Use of EDI in the retail trade
EDI – Electronic Data Interchange – Used in the retail trade industry to trade commercial documents like EDI order, EDI order receipt, EDI order confirmation, EDI Despatch Advice, EDI invoiceand EDI invoice receipt.
EDI is available in various forms, from fully automated solutions where the entire process is carried out by both customer and supplier computers, for web solutions based on manual routines for information exchange.
EDI is used for all forms of distribution.
Overview of EDI messages and in which processes they are used
Which EDI messages to use vary with the form of distribution.
An overview of this, along with deadlines for when the messages are to be sent, are described in EDI messages, distribution form and deadlines.
Before using EDI, it is necessary to clarify which messages are to be used, message formats, methods of exchange, electronic message addresses, etc. This is done in the EDI Exchange agreement.
This also specifies other bilateral issues related to the exchange of EDI messages.
How to get started with EDI is described in Implement EDI in the retail trade.
In order to use EDI, trading transactions must be translated into an EDI format.
The following formats are available:
- Message description EANCOM for order, order receipt, order confirmation, Despatch Advice, invoice, invoice receipt
- Message description XML for order, order receipt, order confirmation, Despatch Advice, invoice, invoice receipt
Revisions of the EDI formats, is documented in Change log current version vs. past versions