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What is electronic data interchange (EDI)?
EDI is a standard format for exchanging information between two organizations electronically instead of using paper documents
What is EDI?
EDI, which stands for Electronic Data Interchange, is the business-to-business communication of business documents in a standard format. The simple definition of EDI is a common electronic format that replaces paper documents such as purchase orders or invoices. By automating paper transactions, organizations can save time and eliminate costly errors caused by manual processing.
In EDI transactions, information is moved directly from a computer application in one organization to a system application in another. EDI standards define the location and order of information in a document format. This automated functionality enables quick data sharing rather than the hours, days, or weeks required by paper documents or other methods.
Today, industries use EDI to share different documents: from purchase orders and invoices to quotes, loan applications, and more. In most cases, these organizations are business partners that exchange goods and services regularly as part of their supply chains and business-to-business (B2B) networks.
Benefits for EDI
EDI transactions are essential to B2B processes and continue to be the preferred means of exchanging documents and transactions between small and large businesses.
There are five primary business advantages that EDI technology offers through automation and B2B integration:
EDI technology saves time and money by automating a process that was previously performed manually with paper documents.
EDI solutions improve efficiency and productivity because more business documents are shared and processed less time and with greater precision.
Data transfer with EDI reduces errors (PDF, 669 KB) through strict standardization, which helps ensure that information and data are correctly formatted before entering business applications or processes.
EDI integration improves traceability and reporting because electronic documents can be integrated with a range of IT systems to support data collection, visibility, and analysis.
EDI automation enables positive customer experiences by allowing efficient transaction execution and fast and reliable delivery of products and services.
For large organizations, EDI enables the establishment of standards among business partners, thus obtaining endless benefits. For smaller organizations, adhering to EDI offers greater integration with larger companies with high budgets and strong influence.
For some companies, EDI can be difficult to implement. One reason is to keep up with the constant changes in government regulations, standards, and updates. It can also be complex, as it has to adapt to global business needs. For example, each business partner in a B2B network can have individual requirements. Although two partners can agree on which EDI document to use, each may have unique formatting requirements that must be supported. These factors, among others, have led many organizations to outsource their EDI solutions.
Whether maintained inside or outside the company, some primary conditions, functionalities, and resources are necessary to implement EDI effectively. In addition to factors such as agreement on document types, secure transmission methods, and required hardware and software, an effective EDI implementation should take into account:
Translation or mapping software
This type of transformation software takes fields such as names, addresses, currency amounts, part numbers, and quantities and maps them from business application formats into standardized documents and vice versa.
Batch pack or unpack functions.
These capabilities support large batches of EDI messages by enabling senders and recipients to wrap and unwrap transactions. Transactions can be grouped or divided into multiple divisions or business areas of a trading partner.
Message routing mechanisms
After unpacking a message, routing mechanisms are needed to classify the notes for different groups and deliver them to the appropriate destinations. Messages may need to be converted to the correct format, depending on the recipient.
Trade partner agreements (TPA)
TPA clarifies the terms and conditions, establishes the standards for business documents, and defines the protocols for communications and business between trading partners.
The future of EDI
Consider this scenario: A refund related to a damaged shipment is triggered using an EDI 214 document, a shipment status message from the carrier. The sent item has been damaged, so that it is not usable or cannot be sold. Discussions regarding a refund will likely arise.
IoT sensors are embedded in the packaging of a shipment and linked to periodic EDI 214 messages to improve the visibility of package conditions in the near time. Blockchain technology as the basis of EDI information flows for shipments allows offering a shared version of the information, which can help resolve and avoid discussions about a refund quickly.
An AI agent monitors all relevant events and information connected to a shipment and can identify a non-compliant event. AI agents can also determine if a reshipment is necessary, analyze the most efficient source of replacement, initiate a new shipment, and accept an authorized return.