3 October 2022E-Invoicing in GermanyThe first country in our series of blogs regarding e-invoicing in the EU is Germany. Based on the Directive 2014/55/EU, e-invoicing is already mandatory in Germany for B2G transactions. Let's dive deeper into the current situation of e-invoicing in Germany.
26 September 2022Why & How Most European Countries Are Shifting Towards E-InvoicingMost European countries have discarded traditional ways of invoicing (snail mail, sending PDFs via email, etc.) and have adopted electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) instead. The methods and models differ between some countries, and we will dive into a few in this upcoming series of blogs.
29 August 2022Signs You Need a (New) EDI SolutionThinking it may be time to adjust the way your company handles EDI? Here are some warning signs that could indicate that business is ready to catch up with the latest document exchange technology.
11 August 2022Why Switch to a SaaS Solution if You’re Currently Using an On-Premise Solution? Why is everyone moving to the cloud? If you don’t know by now, we’ll get you up to speed.
3 August 2022Top 5 FAQs for Implementing an EDI Solution We've gathered some of the most common questions customers have when starting out with EDI, so it’s likely you may be wondering about them as well. Remember, we’re here to help guide you through your EDI implementation journey.
1 August 2022IT & Sustainability Sustainable IT is the concept that the creation, management, and disposal of information technology can have a minimal impact on the environment. But how does it connect to an EDI solution?
20 May 2022How Digitalization Positively Impacts Company SustainabilityEvery company wants to improve business process efficiency, transaction security, and sustainability. That’s a fact.
5 April 20223 Challenges in EDI & How to Overcome Them (With TIE Kinetix) Don't let these common EDI challenges get in your way of total EDI integration!
14 March 2022How to Maximize the Value of Procure-to-Pay and Source-to-Pay SolutionsYou may already be familiar with procure-to-pay and source-to-pay processes, and maybe you have already implemented one or more solutions to support these processes. But did you know that you can maximize the value of procure-to-pay and source-to-pay solutions by digitalizing B2B transactions with all of your business partners?
2 March 2022Digitalization vs. DigitizationIf you want to boost efficiency and achieve true digital transformation, it’s time to leave digitization solutions in the past. Let’s begin with an anecdote.
24 February 2022How to Optimize Your Invoice-to-Pay Process Optimizing your invoice-to-pay (I2P) process may be easier than you think. Plus, it's a crucial step toward error-free transactions.
22 February 2022E-Invoicing for Beginners If you haven't had to worry about e-invoicing yet (or are just putting it off), here's a quick guide for beginners!
9 February 2022Everything You Need to Know to Become EDI Capable So, you’re a beginner when it comes to EDI, or maybe you’d just like a refresher course. That’s okay— we’re here to provide you with a comprehensive review of the basics.
8 December 2021What Is an EDIFACT ORDRSP?ORDRSP is yet another EDIFACT message, but the most important thing to know is that it’s code for Purchase Order Response Message.
6 December 2021EDI 997: What Is a Functional Acknowledgment?The EDI 997 is a (purely) functional acknowledgement of a previously sent message or group of messages in accordance with the ANSI X12 standard for EDI.
6 December 2021What Is an EDIFACT CONTRL Message?The EDIFACT CONTRL (CONTRoL) message serves as a confirmation of sorts, and it is similar to ANSI X12’s EDI 997 transaction set. You can also compare it to the Peppol Invoice Response message.
24 November 2021What Is the EDI 855 Document Type?Surprise, surprise! The EDI 855 document type is yet another ANSI X12 transaction set—and quite a common one at that. The most important thing to know is that the extended transaction set name is EDI 855 Purchase Order Acknowledgement.
17 November 2021How Peppol Invoice Responses Transform Daily OperationsDo you (or your team) spend a lot of time responding to supplier inquiries regarding the status of their invoices? Do you want this to stop? Well, if you’re exchanging invoices via the Peppol network, we’ve got good news for you.
17 November 2021INVOIC: An EDIFACT InvoiceIf your customer asks you to send them an INVOIC, it’s (most likely) not a spelling error. But even though an INVOIC and an invoice are one in the same, you’ll want to avoid mixing them up.
9 November 2021What Is an EDI 810 Document? Maybe you’ve never heard of an EDI 810, but you’ve certainly heard of an invoice. In a basic sense, an EDI 810 document is an invoice. An electronic invoice in accordance with the ANSI X12 standard for EDI, that is.
