Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer exchange between two or more companies of standard business documents in electronic format.
There are two basic elements which comprise EDI:
Using these basic concepts any company or institution can enter the world of EDI.
Without the benefit of EDI, the steps to transact a purchase are as follows:
The time taken to create, send, input and validate a purchase order can take from several hours to up to five days, if sent by traditional mail.
Consider the same document exchange when a company places its purchase orders electronically using EDI:
What can take up to five days with paper and the postal system takes only a few minutes by eliminating the paper handling and human involvement from the process.
Remember, purchase orders are just one of the many uses of EDI.
In just a few steps, you could enable EDI service:
Document type: Purchase Order
File format: EDIFACT
Used protocol: AS4
If you are using the Commerce-Connections EDI Service, the cost is as follows:
Installation charge: £1,500
Monthly charge: £300
Price will be discounted if you are integrating with more than one trading partner.
Assume a monthly salary is about £1,700, you can save around £15,300 a year.
Prices may vary depending on your company’s requirements. Please make an online enquiry to talk to one of our sales representatives.