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A Commentary on the World Health Innovation Network’s paper:

Visibility: The New Value Proposition for Health Systems.(Dr. Anne Snowdon, Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, October 2016)It was with great anticipation that we read the above noted paper when it was released by Dr. Snowdon, having heard so much about its forecasted impact on Canadian Healthcare.However, the excitement was short lived upon finding the report to be strangely reminiscent of an earlier paper produced by McKinsey & Company in 2... Read More

What The Heck Is Supply Chain Transformation

Supply chain transformation has been the buzz phrase in the Healthcare world for some time now, but what the heck is it?  The answer to this depends on who you are talking to.The traditional supply chain involved the movement of goods from supplier to demander, so from manufacturer to retailer, or manuf... Read More

Why Do You Need an EDI Solution?

Consider the hundreds of pages you have to create and pile through every day in order to run your business. Consider all of the time it takes to interface all of these documents with other businesses and systems in order to keep moving forward. Are you as efficient as you need to be to succeed?Manage Data with EDIEDI solutions (Electronic Data Interchange) are designed to help you manage this massive amount of paperwork. The conside... Read More

What do you need to get started with EDI?

EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange. It can make life so much easier for large businesses that need to pile through hundreds of pages of reports, invoices and data. Sounds great—but what does your business need to get started with EDI?Getting Started With EDIFirst of all, determine the volume of paper transactions your company processes—this will help you determine h... Read More

Who Uses EDI?

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) refers to the process of exchanging form information electronically. In many cases, it has saves thousands of hours (and countless dollars) for businesses with scores of documents to complete and file.EDI has been used in the past primarily by automotive and retail businesses, however in the past few years, the format has been more widely adopted. Manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, utility and construction companies are good ex... Read More

What We Do

Explaining what Commport does isn’t the easiest or sexiest thing to try to express especially in an elevator pitch style conversation. Statements like “we provide EDI and data sync services” are most often met with a look of confusion and when we go home at night to our spouses, all they seem to understand is that we work with computers. (but doesn’t just about everyone these days?)I was once coming home from a GS1 Standards Event and upon reaching customs I was faced with the ... Read More

What is Community Enablement?

From an ecommerce perspective, Community Enablement is a recognition that in order for a supply chain to be improved through the use of technologies such as EDI and data synchronization, there must be a defined program for participants to follow and that the large majority of participants in the supply chain must be on board with the program.Most programs lever... Read More

GDSN Implementations: What You Need to Know

GDSN is a universally accepted set of data formatting standards that ensures senders and receivers of product data are operating within the same structure and maintaining the highest levels of data integrity.Its advantages in efficiency, cost-savings and customer service are well documented at http://www.gs1.org, the web site of the non-profit organization that defined and maintains international GDSN standards.O... Read More

Which EDI Solution is Best for You?

So, you’re a manufacturer or supplier of goods. It could be tomatoes, it could be tires, it could be school textbooks...let’s just lump it all together as 'widgets'.As you’ve probably already discovered, producing or sourcing those widgets is just the start. Now you’ve got to get them into an environment where they can be sold to an end user.Electronic Data Interchange ExplainedTo accomplish this, there’s a lo... Read More

The Results Are In!

We Can’t Thank You EnoughAs a customer centric service organization, Commport is always looking for ways to better connect with our customers and to ensure that the services we provide are satisfying their needs and expectations. One important tool that we use to help support these initiatives is our annual Customer Satisfaction Survey which ran from July 1st to September 30th 2015.Commport’s customer satisfaction survey is conducted using an industry standard p... Read More

Data Issues and the Failure of Target Canada

As a Commport professional, I have always maintained that EDI is not really an IT function, rather it is a business function.  Doing B2B EDI and/or Global Data Synch effectively, means leveraging technology and international standards to efficiently reflect an organization’s business ... Read More