3 November 2021What Is a DESADV Message? The DESADV message is an electronic dispatch advice message in accordance with the EDIFACT standard for electronic document exchange. It contains useful information about a shipment.
3 November 2021PINT Is the Future of Peppol The Peppol network is becoming increasingly popular, not only in Europe, but all over the world. Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore have recently joined the community, and with PINT, it seems that Peppol is also making its way into Japan and the U.S.
28 October 2021The Two Sides of EDI IntegrationIf you’re tired of logging in to tens (or maybe even hundreds) of your customers’ supplier portals so that you can send your invoices and get paid, you’re probably thinking: There must be an easier way. And you’re right. It’s called EDI integration.
27 October 2021Improve Working Capital Through AP Automation You know the obvious tips for improving your working capital, but did you know that automating your procure-to-pay or AP process can make a huge difference? You do now.
21 October 2021Guide to Choosing the Right EDI ProviderWhile we can’t provide you with the ultimate guide to EDI and an exhaustive list of the best EDI service providers, we can give you a list of all the things you should consider when attempting to make a decision, regardless of if you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran.
18 October 2021EDI 856 ExplainedThe EDI 856 typically serves as a follow-up to the EDI 855 purchase order acknowledgement and virtually guarantees that the order will be delivered on time and as promised.
29 September 2021The Key to Connectivity: Interoperability & Open NetworksInteroperability and the use of open networks both have the power to transform (international) business. Take a deeper look.
23 September 2021What It Takes to Be EDI CompliantIt must not be too hard to meet EDI compliance requirements, right? Right. If you know what you’re doing, that is.
14 September 2021What Is E-Procurement?The journey to 100% supply chain digitalization doesn't stop at e-invoicing. Enter e-procurement.
6 September 2021EDI Managed Services vs. SaaSSaaS solutions are inherently flexible, scalable and offer a predictable pricing model - but the same cannot be said for EDI managed services.
30 August 2021What Is the SCAC Code?With so many carriers to choose from, it can be very hard to keep track of all your shipments and containers without a standardized identification method.
27 August 2021E-Invoicing in the Netherlands: Everything You Need to Know For the Netherlands, the deadline has well passed, and today, e-invoicing is gaining momentum—even in the B2B space!
25 August 2021Peppol Compliancy: List of RequirementsWe’ve filtered out the information that’s important for you to be aware of as either the sender and/or recipient of electronic document exchange via the Peppol network.
19 August 2021Pros & Cons: Dynamic Discounting vs. Supply Chain FinanceIn utilizing one (or both) methods, buyers and suppliers can achieve their goals despite conflicting motives.
14 August 2021EDI 820: What Is an EDI Payment and When Do You Use It?When it comes to EDI transactions, EDI payments are often left in the dark when compared to purchase orders or invoices.
11 August 2021Trending Now: Cut Through the Noise & Gain Actionable InsightsData has penetrated daily life to the point that it’s hard to remember a time when we made decisions based on (cringe) assumptions.
9 August 2021What Is Peppol?If you’re engaging in business-to-government (B2G) transactions in Europe (or planning to), familiarity with Peppol is a must.
3 August 2021What Is Order-X?Order-X. It sounds mysterious, almost like it's something out of a James Bond movie! But Order-X isn’t a secret, and it’s certainly not from a movie.
28 July 2021International Invoicing for Beginners: What Is VAT Rate?When sending invoices to different countries, different tax rules may apply than what you’re used to—especially if you’re used to dealing with sales and use tax in the U.S.
26 July 2021What Is SEPA?It has introduced new electronic payment methods and has ensured that all payments made in euros within the SEPA area are standardized.
14 July 2021European Invoice Requirements for U.S. Multinational CompaniesEverything you need to take into account regarding invoicing when engaging in B2B and/or B2G transactions overseas.
29 June 2021EDI 850: Purchase Order ExplainedPurchase orders are the soul of EDI transactions. It’s the trigger that sets the entire EDI transaction in motion.
29 June 2021Why Sending Invoices via Email Makes You Vulnerable to Supply Chain AttacksThese attacks are more common than you might think and they usually happen via malware that enters your supply chain via a trading partner.
23 June 2021Supply Chain Attacks: What Are They & How Can You Protect Yourself?According to the U.S. National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), an estimated 80% of cyber attacks worldwide occur through supply chains.
