What is EDI?:

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is the electronic interchange of business information using a standardized format; a process that allows one company to send information to another company electronically rather than with paper. Business entities conducting business electronically are called trading partners.

EDI lets you collaborate more efficiently with your suppliers and push costs out of the supply chain by eliminating inefficiencies and manual interventions.  Data Interchange is an industry leader in supply chain integration, for all types of and sizes of business.

EDI solutions are used to integrate seamlessly with large and small networks of suppliers. Whether you are trading with a small number of SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) suppliers, or a large number of suppliers located around the world, EDI can help with any kind of technical and business requirement, and provide support and resources to manage.

Whether you need an EDI Gateway to exchange forecasts, orders, invoices, or any other business document, and whether your suppliers want to integrate with their ERP systems or require a simple web EDI portal you can achieve 100% supplier uptake.

You’re in Control and Decide What to Share:

With EDI solutions, you can share a variety of data with your suppliers:

  • Supplier capability surveys
  • Supplier onboarding
  • Managed connectivity

EDI may seem complicated, but in reality, it is a vehicle to standardize and simplify communications between trading partners. Retailers, suppliers, distributors, 3PLs (3rd Party Logistics), etc. all can benefit by exchanging important business documents on a secure network and in real-time. This translates into:

  • More accurate information, less manual intervention Increased automation – less paper;
  • Improved visibility on B2B transactions
  • Closer business relationships
  • Shorter sales cycle faster orders-to-cash more sales!

“Full-service” hosted EDI implementation includes application file specifications analysis, EDI standards compliance, connectivity implementation, data transformation mappings creation, customer testing, trading partner testing, continual monitoring, and production.

Benefits to Suppliers:

EDI is a growing technology solution that many trading partners now expect or require for you to do business with.  The advantages of utilizing EDI are numerous and include:

  • EDI Compliance to Trading Partner/Buyer Requirements
  • Real-time communication & global data sharing
  • Enhanced order accuracy & faster confirmation
  • Elimination of manual tasks
  • Completely paperless
  • Dependable B2B Expertise
  • Secure, Tier-1 EDI Network
  • Electronic catalog for suppliers to sync their product data with retailers with the capability of an easy & quick method to signing up
  • The ability to connect with many retailers
  • Offering competitive pricing for small suppliers
  • Quickly connect with your trading partners who are requesting that you become EDI compliant.
  • Complying with a Buyer’s EDI mandate EDI expertise to guide you with technical requirements
  • Staying up-to-date with modern technology
  • Increased customer satisfaction

Fax-to-EDI capability:

Fax to EDI Capability provides an efficient and cost-effective way to trade electronically with your fax-ready business partners, regardless of their size. The Fax-to-EDI service automatically converts information from trading partners’ faxes into electronic data and then delivers this data ready for integration into your ERP or other enterprise applications. The result? Faxed documents can now be processed just like electronic ones

Web EDI:

If you need an easy and cost-effective EDI solution that requires nothing but a computer and an internet connection, Web-EDI is your answer. Web-EDI allows you to become EDI-enabled to reach all of your retailers through a web browser.  It is fast to implement, easy to use, and requires no additional software. Web-EDI service also enables carton label printing for your convenience.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a critical necessity for many warehouses to communicate with customers, partners, and retailers. EDI helps your operations run more efficiently, keeps you current with the requirements of your customers, partners, and vendors, and most importantly, helps you to remain competitive.

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