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What is EDI?

EDI: a tradition of innovation

Electronic Data Interchange, also known as EDI, has been synonymous with optimized processes along the supply chain for almost three decades. The technology has consistently evolved during this time. In today’s business world, EDI is a key technology for innovation-driven companies that believe in efficiently optimizing their processes with a long-term perspective, whether it’s company-wide, between industries or across borders. 

EDITEL Video - EDI-supported supply chain
EDITEL Video - EDI-supported supply chain

What does Electronic Data Interchange mean?

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) refers to the exchange of electronic business documents between business partners, which makes it part of e-commerce or e-business activities. The goal of EDI is to reach the highest possible level of process automation via integrated data exchange while avoiding manual and paper-based business transactions. Among others, EDI is used to exchange order information between retail companies and manufacturers. In addition, EDI is also used for invoicing processes, which allows for the electronic transfer of invoices in real time, reviewed immediately and subsequently processed.

Many other business processes can be handled via EDI, including master data management, sending electronic delivery orders to logistics service providers, providing article information sheets or processing payment requests.

Standardized technology is key to allow companies of any size and industry in any country to exchange business data no matter which communication channels, data formats and media they use. This includes, among others, GS1 EANCOM® and/or UN/EDIFACT for data formats as well as identification standards such as GLN, GTIN, SSCC,….

Basic Supply-Chain Process
Basic Supply-Chain Process

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