For TJM Innovations, Speed, Accuracy and Visibility through EDI Lead to Better Communication and Success with Trading Partners

Overview

TJM Innovations is a manufacturer and distributor with Internet and retail presence focused on designing and developing products that make consumers' lives easier and less stressful without making a huge impact on the environment. Some leading products include GutterStuff®, a do-it-yourself gutter protection product; Bandshell®, a patented iPhone amplification case that improves sound quality; CobZorb®, a non-toxic, all natural, eco-friendly line of absorbent products; CobZorb® Multiple Cat Formula Cat Litter; and Roof Drain Foam Filter®, developed for the commercial roofer. These, and other TJM products, can be found on the Internet and at leading retailers such as Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Do it Best Hardware, True Value Hardware, ABC Supply Co., Inc., Sutherlands, and Amazon.

Established in 2007 and headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
the company was founded by the husband and wife team of
Ted and Julie McNamara.

The challenge:

With their previous EDI solution, TJM was having significant issues invoicing its clients, including Home Depot, its largest trading partner. The EDI provider was not creating invoices consistent with the trading partner's requirements. The bottom line is that TJM was just not able to send accurate invoices and the issue needed to be remedied, and quickly. Additionally, their EDI provider did not offer the data visibility that TJM needed to fulfill its orders. If they needed to access a document's raw data, the company had to submit a request to their EDI provider and wait for a response, sometimes for days. Says Julie McNamara, "In our business, our customer's EDI issues cannot wait. It's all about customer service and getting them what they need when they need it. Not to mention that invoices and data are crucial to our success, and they need to be accurate." TJM leverages NetSuite for their ERP needs and were satisfied with the business software solution. They needed an EDI provider that could integrate with NetSuite ERP for automation of orders.

The solution:

TJM Innovations was referred to DiCentral by a partner of NetSuite and then introduced to DiIntegrator by DiCentral. DiIntegrator, combined with DiCentral's hosted EDI translation and routing services (web-based EDI—DiWeb), has enabled TJM to now process large groups of orders while providing tight integration with NetSuite ERP.

As a supplier, TJM now has the benefit of processing its EDI data locally while maintaining the advantages of complete visibility and redundancy offered through DiCentral's web-hosted EDI solution.

Unique "processing agents" within DiIntegrator have been designed to manage and manipulate large volumes of EDI data to facilitate TJM's order and fulfillment processes. This increased functionality has allowed TJM to manage much heavier loads of data, such as the volume the company is processing with Home Depot, while remaining compliant with today's most challenging supply chain requirements.

DiIntegrator has also helped TJM reduce supply chain costs by applying unique business rules and policies to meet the specific requirements for each of the company's trading partners–no matter the size.

Results:

Since implementing DiIntegrator by DiCentral, TJM Innovations easily imports the day's purchase orders from DiIntegrator to NetSuite ERP, where the orders and labels are created. During its busy season TJM can now easily process over 1000 documents a week. As a result, TJM is enjoying order automation and near-perfect transmissions to all of the company's trading partners. McNamara continues, "We have realized success with DiCentral. With DiIntegrator we send our invoices with no problem, and we can see our raw data without submitting a request. If there is ever an issue, DiCentral gets right on it. We're happy with this EDI solution, and pleased to now be compliant with all our customers' EDI requirements."

Additional Benefits of DiIntegrator have enabled TJM to:
  • Immediately access an experienced
    integration team
  • Simplify automation of electronic
    transactions (EDI/XML) for increased
    productivity
  • Enjoy a lower total cost of ownership
  • Improve the level of accuracy and visibility for
    improved service levels
  • Reach a broader trading partner ecosystem
  • Leverage its investment in its ERP system
  • Accomplish more, on time, with less
    resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McNamara concludes: "The key to preventing chargebcks is quickly solving the problem. With DiCentral, we do just that."

To Find Out More...

Locations

Global Headquarters
1199 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: +1 281-480-1121
Fax: +1 281-480-1181
Email:

Wisconsin Office
5215 N. Ironwood Rd.
Suite 216
Glendale, WI 53217
Phone: +1 262-387-1140
Fax: +1 262-387-1150
Email:

Montreal Office
4220 de Rouen
Suite 200
Montreal, Quebec
H1V3T2
Canada
Phone: +1 514-899-0003
Toll Free: +1 877-700-7223
Fax: +1-514-899-0111

Toronto Office
5500 Explorer Dr. - 3rd Floor Mississauga, ON L4W 5C7 Canada
Phone: +1 416-679-1917
Toll Free: +1 866-679-1917

Hong Kong Office
Room 907 Silvercord Tower 2
30 Canton Road, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Telephone: + 85 2 2961-4426
Fax: + 85 2 3007-5249
Email:

China Office
66 Chunfang Road, Louhu
Room F, 11/F., Block B, Lushan Building
Shenzhen, China
Telephone: + 86 755 8232 2386
Fax: + 85 2 3007-5249
Email:
Website: www.dicentral.cn

Vietnam Office
Pasteur Tower
139 Pasteur St., Ward 6, Dist. 3,
Ho Chi Minh City, 70000, Vietnam
Telephone:+84 3547 3000
Fax: + 84 3827 3600
Email:

Da Nang Office, Vietnam
Da Nang Software Park, Block 9, 9th Floor, 2 Quang Trung St., Hai Chau Dist., Da Nang City.
Tel: +84 511 388 8001
Email:

Japan Office
Level 7, Toranomon 40 MT Building
5-13-1 Toranomon
Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel.: +81-3-4530-9832
Fax: +81-3-4530-9800
Email:

India Office
SCO-91, First floor
Khandsa Rd
Gurgaon-122001
Dist-Gurgaon,Haryana
Tel.: +91-9711183640
Email:

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