15 June 2021EDI Mapping 101: Direct vs. Canonical Data ModelSetting up or changing maps can indeed become a nightmare without canonical mapping or support from the right EDI mapping services.
15 June 2021Intro to EDI Standards & SubsetsFrom manufacturing to retail to automotive, you’ll find that electronic document exchange has penetrated just about every industry today.
14 June 2021How Supply Chain Visibility Software Enhances Local & Global Optimization The methodological considerations necessary for achieving a successful sourcing strategy with the help of supply chain visibility software.
8 June 2021AWS or Azure: Where Should Amazon Vendor Central Sellers Store EDI Data?Amazon vendors are becoming increasingly aware of the conflicts of interest that can arise when all or part of their data is stored in the AWS Cloud.
3 June 2021Why Global Supply Chain Management Is Turning Local For manufacturers that have adopted strategic sourcing methods to achieve supply chain agility, there’s one topic that has been top of mind throughout the ongoing corona crisis: Is it time to rethink globalization in the supply chain? And how can localization efforts support a global supply chain?
1 June 2021How Strategic Sourcing Helps Manufacturers Increase AgilityManufacturers today have learned (and continue to learn) from recent experiences and are doing everything in their power to increase supply chain agility as quickly as possible.
24 May 2021Key EDI Transaction Codes in AutomotiveEDI becomes more important than ever to support seamless collaboration among all business partners involved in the supply chain.
18 May 20213 Influential Developments in EDIVarious in-market trends, technological advancements, and global events have majorly impacted trade, and, therefore, document exchange.
12 May 2021Web EDI: The Importance of Real-Time Inventory Tracking in the Automotive IndustryMany businesses have turned to EDI to ensure inventory is tracked in real time across the supply chain to avoid stockouts and other inventory-related issues.
5 May 2021Real-World Experiences with EDI Projects Businesses are moving fast, and they’re in desperate need of technical solutions that can make their supply chain processes run more efficiently.
3 May 2021How Much Does EDI Cost?Some investments are so undeniably necessary and valuable that you might even say they’re…priceless.
26 April 2021Need for Speed: 3-Way Match in the Automotive AftermarketIf one thing is certain in the automotive aftermarket, retailers, dealers, and OEMs are moving fast to keep up with consumer expectations.
20 April 2021Emergence of Omnichannel Retail in the Automotive IndustryToday, the retail shopping experience has become far more complex—even in the automotive industry.
19 April 20216 E-Invoicing Implementation ChallengesGood preparation and the right solution provider at your side is essential for success.
9 April 2021The Advantages of Web EDIThere are unique solutions for small businesses which enable them to also benefit from the advantages of electronic document exchange.
1 April 20214 Defining Trends in E-Commerce LogisticsE-commerce businesses are racing to optimize warehouse and distribution operations before they get left behind.
23 March 2021Understanding the Digital Supply ChainThe concept of a digital supply chain is nothing new, but what constitutes a digital supply chain is changing by the day.
16 March 2021Why E-Commerce Integration Is More Important Than EverSince the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the growth of e-commerce has accelerated like never before.
12 March 2021ETL & EAI: What Are the Differences?Here you’ll find the differences between ETL and EAI, but you can also read about many other solution types here.
11 March 2021The Link Between Business Continuity & Disaster RecoveryYou can have a disaster recovery plan without a business continuity plan, but you can’t have a business continuity plan without a disaster recovery plan.
8 March 2021How Electronic Invoicing Can Lower Your Days Sales Outstanding (DSO)Most companies aim to keep the DSO as low as possible. Many turn to electronic invoicing to get the job done.
28 February 2021Beyond Paperless: How EDI Contributes to a Sustainable Supply Chain StrategyDid you know that by exchanging your business documents electronically, you’re saving trees? Of course you did!
22 February 2021The Engine That Fuels a Successful Just-In-Time (JIT) Inventory ApproachThere is one industry in particular that has paved the way to the just-in-time philosophy: Automotive.
19 February 2021How AI & Machine Learning Are Shaping EDIThe features of AI are shaping EDI in ways we could only dream of in the past. Namely, it allows for even less human intervention, taking the benefits of EDI to a whole new level.
17 February 2021Closing the Gap: Why Cloud-Based Solutions Are the New NormForward-thinking businesses, regardless of industry, have already migrated all or most of their data to the cloud. To keep up, their competitors are following suit.
