We talk a lot about EDI in relation to 3PL and fulfillment services for eCommerce businesses, and we thought it would be helpful to compile some of the most commonly-asked EDI questions—with their answers—here in this post.
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The result? Greater efficiency, increased time savings, less need for manual entry or input of information and, ultimately, a more streamlined and profitable bottom line. EDI is less expensive, more efficient and overall less labor-intensive than other options or protocols.
Standard format refers to the format in which the information is structured, and ensures that both ends speak the same language, so to speak. Without getting too technical, some of the EDI standards used today are ANSI, EDIFACT, TRADACOMS and ebXML, many with multiple versions. In order to successfully exchange EDI documentation, two organizations need to agree beforehand on which standard and which version they will both use.