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6 Reasons to use EDI-ERP Integration

By
Richard Gallacher
February 10, 2022

Top B2B eCommerce platform features

An efficient supply chain requires fast and accurate communication between trading partners. From invoices and purchase orders to acknowledgements and advanced shipping notices (ASN’s), sharing information, data, and documents is vital for the majority of businesses. 

Integration between EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and your back-end ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning) enables seamless communication with your trading partners. 

Thanks to advances in technology, EDI-ERP integration has never been easier.

What is EDI-ERP Integration?

EDI-ERP integration is now the industry standard for exchanging data between suppliers and customers, particularly in high-volume industries such as retail and manufacturing. 

EDI-ERP integration allows data to automatically flow between the EDI application at the front end and the ERP system at the back end. It automates the exchange of data, eliminating the need for the manual rekeying of orders, credit notes, invoices, and advanced shipping notices (ASNs) between the two systems. 

How does EDI support ERP?

Business information which is exchanged by EDI during a business transaction such as orders, invoices and inventory levels are all stored within an ERP system. When integrated into the ERP system, an EDI solution can send and receive documents directly from your ERP system.

EDI uses standard data to ensure that data from one party is compatible with the other party’s systems. This makes communicating and doing business with each other far more efficient and accurate. 

As well as increasing the speed and efficiency of trading with your customers, automation through EDI_ERP integration removes the manual processes that would usually be needed to move data between your EDI and ERP systems. Automating this data exchange means you can process more orders in less time while increasing accuracy and the level of service you deliver to your customers. 

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5 reasons to use ERP-EDI Integration 

Improved visibility 

Managing all transactions through your ERP system provides real-time visibility throughout the supply chain, as data is no longer siloed. 

Automation 

Removing manual processes from your supply chain, EDI-ERP integration automates the flow of messages between  ERP and EDI solutions. This frees up time and resources to be focussed on key areas of the business, while also eliminating the risk of human error. 

Better customer service 

Improving accuracy and reducing the time involved in each process will, in turn, ensure that your customers receive the highest level of service. 

Reduce costs 

Integration not only saves time and improves service, but it also reduces the costs involved in organising, sorting, and distributing documents. 

Improved accuracy 

Integrating your EDI and ERP removes the need for manual data entry. This prevents mistakes, which can be costly and time consuming to resolve. 


At TrueCommerce, we provide an Integrated EDI solution that is compatible with almost all ERP systems, to help you connect your business across the supply chain.  

If you are relying on one or more web EDI solutions or customer portals, and want to improve the efficiency and accuracy of your order fulfilment and invoicing processes, we can help. To find out more or to discuss your requirements, please get in touch

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