Data Collection Methods
Making use of existing computer data.
Often the information that needs to be shared already exists on a computer somewhere.  The difficulty is in easily collecting that data and formatting it for transmission and use by the recipients.  EC Dynamics provides a wide range of options to collect existing data.
  • EDI Upload
Shipment information can be posted directly to the EC Global Dynamics Data Server using a variety of methods and formats.  The data is edited and reformatted to match the needs of the companies receiving the data.

  • Importing a Data File
A data file containing the shipment information is generated from the client system using their home grown script.  The file can be imported using the EC Global Dynamics TranSendIT system or via a web based interface.

  • ODBC Link
The use of ODBC drivers and a "Select Statement" allows a user to pull shipment data directly from existing internal systems.  Using the ODBC link, files and databases are accessed in real time, reflecting current status of transactions.  There is no need to write files for export.  An optional intermediate step allows the user to select specific shipments for additional editing before sending the data to the Broker.  The ODBC link can be run from within the EC Global Dynamics TranSendIT system or via a web based interface.

  • Excel or ASCII Files
Many companies are able to create spreadsheets or "flat" files containing shipment information.  In fact, many of the reports that are printed and faxed are Excel files. The EDI-Link automates the creation of shipment data files directly from the Excel or flat files that are currently being produced.  The EDI-Link "pulls" the data from the files in any of four ways:

      1. By emailing the file(s)
      2. As the file is being printed
      3. By printing the forms to a PDF file, then emailing the PDF file
      4. By printing the file to a PDF file, then posting the PDF file to the internet via the EC Global EDI-Link upload page


No computer data easily accessible.

This is not a problem, as we offer several other solutions to collect data.

  •  Capturing Data from Internal Reports and Forms

Imagine being able to create a computer readable data file simply by printing a form or report.  The EDI-Link does exactly that.  The EDI-Link "pulls" the data from forms in any of three ways:
    1. As the reports or forms are being printed;
    2. By printing the forms to a PDF file, then emailing the PDF file;
    3. By printing the file to a PDF file, then posting the PDF file to the internet via the EC Global EDI-Link upload page

Users are not required to change internal operations, as current forms are used.  Each customer can use multiple, custom forms.
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  • Web Fillable Forms
Web fillable forms are an excellent alternative for shippers with small entries.  The forms are accessed directly on the web and allow the creation and distribution of PDF files as well as computer readable files.
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  • The TranSendIT System
Using the EC Global Dynamics TranSendIT system, the shipper or third party enters Shipment information for the purpose of creating the required documentation and transmitting the information electronically.  A variety of options exist to simplify manual data capture, including the ability to copy and paste from an excel file and the use of Kits that automatically expand the product selected into its component parts.
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  • External Databases
    Recognizing that in many cases the shipment data that can be captureddoes not contain every required field, extensive use is made of optional external databases.

    These databases allow a shipper to store product and other related information not available in their internal data systems.  Information stored in the databases is used to fill in the "missing" fields as the shipment data file is created.  This prevents a user from having to make changes to internal data structures and/or reports to store or capture data fields
    Examples of fields include the HS Tariff, Country of Origin, Producers, etc.