ASN Document Structures

Like a book, an ASN document is strictly a top-down hierarchy, in that each parent (a level that contains lower levels) may have many children (a level that has levels above it), but each child may have only one parent. Many levels of depth are supported, so that each child – regardless of its position in the hierarchy – may in turn be the parent of many children of its own. Also, it is possible that the same information may be repeated as many times as might be required – just as a word, sentence, paragraph, or even chapter may be repeated more than once within a book. Continue reading

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Don’t let the name fool you, we do more than EDI!

In 1995, when Edisoft was founded, while EDI was not new it was still not a “requirement” in many business circles such as it is today. EDI technology that was available to the SMB market at that time was very cumbersome, unreliable, and to put it simply, inadequate. Our goal back then was to provide a better EDI product that was directly integrated into clients ERP products to reduce a lot of the work that they were doing, increase their accuracy, and help them work smarter overall. Since that time EDI has matured, become a requirement in most business circles, and as part of this process has extended to many parts of our clients businesses other than simple orders and invoices.

The benefit of EDI extending too many parts of clients businesses is that we’ve had to find better and smarter ways to do things. We’ve accomplished some of this through the development of new products, some through the establishment of strategic relationships. While EDI has always been our core focus, many of these enhancements that we’ve made have been able to benefit our customers with their non-EDI needs, or have extended to new customers that do not have any EDI needs at all. Here are a couple of examples that I’m particularly proud of.  Continue reading

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Working at Edisoft: Enabling Successful Partnerships

Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new year 2012!

I am excited to let you know that I recently joined the Edisoft Sales Team and am focused on our business partnerships within the Sage Accpac Channel.  I have been in a Sales role with a number of successful software companies for 16 years. One of my goals through this blog is to raise awareness of Edisoft and why it continues to be the leading choice for integrated EDI solutions within the Sage community. Continue reading

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What is AS2?

AS2 – which stands for “Applicability Statement 2” – is a method of exchanging documents directly between trading partners without the need to have a third-party go-between like a VAN to carry the documents. Instead, when a document is sent computers at each of the two trading partners (sender and receiver) talk directly to each other. Continue reading

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How does a Remote Warehouse module work?

More and more companies are outsourcing the storage and shipping of their products to Third Party Logistic companies (3PLs), also known to us as Remote Warehouses. This could apply both to companies that have their products manufactured overseas (who may have all of the products handled by a 3PL) and companies that manufacture their own products. Some of these companies will outsource some of the storage and shipping of their products in order to maintain warehouses in multiple parts of the continent. Continue reading

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Why do we do ASNs?

Let’s face it – Advance Ship Notices (ASNs) can be a pain. So why do we do them, anyways?

At its most basic level, an ASN document is the electronic equivalent of a packing slip, letting the receiver know what items are included in any given shipment. It will contain a list of all items and their quantities included in the shipment, allowing a warehouse or store to prepare to receive the goods, such as by allocating the required space. And as long as the ASN comes from a trusted source, the goods can be booked directly into inventory as soon as the shipment arrives, without requiring that a manual count be done. Continue reading

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What are SDQ Orders?

In the retail industry trading partners will frequently send purchase orders that allow goods from a single order to be routed to multiple final destinations, either directly or indirectly. This is done by including one or more SDQ segments for each item on the order, splitting the full quantity specified in the PO1 segment into smaller quantities destined for one or more locations. Continue reading

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What is a Musical Run?

Ask a Broadway performer – or Google – what a musical run is and they’ll tell you that it’s how long a particular musical plays in a particular venue.

Ask a musician what a musical run is, and he or she will tell you that it is a series of notes that ascend or descend – or both – the scale in quick session, and if anyone tells you anything else they are tone deaf, a Broadway performer, or Google (which all amount to pretty much the same thing – an uncultured heathen).  Continue reading

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