EDI integrates the stakeholders in uniform processes

In logistics, supply chain partners share files and business documents in a standardised format across company boundaries via electronic data interchange (EDI). This replaces hard copy documents. EDI standards define the storage location and sequence in which information is provided in a document format.
Customer integration is becoming increasingly important in light of complex logistics processes along the supply chain. They include direct integration into collaboration, service delivery and product innovation processes. In our digital world, this is all based on EDI.

Why should you use electronic data interchange?

Collaborating over digital interfaces saves time. Supply and value chain partners share data in real time in a decentralised manner. Information travels much faster than with traditional paper-based methods that can take hours, days or even weeks. Also, EDI requires fewer organisational resources and optimises processes. This cuts costs and accelerates delivery times. In logistics, EDI has created new opportunities in warehouse management, scheduling and transport.

What EDI standards and formats are available?

High data quality is important for meeting EDI message standards. This requires good management processes. EDI documents may not be processed properly if information is missing or misplaced. The standardised data exchange format is usually based on the EDIFACT standard, which is published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Other logistics standards include:

  • Fortras 6
  • Release 100
  • VDI
  • ANSI
  • Odette
  • XML

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