16 February 2021Drop Shipping & EDI: 10 Most Common Questions AnsweredHere are the answers to 10 of the most commonly asked questions from both retailers and suppliers, including some useful information on how EDI fits into it all.
12 February 2021File Transfers Explained: Formats & Protocols for Sending Structured DataNo matter if the file is a simple Word document attached to an email, an electronic invoice sent via VAN, or a 20 GB video, file transfers get our information from point A to point B so that we can get sh** done.
8 February 2021What Is Integration & Where Is It Heading?Every individual system and application in use within an organization, especially those that may contain duplicate data, must be integrated sooner rather than later.
4 February 2021B2B Electronic Invoicing in France: A 2024 ObligationFrance is continuing on its path to becoming 100% digital for intercompany transactions by gradually implementing e-invoicing mandates for business-to-business (B2B) exchanges.
29 January 2021SCM & Strategic Supplier ManagementEven though supply chain management is a broad term, it can be narrowed down to two very different approaches: reactive and strategic.
28 January 2021E-Invoicing in GermanyElectronic invoicing in Germany isn’t all that simple. Specific regulations vary across the country, so here’s everything you need to know, including important deadlines per state.
26 January 2021Brexit: What Impact Does It Have on E-Commerce? Now that the UK is no longer part of the EU, this has (administrative) consequences for your exports. Here's everything you need to know.
20 January 20213PL EDI Integration: A Key Advantage in LogisticsTo remain competitive, many businesses are rethinking their supply chain processing. A common practice is to outsource shipping and fulfillment operations to third-party logistics (3PL) providers.
18 January 2021E-Invoicing in France: Then & NowIn France, it is mandatory to send e-invoices to public authorities. For government suppliers, the obligation took place in phases based on company size.
15 January 2021What is Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI)?Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) is a supply chain methodology that aims to create a dynamic relationship between a buyer and a vendor, or supplier, to ensure a smooth ordering process.
8 January 20212021 E-Invoicing Deadlines Cheat SheetDo you often do business with foreign countries within and/or outside of Europe? Then it’s important for you to know everything that will change in 2021.
7 January 2021E-Invoicing in FinlandBusinesses in Finland have been sending invoices electronically since the 1990s. Today, an astounding 95% of all invoices sent to the state are in an electronic format.
5 January 2021Purchase Order vs. Sales Order: What’s the Difference?When companies exchange data electronically, the terms purchase order (PO) and sales order (SO) often come up in the ordering process. Here's how they differ.
28 December 2020E-Invoicing in PortugalHere's the most up-to-date information regarding e-invoicing requirements in Portugal.
27 December 2020E-Invoicing in the EUWith all the well-proven advantages such as speed, cost savings, and accuracy, most organizations have come to the decision that it’s no longer justifiable to stick with paper processes.
10 December 2020Holiday Edit: How E-Commerce Retailers Meet Consumer Expectations If the advantages of EDI in e-commerce haven’t already presented themselves to retailers this year, we guarantee that will change before the end of 2020.
27 November 2020B2B EDI for the Wholesale Food IndustryTo maximize business-to-business (B2B) operations, the most successful food wholesalers have fully automated their supply chains. They’ve done this by employing a wholesale EDI solution.
26 November 2020Can Your EDI Solution Double as a Customer Communication Management (CCM) Tool?CCM tools can be great, but many organizations may not need a special customer communication management platform to achieve their goals.
20 November 2020EDIFACT: A Standard for EDIA simplified definition would be that EDIFACT is an international standard format developed by the UN for electronic data exchange between trading partners via EDI—but there’s a lot more to it, of course.
17 November 2020AS2 Protocol: AS2 EDI at a GlanceAS2 protocol reigns supreme in the retail space and is one of the most secure and widely used communication methods across many industries. Here's why it's so popular.
10 November 2020Achieve Procure-to-Pay Automation with E-Commerce IntegrationWhen you hear the term "procure-to-pay" in the context of e-commerce integration, it’s most often used to discuss end-to-end data exchange via systems connections. AKA procure-to-pay automation.
28 October 2020Quick Tips for ERP System Integration with EDI SolutionsERP integration with an EDI solution enables seamless communication between both systems—no more switching back and forth! Here are a few tips regarding the process.
