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EDI Glossary

Find here descriptions to the most important technical terms when it comes to Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). For further information please contact us by phone +43/1/505 86 02 or e-mail to info@editel.at.


An eXite® account refers to a company that uses the eXite® service. One account can include several → inboxes.
Accounting is the process of billing for services.
Refers to information about volumes for billing purposes.
Confirmation that the message was sent. As part of eXite® online services, eXite® users have the option to choose whether they want to receive EDIFACT or XML messages confirming the delivery or forwarding of messages via e-mail.
This term is used when the name of the original company for which the Physical Box was established changes or when subsidiaries are added to the parent company for which the Physical Box was established so that messages can be received and sent through the parent company. Logical mailboxes, which must belong to a certain Physical mailbox, are thus designated.
APERAK (Application Error and Acknowledgment Message) is a confirmation message sent from the party that received the original message to the party that issued the original message as confirmation for the message issuer that the original message was received by the recipient's application or to confirm and list errors that occurred during processing within the application.
AS1,AS2, AS3, AS4
AS2 (Applicability Statement 2) is a communication protocol used for electronic data exchange between business partners based on the HTTP protocol using the S/MIME standard. This protocol can run in two modes, synchronous and asynchronous. When setting up communication using this protocol, it is necessary to inform the counterparty in which mode the communication is expected to take place.
ASN (Advanced Shipping Notice) is a notification of pending deliveries. An ASN usually provides information on the time of shipment and characteristics about the shipment so that the customer can be prepared to accept the delivery. It is an essential part of just-in-time processes. It is implemented e.g. by the EDIFACT DESADV message, VDA 4987 or X12 EDI 856 standards.
AUTACK (Authorization Acknowledgment) is an acknowledgment message that is used to check an electronic signature and related information stating that the recipient needs to verify the signature or cipher. During processing, two statuses are used depending on the result of the electronic signature check. If the signature could not be verified, the check was not correct, so the message is not accepted into the system and a negative AUTACK message is sent stating that an error was found during the signature check.


B2B (Business to Business) is a designation for a business relationship between business companies. Trading companies do not serve consumers in such a relationship. In the English term, specifically in the abbreviation, the term "to" was replaced by the number 2, which is pronounced almost identically in English. The relationship can be expressed as merchant → merchant. The B2B concept refers to business relationships and communication between two companies. The B2B concept is the oldest component of electronic business (e-business). B2B relationships mostly work on the principle of electronic data exchange.
These are larger and complex data sets, mainly from new sources and databases, without a unified structure, the size of which is beyond the ability for commonly used software tools to capture, analyze, manage and process. in a reasonable amount of time. These huge volumes of data can be used to solve business problems that were previously unsolvable.
BMR (Business Monitoring and Reporting) or the ability to monitor the entire business case from the order, via delivery notes, receipts, invoices, confirmation messages, etc. to the payment notification with automatic sending of defined reports.
Business Intelligence (BI) is used to integrate and process data from all possible data sources and subsequently provide relevant and immediate information about the functioning of the company, generating predefined or ad hoc reports. It allows users to publish information for strategic and operational decision-making in various intranet or extranet scorecards or dashboards. It is a powerful analytical tool that can create a report on internal processes in a matter of seconds, which will increase control over data and business agility.


CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) is used for high-precision product design, modeling and creation. CAD files and CAM files can also be exchanged electronically and in an automated way via EDI.
CALDEL (Call delivery) is an ODETTE-defined EDI message based on the EDIFACT DELJIT (DELivery Just In Time) standard. It contains short-term delivery instructions for just-in-time delivery to the assembly line.
eXitePRO - CCF is an EDI clearing center provided by EDITEL. It was specifically developed for the automotive industries. The service offers a connection to the most important VANs and supports all current EDI standards such as EDIFACT, ODETTE, VDA or X12 and message formats used by ERP and WMS vendors such as XML, IDoc, positional text files or csv.
Character set refers to the script used by the recipient or sender. If different character sets are used (e.g. Latin or Cyrillic character sets), messages will be changed to a standard format.
CI (Competitive Intelligence) is competitive intelligence, i.e. identification, monitoring, competitive and critical analysis and search for competitors' weaknesses.
is the provision of services or programs stored on the provider's servers, which the customer (user) accesses remotely and basically from anywhere. Cloud users typically do not pay for their own technology, i.e., for the purchase of hardware and software, but for its use.
COMDIS (Commercial Dispute) is a notice of commercial dispute against one or more INVOIC messages (e.g., commercial invoice, credit note, etc.) usually raised by the buyer to inform the supplier that something has been found to be wrong with the INVOIC message (incorrect price, wrong identification of goods, undelivered or wrongly delivered goods...) which describes in detail the goods delivered or the services provided.
Connect:Direct (originally called NDM - Network Data Mover) is a computer software product that transfers files between mainframes and/or midrange computers. It was developed for mainframe computers and other platforms were added as the product grew. NDM was renamed Connect:Direct in 1993 following the acquisition of Systems Center, Inc. by Sterling Software. In 1996, Sterling Software took a public spin-off into a new entity called Sterling Commerce, which consisted of Communications Software Group and Sterling EDI Network. In 2000, SBC Communications acquired Sterling Commerce and held it until 2010.
CONTRL (Control) is the first confirmation message that checks the correctness of the syntax of the given document, which syntactically confirms or rejects the received EDI exchange or creates a message with an indication of syntax errors.


DELFOR (Delivery forecast and instruction) is an EDIFACT message used during the order process in the automotive sector. It is sent by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to the supplier to provide scheduling information as well as requirements regarding delivery dates, quantities, packaging and more.
DELJIT (Delivery Just in time) is an EDIFACT message used to instruct the supplier about the precise delivery sequence and just-in-time schedule requirements. It is also meant to supplement the Delivery Schedule Message (DELFOR). The use of this message will facilitate the practice of just-intime (JIT) delivery by providing the customer with a mechanism to issue precise shipping schedule requirements in terms of a 24-hour clock and on a more frequent basis than with the instance of a delivery schedule message, e.g. daily shipping schedules versus weekly planning schedules.
DESADV (DESpatch ADVice) is an EDIFACT message that covers the ASN process and is sent from supplier to customer about materials and parts being physically delivered. It usually arrives before goods are physically delivered to the storehouse or assembly line so that customers can better plan their unloading capacities and production.


EANCOM® (European Article Number Communication) is a sub-set of the internationally standardized message standard UN/EDIFACT. EANCOM® is based on the GS1 numbering system for the physical identification of products, (company) address and logistics units (GTIN [Global Trade Item Number], GLN [Global Location Number] and SSCC [Serial Shipping Container Code]). It is the most widely used and internationally unique standard format for electronically exchanging business documents (EDI=Electronic Data Interchange). For additional information, please visit www.gs1.at.
The eBusiness platform ECODEX (Electronic Commercial Data Exchange) is the predecessor of the eXite® Business Integration Network by EDITEL used today.
UN/EDIFACT (United Nations/Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) is a global inter-industry EDI message standard for electronic data interchange developed by the United Nations in the late 80s. UN / EDIFACT is used mainly in the FMCG sector, but also in the automotive industry and includes more than 200 different types of messages. It is used by hundreds of thousands of companies around the world.  
ENGDAT (Engineering Data Message) is an EDI standard used for the electronic exchange of CAD files (Computer-Aided Design).
Every EDI message can be identified by its envelope, which usually includes address information. Envelopes can be in either EDIFACT or in XML format.
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) System to integrate internal business processes and resources. It helps understand customers better, manufacture more efficiently, and deliver quality products on-time and within budget.
Events are actions taken during an eXite® session, such as sending EDI messages.
eXite® Business Integration Network is a highly available eBusiness platform that allows users to automatically handle all supply-chain related processes (including electronic orders, despatch advices, invoices, receipts of merchandise, returns processing, sales reports, inventory reports, logistics information, bank transfers, payment notices, bank account statements, master data). More than 20,000 companies in Central and Eastern Europe use this centralized platform for exchanging electronic business documents. Every year, more than 400 million transactions are handled via eXite®.
The eXite® INTERCHANGE ID is a unique six-digit number assigned by eXite® and used for identifying → interchanges.
In the eXite® Online Services eXite® users receive information about their mailbox as well as the status of the EDI messages sent.
eXite® TAG ID
eXite® TAG ID is used to match and retrieve →sessions and →events in an eXite® session.


FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a client-server protocol that relies on two communication channels between client and server. It is an old protocol which should not be used for mission-critical applications. FTP/S is a secured extension that adds an SSL/TLS security layer.


Gateways are used to exchange electronic data of third parties connected to eXite® network.

GLNs (Global Location Numbers) are used to identify addresses (physically or legally) that need to be clearly identified within the supply chain. These 13-digit identification numbers include a basic GS1 number, followed by a location-specific number and a check digit. With GLN, physical locations and legal persons can be clearly identified, which is a prerequisite for strong e-commerce activities between retail partners (e.g. Electronic Data Interchange (=EDI), electronic master data exchange).

For additional information, please visit www.gs1.at


GS1 is a worldwide standardization organization for developing and maintaining logistics standards (article numbers, unit numbers, location numbers, pallet labels, RFIDs, EDI messages, etc.).

For additional information, please visit www.gs1.at


HTTP/HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol / Secure) is a request-response protocol for web-based communication that also supports SSL/TLS security. It is the basis for B2B communication protocols such as AS2 or WS-SOAP.


Data set transferred to the recipient via the eXite® service.
In-house files are in-house data formats that do not correspond to any EDI format and which can be imported into or exported from an in-house ERP system (such as csv. and txt.).
Interchange refers to the information package of EDI messages (in EDIFACT format: UNB to UNZ), such as for example an order or an invoice.
→ eXite Interchange-ID
INVOIC (Invoice) is an EDIFACT message used to exchange invoicing information between customer and supplier.


JIS (Just in sequence) is an inventory strategy which advances the JIT (justin-time) process. Components and parts arrive at the production line exactly (in the sequence) when they need to be assembled. JIS processes significantly increase efficiency and productivity in the production process. They require a precise exchange of delivery and scheduling information usually transmitted via EDI.
JIT (Just-in-time) is an inventory strategy developed at the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota in the 1970s. In assembly lines organized with JIT processes, parts are supplied when the production process requires them, thus eliminating the need for inventories and storage.


A log is a protocol of all activities in the eXite® system which can be viewed via a webbased interface.
→ Mailbox


The mailbox is used to save received EDI messages. The physical mailbox refers to the location where these messages are saved. The mailbox name may consist of up to 15 alphanumeric characters. Within the eXite® service, the mailbox is identified by the → GLN. The logical mailbox is used to assign addresses to users and must be mapped to a physical mailbox. Thus, it is also called “alias name” or “nickname.”
Mailing lists are a collection of different recipient addresses. When an EDI message is sent to this mailing list, all recipients on the list will receive it.
Message Disposition Notifications (MDN) are confirmations signed by the recipient, thus serving as proof for the sender that the EDI message has been received.


