6 Ways EDI Removes Barriers To Commerce With Trading Partners

As long as most of us can remember, there have been roadblocks to trading with our suppliers and customers. The noble EDI sales forces kept repeating how their product would knock down these roadblocks faster than a speeding bullet! Well, let’s bring in the usual suspects and see.
1. Business processes built around paper handling may not be suited for EDI.

2. Another significant barrier is the cost in time and money in the initial set-up.

3. EDI can save a lot of money if an effective number of partners are identified.

4. Routers and servers on the net may store e-commerce data for indeterminate periods.
5. For e-commerce to work, both online companies and Internet consumers must be willing to disclose information about themselves.
6. Many view EDI from the technical perspective that EDI is a data format.

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Pastor Murder In Nice

Keep watching this case. More interesting than OJ Simpson


Here are the latest news clips from the murders of Helene Pastor and her chauffeur outside a Nice hospital in May.

June 21, 2014

Around twenty people were arrested late yesterday afternoon by police investigating the murders of Helene Pastor and her chauffeur outside a Nice hospital in May. Two of the arrested are believed to be Mme Pastor’s daughter Sylvia and her son-in-law Wojciech Ratkowski, the Polish consul in Monaco. Further arrests were made in Nice, Marseille and Rennes, with the presumed killers of Comoran origin.
June 25, 2014
23 people have now been arrested in connection with the murders of Helène Pastor and her chauffeur in early May. It is thought that her daughter Sylvia is only in custody to help police with their enquiries, but they are looking at irregular movements of money between Mme…

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Utica Comets Halt Rampage 5-2

The Utica Comets might have stolen one.

Outskated much of the night and outshot by a wide margin, the Comets got a huge game from goalie Joacim Eriksson and another great effort on the penalty kill to score a 5-2 American Hockey League victory over the San Antonio Rampage Friday before a sold-out crowd at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

“Good teams find a way to win,” said forward Brandon DeFazio, who wasn’t sure stolen was the right word. “It’s not the effort we wanted, but it’s a good sign to win that kind of game that we might not have won last year.”

Eriksson, part of the Comets’ Swedish Connection with Jacob Markstrom that has allowed just seven goals in six games to help the Comets jump out to a 4-1-1-0 start and into first place in the North Division, made 39 stops to frustrate the Rampage.

“It’s a game that easily could have gone the other way,” said Comets coach Travis Green. “I thought we were a little soft on the puck … I thought our goalie kept us in it at times.”

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PortMiami, Florida Railway Form Partnership for Faster Shipments

PortMiami and Florida East Coast Railway said they have formed an alliance to offer ship-to-rail transfer for faster shipments.

Through Sunshine Gateway, PortMiami can handle increased volume, and the service has the potential to reach about 70% of the U.S. population in four days or less.

“In order to meet the needs of supply chain managers, it is important for various modes of transportation to work together seamlessly. We are pleased with the positive impact we have seen as a result of our partnership with PortMiami and look forward to continuing to provide effective solutions for shippers,” FECR President James Hertwig said in a statement.

The on-dock intermodal rail facility provides shippers with lead times that match trucking, with reduced carbon emissions, according to PortMiami.

Port of Miami
Port of Miami

Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) and PortMiami, through a strategic alliance, are offering the Sunshine Gateway service, which includes on-dock intermodal rail capabilities.  This seamless ship to rail transfer allows the port to handle additional volumes and ensures that shipments move more quickly and efficiently with the potential to reach 70 percent of the United States population in four days or less.

“Our goal has always been to facilitate the process of cargo shipments for fast and efficient delivery to our customers,” said Juan M. Kuryla, PortMiami Director.  “Through our partnership with FECR, we are expanding access for shipments coming into and out of the port to reach their final destinations seamlessly and with greater reliability.”

Another proactive step has been the PortMiami -50 ft. deep dredge project enabling the port to handle larger TEU vessels.  Kuryla stated, “Our investments in infrastructure and collaboration with innovative providers like FECR, ensure that we are well positioned for the Panama Canal expansion.”

President and CEO James R. Hertwig noted, “In today’s global marketplace, shippers often need solutions that go beyond the United States borders and involve multiple modes to move goods from the point of origin to the final destination.  In order to meet the needs of supply chain managers, it is important for various modes of transportation to work together seamlessly.  We are pleased with the positive impact we have seen as a result of our partnership with PortMiami and look forward to continuing to provide effective solutions for shippers.”

In January 2015, FECR and PortMiami will hold an event celebrating this new service.

About PortMiami
PortMiami is among America’s busiest ports and recognized across the globe with the dual distinction of being the Cruise Capital of the World and the Cargo Gateway of the Americas. PortMiami contributes more than $27 billion annually to the South Florida economy and helps provide direct and indirect employment for more than 207,000. For more information please visit www.miamidade.gov/portmiami.

About Florida East Coast Railway
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) is committed to providing customers with outstanding reliability, flexibility and connectivity. The company provides a wide range of economical services, including carload and door-to-door intermodal solutions across North America.  In addition, FECR connects customers to worldwide locations through its strategic partnerships with PortMiami and other South Florida partners.  For more information, visit www.fecrwy.com.

Sunshine Gateway
Sunshine Gateway
Sunshine Gateway
Sunshine Gateway

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Comets blank Flames in Home Opener

Jacob Markstrom pitched another shutout, extending his unscored-upon streak to 172 minutes, 33 seconds.

