New Sunshine LLC.
New Sunshine LLC is a company that since its founding in 1984 has grown consistently through acquisitions. Most of its product emphasis typically has been placed on tanning lotions – tanning beds and light therapy devices - as well as point-of-sale and store management software for salons. The company operates domestically and internationally, marketing directly to Distributors, salons, retail and the end user.
New Sunshine is no newcomer to EDI. Its operations date back to the mid-1990s when the company ran its business on an Oracle Financials platform.
As New Sunshine grew in size and complexity the then current Oracle Financial system no longer ﬁ t the needs of the Company.
More Capability Needed
Even with the advantages of direct integration with the ERP system, EDI operations were still inefficient and time consuming, since the solution still required that each EDI document for each retailer had to be programmed individually to match up with their compliance requirements. This labor intensive detail was compounded by the fact that often, the retailers’ processes and requirements continued to evolve. New Sunshine I.T. personnel had to monitor them constantly to keep up with the changes.
The HighJump Selection
TrueCommerce, a HighJump product, was selected as the EDI solution that would not only meet their requirements today, but also would support the business as it continued to grow. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 went live in September 2009. Installation of the TrueCommerce EDI software commenced in November, and the new solution went live weeks later.
Operations and Data Flow
Five primary EDI documents (ANSI X.12 transaction sets) are in use between New Sunshine and its retail trading partners: the Purchase order (850); the purchase order acknowledgment (997); the advance ship notice/ASN (856); the invoice (810); and the purchase order change request (860).
The expected boom in EDI-enabled trading partners has happened. By early 2011, the total had grown from three to 16, with additional retailers added at a rate of about one per month following go-live. And overall, Ms. Horner says, New Sunshine believes that implementing the TrueCommerce EDI for Microsoft Dynamics® AX solution has saved the company at least $200,000.
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