BYOD – an upward trend

 

Technological breakthroughs have reached all areas of daily life and, naturally, corporate environments are no exception. With increasingly versatile and intelligent devices, the ecosystem we used to work in just five years ago has totally changed. We have gone from the desktop workstation with a single computer per person to a much more dynamic setup where each worker can link up to their business information through a multitude of screens.

This multiplatform environment is reinforced by the widespread uptake of an increasingly popular attitude: BYOD or Bring Your Own Device. In other words, employees can choose to take their own mobile devices to work, mostly smartphones or tablets, not only to use the corporate networks for browsing, but also to request access to company resources and applications.

This situation sometimes gives rise to headaches for IT administrators, who have to deal with a plethora of devices from different manufacturers and with different operating system versions, while preventing the associated security risks.

Nevertheless, at the end of the day the advantages of BYOD outweigh the drawbacks. In a survey carried out by Fortinet, 43% of Spanish users believe that this trend improves working efficiency, since it enables business activities to be managed from outside the office.

At EDICOM we are convinced that mobile devices are essential tools for business, as they foster company efficiency and speed. This is why we recently launched Ediwin Monitor, the first app on the market for electronic data interchange, which allows users to view, download or check the status of their commercial transactions in real time.

Users of our EDI solutions can download this application free of charge from APP Store.

International Mondelez success story for supply chain

 

Application of EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) technology in the distribution chain means great advantages including cost reductions and increased sales. A good example of this is the case of Mondelēz International (formerly known as Kraft Foods), which managed to optimize its customers’ purchase orders thanks to an EDI solution rolled out by EDICOM, an exhibitor at Supply Chain Event.

Mondelēz International is a major US foods company, with over 100 brands renowned worldwide such as Milka, Trident or Philadelphia. The company uses electronic data interchange solutions with its customers to achieve more dynamic and clearer communications leading to savings on administrative management costs, but most of all to respond to the need to distribute their products swiftly and ensure better consumer satisfaction.

To do so, they relied on logistics management software from EDICOM focused on continuous replenishment of goods. The leading EDI multinational rolled out a tool called CRP FLOW that optimizes the generation of purchase orders by Mondelēz International’s customers.

However, getting the solution up and running was a challenge in two areas. On one hand, the close cooperation Mondelēz must maintain with its trading partners to achieve quality commercial and logistic information that serves to parameterize the tool correctly. And on the other, the need for ongoing analysis of the data generated by the application from the different messages received daily, since it is an intelligent management tool that evolves and falls into line with the new information as it comes into the EDI platform.

With the rollout of this tool, Mondelēz can deliver its products more efficiently, avoiding certain difficulties of the food sector such as expiry dates. Moreover, through the EDI solution they can deliver the goods swiftly and flexibly in transport conditions and dates that are profitable for both supplier and distributor.

If you would like to know more about the Mondelēz International success story, you can clic here.

 

EDICOMData – the first Aggregator certified by GS1 International for the TSD network

 

EDICOMData, the electronic data pool from EDICOM, has been certified by GS1 (Global Standard One) as the first product data synchronization platform authorized to work in the TSD (Trusted Source of Data) network.

Trusted Source of Data or TSD is the initiative launched by GS1 to set up an international network that enables the exchange of important product information for end consumers. A network designed to manage information in B2C environments, where approved solutions are known as Aggregators, and EDICOMData has now become the first ever solution worldwide to achieve this accreditation.

See GS1 certification.

 

What is the GS1 TSD (Trusted Source of Data) network?

TSD: The first ever B2C (Business to Consumer) network worldwide

The TSD network enables the exchange of product information under a single standard, simplifying interchanges between companies worldwide connected to an approved data pool.

The system for exchanging information between data pools through the TSD network is similar to GDSN (Global Data Synchronization Network), the only initiative in existence to date for synchronizing supplier and distributed product databases.

Unlike GDSN, which was designed to handle logistics or commercial information, the TSD network enables suppliers and distributors to synchronize their data with information aimed at the final consumer.

EDICOMData, which was already authorized as a GDSN solution, is now accredited to operate as a TSD system, becoming the world’s most comprehensive product data synchronization platform, working with the same tool in both frameworks.

 

What is a Data Aggregator?

Where the data reside

Aggregator is the name given to TSD solutions approved by GS1. An Aggregator e-catalogue or data pool functions as a database that stores the product information in a standard format, simplifying the exchange of information between all platforms accredited through the TSD network.

Exchanging information between data pools through the Trusted Source of Data responds to the growing need of businesses to provide relevant information for the final consumer of the products. Information such as their nutritional composition or allergy warnings, whose updating and delivery to the end consumer is simplified through Aggregator solutions like EDICOMData.

The network’s design simplifies the synchronization of product databases, allowing information to be kept updated and made available to consumers prior to completion of the sale in online sales websites, or even through mobile applications, which ultimately allows users to meet the requirements of European Regulation 1169/2011 on food safety.

 

Tips to avoid excessive paper usage

 

Every day, tons of paper is wasted worldwide. We make unnecessary duplicate copies and create documents whose life ends shortly after leaving the printer. Excessive consumption has serious consequences for the environment as well as for the running of businesses, which may find themselves faced with storage or privacy issues and a totally ineffective management.

On 24th of October, on the occasion of International Paper-free Day, Iron Mountain published details of a survey stating that half of the Spanish respondents claimed to have seen confidential information belonging to their company in their workplaces. These private data referred to peer remuneration (29,5%), financial details (13%) or performance reports (10,2%) misplaced or left on desks.

The same study also highlighted that 8% of respondents rated their work environment as a “paper chaos”. Offices in which the documents are stacked everywhere and where finding information becomes quite a complex task.

Here at EDICOM we would like to provide a few simple tips that will help combat these problems:

  • Before sending a document for printing, think about whether it is really necessary. Perhaps having it stored digitally would be much more convenient.
  • Do not make extra copies “just in case”. Print out only what you need at that time.
  • Organize and classify information you have on paper to avoid losing it.
  • Take advantage of the benefits the digital world has to offer. EDI solutions and electronic invoicing are excellent ways towards achieving a paperless office. This way, you will contribute to environmental improvement while saving on storage and managing your documents will be much simpler, convenient and productive.

Thanks to the electronic solutions rolled out by our clients, their companies have stopped printing out over 1 million pages. Or, what amounts to the same, this automated management has meant that 56,889 fewer trees were felled. This way, they have managed to help the environment while increasing efficiency in their company management and achieving an important economic saving.

To find out more about EDI as a sustainable technology to cut down on paper use, consult our expert analysis ‘EDI systems do away with the use of paper in businesses, helping protect the environment’

EDICOM invites you to attend Supply Chain Event 2013

SUPPLY CHAIN EVENT 2013

The event, to be held on 26 and 27 November in Paris, brings together more than 3,000 professionals from around the world seeking the best electronic solutions for optimum supply chain management.

Supply Chain Event
26th and 27th November
Pierre Curie Hall, CNIT
Paris La Défense
www.supplychain-event.com

Visit us at STAND F35

 

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