→ Mailbox


Odette (the Organization for Data Exchange by Teletransmission in Europe) is a pan-European collaboration and services platform working for the entire automotive network. The network aims to bring together supply chain professionals and technology experts to create standards, develop best practices and provide services which support the automotive industry in its operations. ODETTE created several standardized Automotive EDI messages which are widely used in the sector.
OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) is a producer or manufacturer of a complete end product, in the automotive industry such manufacturers include Škoda Auto, VW, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, TPCA, KIA, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), etc .
OFTP (Odette File Transfer Protocol) is a protocol created in 1986, used for EDI communication mainly in the automotive and manufacturing industries.
OFTP2 (Odette File Transfer Protocol 2) was written in 2007 by Data Interchange as a specification for the secure transfer of business documents over the Internet, ISDN and X.25 networks with additional security options. OFTP 2 can work point-to-point or indirectly via a VAN (Value Added Network).
ORDERS (Purchase Order) is an EDIFACT message for exchanging purchase order information between two business partners.
Outgoing data refers to the data set transferred during a transfer to the eXite® system. Outgoing data can consist of any number of → interchanges.


The p2p (peer to peer) eXite® protocol ensures smooth communication processes with the eXite® Business Integration Network. It supports all eXite® functionalities and ensures maximum security and quality during data transmission.
Partners are all recipients and senders of EDI messages.
→ Mailbox
POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) is the most recent version of a standard protocol for receiving e-mail.


RECADV (RECeiving ADVice) is an EDIFACT message for sending an explicit goods receipt statement. This message is especially appropriate in processes where the supplier issues the invoice for which RECADV is the most accurate source of information.
The target mailbox or the target gateway (internal or external) within an EDI message is determined by identifying the recipient.


Segments are logical parts of → UN/EDIFACT messages, identified by a three-character letters-only code. The segment “UNH,” for example, identifies the beginning of a document within an → interchange.
Sender refers to those sending EDI messages.
When using eXite® services, a session is the time elapsed between the time of the user’s login and logout.
Session audit files include the history of all sent and received messages. They are made available to eXite® users during every eXite® session. They are proof that data has been transmitted. In addition, they allow users to check if all performed transactions were accurate and complete.
SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) is a network protocol that provides file access, file transfer, and file management over SSH.


→ eXite TAG-ID
TIER (Level) 1 suppliers are manufacturers that deal directly with OEMs. These are often major companies such as Bosch, BASF,…
While TIER 1 suppliers create parts and equipment, they generally do not produce the pieces that make up those parts. For that, they turn to TIER 2 suppliers. TIER 2 suppliers deal directly with TIER 1 suppliers. In specific cases, TIER 2 suppliers may serve as a TIER 1 and supply directly to the OEM.
The last supplier at the end or beginning of the supply chain usually provides raw material such as steel. Depending on the complexity of the supply chain, this can be a TIER 3 or TIER 4 supplier.
Tradacoms is an early standard for EDI and was primarily used in the UK.


Users are clients of EDITEL who use the eXite® service.


VDA, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA = Verband der Deutschen Automobilindustrie) consists of more than 620 companies involved in production for the automotive industry in the Federal Republic of Germany. The members are divided into three manufacturer groups: automobile manufacturers, automotive suppliers, and trailers, special bodies, buses. The VDA currently has about 35 working groups, which in some cases have set up their own sub-committee or ad hoc working group.
VDA4905, a standardized EDI message for the transmission of delivery instructions from the OEM to the supplier, the so-called Lieferabruf in German.
VDA4915, a standardized EDI message for the transmission of detailed call-offs from the OEM to the supplier, the so-called Feinabruf in German. VDA4915/2 is a standardized EDI message for the call-off based on the ODETTE message DELINS (Delivery instruction).


Web EDI is a cost-efficient solution for small and medium suppliers to exchange EDI messages with their customers and the ideal solution for OEMs to connect all business partners via EDI regardless of the supplier size.


ANSI X.12 (American National Standards Institute) is an EDI standard developed in 1979 by its subsidiary ASC (Accredited Standards Committee X12), which is used in the United States and Canada.
X.400 is a communication protocol that some European countries (including Germany, France and the Netherlands) use for exchanging EDI data.
Extensible Markup Language (XML) is a data format used in inter-application transactions that was developed and standardized by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
The XML Address Container is used to send unstructured data via eXite®.
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