Rookie Hunter Shinkaruk scored his first professional goal, and the Utica Comets opened their home season with a 3-0 American Hockey League victory over the Adirondack Flames before a sold out crowd of 3,815 Wednesday at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Nicklas Jensen and Brandon DeFazio scored other goals for the Comes, 3-1-1-0 in the young season, and Markstrom, who blanked the Rampage in San Antonio last Friday, stopped 29 shots.

The Comets got the jump on the Flames when Shinkaruk scored on a power play late in the first period, beating Joni Ortio from from the right circle. Dustin Jeffrey dug the puck out of the right corner to set up the play, Darren Archibald, although he didn’t get an assist – Travis Ehrhardt did – helped out by camping in the crease.

When Supply Chains Merge: Mistakes To Avoid

Most mergers and acquisitions fail to live up to expectations. All too often companies focus on quick-fix cost-cutting opportunities and ignore the long-term, strategic supply chain implications. Following these steps will help you avoid that trap.
Took a look at a recent article by Harpal Singh, Ph.D.

All about establishing an effective and efficient consolidated supply chain. Post-merger activities—such as closing plants, laying off workers, and reducing wages—end up disrupting the supply chain, poor operational performance and reduced revenue. Trade short-term cost-cutting measures for long-term issues like redundancies and synergies. Big hitters are streamlining the sales organization, merging product offerings, and consolidating the production of intermediate components. There are even lower hanging fruits (inventory)  between  a manufacturer and a distributor. So look at improving the planning processes.

Before anybody changes ANYTHING, somebody needs to fully analyze the structure. Identify and set to the side any clearly redundunt businesses. Then make a list of improvement opportunities, duplications and synergies.

Been there and done it:
This whole process sounds like building a Supply Chain Control Tower!
Scrambled my tail off a lot of years ago (1986) with the GE/RCA merger.

Read more: http://www.ec-bp.com/index.php/articles/industry-updates/10752-when-supply-chains-merge-mistakes-to-avoid#ixzz3GliQS1tz

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ISIS Terrorists Caught Entering The US via Mexico

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According to  Judicial Watch, it has been confirmed by Homeland Security sources that four Islamic  terrorists have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr. California Congressman Duncan Hunter, a former Marine Corp Major and member of the House Armed Services Committee, disclosed on national television that at least ten Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria ( ISIS) fighters have been caught crossing the Mexican border in Texas.

Guess that was an easy catch: they always ride around standing up in pickup trucks hanging on to their machine guns.

Hunter believes, “If you really want to protect Americans from ISIS, you secure the southern border.” He went on to point out that, “ISIS doesn’t have a navy, they don’t have an air force, they don’t have nuclear weapons. The only way…

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Oregon Tourists Enjoyed La Canne à Sucre in Nice, France

La Canne à Sucre in Nice, France (on the Promenade des Anglais at the corner of rue du Congres) is known as the friendliest restaurant in Nice.

La Canne à Sucre
La Canne à Sucre

Shown enjoying the great food are Oregon tourists Jan Haverly and Vicki Swain. They had a great dinner too.

They stayed in Nice on the way from Italy to Spain.

La Canne à Sucre
La Canne à Sucre

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Find out about Rail and Transit Projects in a New York Minute

How many transit-rail projects are under way in the United States and Canada today? It would be difficult to count each and every transit expansion, station improvement or track project, but we believe our annual Passenger Rail at a Glance guide serves as a good gauge. This year, 32 agencies responded to our requests for capital project and general agency information to publish in our guide. The majority of their responses can be found here, in the guide itself, while information on five new rail projects under way or on the docket at agencies were posted as an online supplement to the guide. There are, as always, some transit agencies that didn’t respond and are noticeably missing, but we believe the information we collected this year is a representative sampling of the transit work that’s happening now or scheduled to begin soon. Thanks to Angela Cotey  for pointing us to this spot We used to try and track all the transit agencies, but it got a little tough to do workload wise, so we really appreciate. Enjoy! Pictured at top is NY City’s Second Avenue

Washington  DC Streetcar
Washington DC Streetcar

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Golf Channel analyst says Mickelson lied about Watson’s captaincy

Golf Channel analyst says Mickelson lied about Watson’s captaincy

Phil Mickelson thought for several seconds, visibly conflicted about saying what was about to come out of his mouth. He decided it was worth it.

“No, nobody here was in any decision,” Mickelson said, trying to describe what he seemed to believe was the autocratic style Tom Watson used to guide the losing American Ryder Cup team.

Sitting in the same news conference as Mickelson, Watson denied the charge, saying player and vice-captain input determined the pairings on Friday and Saturday. As the PGA of America prepares to announce a task force to move forward from defeat, Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee remains an adamant defender of Watson’s captaincy and, by extension, reputation.


Appearing on CBS Sports Radio’s “The John Feinstein Show” on Wednesday, Chamblee took up for the eight-time major winner.

“In that press conference, Phil said they didn’t have any say in this Ryder Cup,” Chamblee said. “And I know for a fact that all the players were brought together with their caddies and Tom walked amongst them and said, ‘Tell me who you want to play with. Write it down on a sheet of paper, and all of you tell me who you want to play with. Let me know.’  And everybody but one person contributed there.”

It almost sounds like semantics. Mickelson’s definition of involvement is probably deeper than speaking up on which players wanted to team together, which is kind of standard in a Ryder Cup. However, it was the brain of Steve Stricker that came up with the surprisingly effective pairing of Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

Chamblee later told Feinstein the common thread in the last 10 Ryder Cups has been Mickelson, suggesting the left-hander take more pride in wins and losses in the biennial series.

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