HOW DID ELECTRONIC DATA INTERCHANGE HELP BUSINESSES PIVOT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

By
BOLD VAN Marketing
August 27, 2023
5 min read
Share this post

By Molly Goad

During the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we noticed that electronic data interchange (EDI) helped businesses overcome many challenges.Companies faced supply issues, as lockdowns and closures halted production. When things got up and running again, manufacturers had to account for frequent staff shortages due to workers contracting the illness or quarantining. It became clear that pandemic setbacks weren't going away.But EDI equals communication, and during tough times, the highest level of communication is crucial. EDI services give companies a direct line to the procurement team — the people who are in the know about any production delays. During the ups and downs of 2020, business plans were often adjusted with the swift knowledge that a certain part or product was hard to come by.Now that we are more than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's a good time to pause for a little self-reflection. I'd love to hear from you and share a compilation of experiences on this blog. Answer one question, all, or none. There are no rules here.

1) AS A BUSINESS OWNER, HOW DID YOU PIVOT?

Pivot is a buzzword that saw an uptick in usage in 2020. Companies all over the world pivoted: distilleries produced hand sanitizer, a recycling company saved jobs by shifting to face-shield manufacturing, and struggling restaurants got creative. (My favorite local pizzeria sold pizza “kits” with all the trimmings so you could make their delicious ‘za safely at home.)What changes did you make to your business model? Even tiny changes can make a big difference during unprecedented times.

2) WITH TODAY's KNOWLEDGE, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?

Think back to March 2020, when uncertainty, fear, and trepidation were in the air. Hindsight is always 20/20, so what would you have changed during those first few weeks to get ahead of the game? (I might have bought a trampoline or an outdoor heater before they became hard to come by.)

3) WHAT ARE YOU SUPER PROUD OF?

In what areas did you knock it out of the park? With my children at home 24/7, I incorporated them in my writing when appropriate. If I had to decide between two topics for a column, I explained the choices and we took a vote. They were tickled to be included and I felt like a super-hero working mom.

4) HOW DID EDI HELP YOU WEATHER THE STORM?

Were setbacks flagged immediately in your system? I'd love to hear what worked beautifully and what needed finessing. Many of our customers praised the visibility our Distribution Enablement System (DES) offered when production was unpredictable.

SHARE YOUR STORY

So, what's your story? I'd love to hear all about it! Comment on this post via LinkedIn to add to the discussion. (I'll be dishing out the gold stars!) 

BOLD VAN Marketing
Engineering Manager, Layers

Latest articles

Compliance
March 26, 2023

Understanding EDI 214 Transportation Carrier Shipment Status Message

Understand the practical applications and benefits of the EDI 214 Transportation Carrier Shipment Status Message in logistics.

Technology
February 7, 2023

Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform Offers EDI Connectivity via BOLD VAN

Discover that BOLD VAN is now an accredited EDI VAN provider for the Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform.

Solutions
January 15, 2023

How Thorough Logistics Planning Strengthens Your Supply Chain

Delve into logistics planning, focusing on optimizing products, equipment, and processes for a seamless supply chain.

Achieve more from your EDI VAN provider.