EDI for Beginners
Have you been asked to trade with a customer via EDI, or perhaps you simply recognise the business benefits of EDI and want to learn more? Whatever your circumstances, as a leading EDI managed service provider, TrueCommerce can help guide you.
What is EDI, the benefits of EDI and who EDI is for are all topics we cover in our FAQ section, however quite simply EDI is an acronym for Electronic Data Interchange and is the exchange of electronic documents (also referred to as messages) between businesses, such as a retailer and its supplier. The key difference between EDI and sending PDF documents via email for example, is that EDI uses a standardised format that allows different computer systems to communicate with each other.
Electronic trading via EDI replaces paper documents and manual business processes to streamline the exchange of documents including purchase orders, advanced shipping notifications, and invoices.
Watch our What is EDI video for a concise overview of what EDI is and how it could benefit your organisation.
Entry-level Web EDI
For businesses who are new to EDI and only need to manage the exchange of low volumes of electronic messages as a result of a customer’s mandate, the quickest and easiest way to meet your customers’ EDI requirements is to use a web EDI solution.
Web EDI enables companies who are new to EDI to quickly and easily start trading electronically. You simply use a web browser to view, print, acknowledge and ship orders, create invoices and track all of your EDI activity.
In the case of the TrueCommerce solution, we configure the online EDI portal for you so that it meets the specific requirements of your customers, both in terms of the types of documents required and the associated validation rules.
If your invoice and order volumes make a web EDI solution impractical. Or if you want to move beyond simply complying with your customers’ EDI requirements and instead streamline your internal process by removing the need for manual intervention, a fully integrated EDI solution would be most appropriate for your organisation.
Our Integrated EDI video talks you through how you can maximise the benefits of EDI and improve the efficiency of your order fulfilment and invoicing processes by automating the exchange of business documents by directly from your business system.
The TrueCommerce integrated EDI solution is compatible with almost all business systems, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage 200, SAP, Oracle, IFS, Infor and NetSuite. As part of our EDI managed service, we manage connectivity to your customers or suppliers and convert messages between your preferred format and the format required by your trading partners.
The TrueCommerce EDI Network and Platform
Regardless of your circumstances, with a global trading network including over 160,000 pre-configured trading partner maps, TrueCommerce can get you up and running quickly and easily.
TrueCommerce has been helping businesses to maximise the benefits of EDI for decades, using our in-depth experience of all aspects of electronic trading to design a platform that can be tailored to meet the precise requirements of all organisations, small, medium-sized or large, in a diverse range of sectors.
The TrueCommerce EDI Managed Service
TrueCommerce is the ideal partner if you are new to EDI — as part of our EDI managed service we will quickly and easily get you EDI-enabled. We understand the issues that need to be addressed and we take care of all of the preparatory work to get you connected and communicating with customers and/or suppliers, leaving you free to reap the benefits of EDI.
Our EDI managed service includes team of specialists who look after all EDI issues on your behalf, for a transparent, fixed annual fee. What’s more as a hosted EDI solution, there will be no hardware, software or maintenance requirements. A full range of support packages including premium level EDI support, are available, tailored specifically for your individual requirements, keeping your EDI system functioning efficiently and effectively 24/7 giving you the peace of mind to focus on your core business operations, leaving EDI to the experts.