline) existing processes.  

 

Retail EDI Delivers a Digital Supply Chain Experience

To accelerate and improve supply chain processes while maximizing accuracy and customer focus, it's useful for companies to connect teams and line of business (LOB), to the data being exchanged. Retail EDI automates the exchange of data between you and your trading partners while also providing methods for tightly integrating stakeholders to processes as well. This enables teams to respond to changing supply chain conditions, faster.

"Turn on a dime, without decelerating" a benefit of successful digital transformation
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 In the sketch above, the blue nodes are built by us (included) for your integration.  The orange tangents are the use and re-use of REST API endpoints (Gratis).  Your teams can add as many connections as desired.  Retail EDI can manage or you can.


VAN, Value-Added Network services from Retail EDI

 

Retail EDI offers fast plugin installation to support all well known shopping cart (eCommerce) systems. We enable your system within a couple of hours with OCI and cXML Punchout at the same time.

Integration to your client's eProcurement platform takes a little longer, however the process includes testing with your client and end-to-end testing from your client through our platform to your eCommerce system and back again. A utility enables you to adjust each profile (Your client), speeding up change management. For example, if your customer does not want to include productname “Scotch Tape”, we can cross-reference it to “Clear tape” on the fly. This is possible for every attribute in your eCommerce system.

Best part is: You don't have to do anything! We take care of the entire installation, integration and configuration.  You want to get your products to market quickly and win new customers. By removing the cost and complexity of punchout, we help you achieve this.

With our PunchOut solution , you get more than just a PunchOut platform. We're an extension of your company, committed to your company’s growth. And we're able to do this because of our cost-effective and non-invasive solution.

We stand ready to help you and your team understand in as much detail as you'd like, exactly how the system and process work.

Part of our process is helping teams understand not only the process and business mechanics behind punchout, but we'll help you present the technology and other implications to the rest of your team.

Retail EDI can integrate Magento, Opencart, Woo Commerce, Prestashop and many others. We can enable these platforms within hours.

If your company is currently using a VAN for data integration with SAP Ariba, or UBL integration with TradeShift, we've set up some unique capabilities to support your efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gain profitable insights into your supply chain data. Using dashboards, reports, filters and gauges, you can instantly identify important trends, both positive and negative. 

Whether looking for sell-thru reporting, trying to understand product velocity, inventory turn/by location or other metrics, the key is often found in the data you trade with customers and other trading partners.  Retail EDI unlocks that value inline without disrupting data to/from operations.

Designed with an API-first approach, with any integration we are able to connect to "EDI" data moving to/from your applications to generate information invaluable in accelerating the efficiency of your business.  

Examples:

  • Sales (Demand)
  • Spend (Supply)
  • Inventory (Localization and optimization, generally)
  • Score card (Service, compliance) 

Retail EDI provides B2B data integration, REST-based workflow.  This enables us to easily deliver reporting and analytics using cognitive (AI/ML) and database/big data technologies. 

We support almost any data formats and any data sources e.g. AS2, FTP, FTPS, API, VAN, VPN, etc..