If your EDI trading partner has asked you to transmit ASN documents, it is likely that the UCC/EAN-128 barcode label is also required. The label, usually attached to each carton or the entire pallet, allows the shipping receiver to quickly determine the contents of the carton/pallet in conjunction with the ASN paperwork. This is done by scanning the SSCC-18 bar code at the bottom of the label.
While it seems reasonable to the trading partner that these labels are used since they speed up shipment verification at the receiving dock, they can be a pain for the supplier to generate, particularly since they contain bar codes that need to match the corresponding ASN document.
The labels are typically 4″x6″ in portrait mode and usually need to be printed on thermal paper. Let’s look at specifications for two different trading partners, Lowe’s and The Sports Authority.
As you can see, both labels contain the same basic information, the exact layout will vary by trading partner. Additionally, some trading partners are more strict than others about tolerances regarding font size, spacing, paper type, barcode density and so on. Read more…
General EDI, Technology Corner
Salesforce pioneered the Software-as-a-Service industry and is the leading CRM solution, which is why I am excited to announce exciting news regarding the eBridge integration connector for Salesforce.
We have enhanced the integration connection to allow greater flexibility, including:
- Access to any objects related to an “Opportunity”, including those that are one or more steps removed. For example, for Opportunity –> Account –> Case, the Case object is not linked directly to the Opportunity but we will be able to ‘tow’ it along when we pull the Opportunity.
- Access custom objects related to the Opportunity. Salesforce is almost always customized to accommodate specific business processes or workflows and that means adding objects that are not native to the default Salesforce environment. Now eBridge can access custom objects so we can accommodate your specific business usage of Salesforce!
- Access an unlimited number of user-created fields (maximum was previously 20) on the Opportunity and any of the objects that come down with the Opportunity. This means we can support an unlimited number of custom fields on the Contacts object, for example, since Contacts is linked to the Opportunity. Of course all of this true for custom objects as well.
Here is a diagram highlighting the Opportunity object in green and all the related standard objects we can access, in orange. Don’t forget, if you create a custom object that is linked to any of these, we can access that as well! Click the image to enlarge.
We are always looking for your feedback on how you would like to integrate Salesforce with your back-office systems so please leave your comments below or on The Core, the eBridge community forum.
Software-based consulting services are tricky. Being involved in the industry for 10+ years, I have made a few observations about the perception most people have regarding the value of time spent by software consulting professionals.
It is well known that lawyers and psychiatrists bill their time by the minute, which no one seems to dispute. For whatever reason though, many other consultants are not afforded the same understanding. Perhaps it gets muddy when the company you are working with is selling a product and professional services, in which case the line is blurred in terms of what exactly you are paying for. Maybe it is because the value of software itself is diminished; after all, I’m sure you have all met someone that has illegitimate (illegal) copy of some popular software package.
Either way, consulting services are about paying for the time of someone with the experience and expertise to help you solve a problem that should have a positive net result for you or your business. I have delivered literally hundreds of projects and I would have to say that the most important thing is managing expectations.
Like any relationship, a business initiative requires co-operation and effort from both Read more…
Technology Corner, eBRIDGE Blog
People find EDI intimidating enough on its own and an SDQ (Store Destination Quantity) order adds another twist. In a previous article, “SDQ Made Easy!“, Andrea Hunter provides a good introduction. I would like to go into a little more detail in this post.
An SDQ order is an efficient way to order a product that needs to ship to multiple locations. Since VANs (value-added-networks) charge per kilo-character, I suspect there was some financial basis for this structure since it drastically cuts down on the amount of EDI code needed to communicate the order details.
With non-SDQ orders, the ship-to location would be specified as part of the order header which means everything gets shipped to that location.
Let’s have look at some EDI code from an SDQ order. Read more…
Recently, we looked at some questions you should be asking to help you narrow your choices when seeking a software solutions provider. Now I want to turn the tables and provide some insight as to what is happening on the other side.
Ultimately, the salesperson is trying to determine the following:
- Fit: Can I offer a solution that solves the major problem(s) expressed by the prospective customer?
- Budget: Does the prospective customer have an actual budget allocated to pay for the solution?
- Probability to Close (PTC): How soon can I close the deal?
You are likely to hear some form of the following questions that attempts to get to the root of the three questions above.
Technology Corner, eBRIDGE Blog