20 October 2020It’s Not EDI vs. API for B2B Integration, It’s BothWhen it comes to the topic of EDI vs. API, there are two primary debates. For electronic document exchange, and B2B data and systems integration.
9 October 2020SYSPRO x TIE Kinetix: Webinar HighlightsTIE Kinetix recently participated in a webinar with SYSPRO (one of our ERP partners) to showcase how SYSPRO customers have a unique opportunity to improve their supply chain operations directly through their SYSPRO ERP system.
1 October 2020My Customer is Asking for an E-Invoice, What Now?More and more businesses are receiving requests from their customers to send e-invoices. Here's what's in it for you as a supplier and how you can get started.
29 September 2020Effective Change Management for Supplier EnablementIf one thing is certain in today’s retail landscape, effective supply chain management relies, in part, on effective change management—planning for change, managing change, and reinforcing change.
23 September 2020Top 5 Benefits of EDIRegardless of industry, size, or technical capabilities, the benefits of EDI are countless. Here are the top five benefits (plus an added bonus).
20 September 2020Opinion: Public Authorities Should Encourage Suppliers to Switch to E-InvoicingTo make the most of electronic invoicing (e-invoicing), public authorities should actively encourage their suppliers to participate in this type of exchange, as it benefits both parties involved.
15 September 2020Get Your Invoices Paid Faster During COVID-19 TimesExceptional economic measures are being taken in response to COVID-19. But what can you personally do to get paid faster in these times?
10 September 2020Here’s Why ASN Is Critical in RetailThe ASN, or Advance Ship Notice (Advanced Shipping Notice), is the most important communication protocol when it comes to assuring that an order will be delivered as promised.
10 September 2020HR’s Role in Lean ManufacturingLean manufacturing emphasizes supply chain efficiency, from just-in-time (JIT) production to improving communication with partners. HR can play a surprising role in this.
9 September 20205 Reasons to Switch to Cloud-Based EDITo outsource EDI, or not to outsource EDI: That’s the question. Here are some pros of adopting a SaaS solution.
8 September 2020EDI VAN: What Is a Value-Added Network & Why Is It Important?In Europe, VAN services are most often included in your SaaS solution for EDI. In the U.S., however, a VAN is typically a stand-alone offering. For this post, we will focus on VAN services in the U.S.
7 September 2020Opinion: Mandate the Use of Secure Networks for E-InvoicingIn order to transmit invoices securely, it is up to the government to take new steps towards e-invoicing by mandating the use of secure networks and ensuring an electronic invoicing process.
3 September 2020The Relationship Between Supply Chain & Value ChainIs there a significant difference between the value chain and the supply chain? If so, where does the value chain come into play?
1 September 2020Must-Know EDI Transactions in Manufacturing There are certain industries in which electronic data interchange, or EDI, reigns supreme. The manufacturing industry is certainly one of them.
28 August 2020I Just Want to Send My Invoices: A Common Supplier Dilemma One Dutch entrepreneur (and end user) told us exactly what we needed to hear to improve our FLOW platform for B2G e-invoicing. Here's how we've simplified the process.
20 August 20203 Simple EDI Solutions for Small Businesses We understand the challenge: EDI order processing and EDI invoicing can be complex for smaller partners who may not have the budget, nor the resources, for EDI technology.
18 August 2020The Role of Small Partners in Digital Supply Chain TransformationHow many of your partners are small and medium-sized? If you fall into the majority, your answer should be around 80%. But why is this important?
14 August 2020The Difference Between OCR Technology & Electronic Data ProcessingContrary to popular belief, OCR and electronic processing solutions are far from being one and the same. Especially when it comes to PDF conversion.
12 August 20205 Ways to Reduce Your Supply Chain CostsChanging consumer demands bring about new complexities that call for enhanced supply chain performance all while keeping supply chain costs as low as possible.
10 August 20205 Benefits of Electronic InvoicingWhen it comes to B2G (business-to-government) and B2B invoicing, especially when international transactions are involved, there are endless benefits of electronic invoicing.
6 August 2020The Difference Between "Digital" & "Electronic" DocumentsAre you engaging in digital document exchange, electronic document exchange, or both?
29 July 2020EDI 101: What Is EDI?Electronic data interchange is necessary for most B2B transactions in today’s business environment. That's mainly because it has the potential to dramatically improve supply chain efficiency, as well as reduce costs and much more.