Despite the fact that you have been working well with your trading partners for years, you may be forced to implement EDI. But what is EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and why is it important to implement it for your organization?
Despite the fact that you have been working well with your trading partners for years, you may be forced to implement EDI. But what exactly is EDI?
EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange. It is a standardized format and process for exchanging business documents between computer systems without human intervention.
EDI was first developed in the 1960s and 1970s. It was created by industry itself, in collaboration with technology partners and government agencies. Various sectors, such as the transportation industry, retail and healthcare, were involved in the EDI development process.
In the United States, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) played an important role in promoting and standardizing EDI. Industry associations, such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), also worked to define standard formats and protocols for EDI.
Internationally, organizations such as UN/EDIFACT (United Nations Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce, and Transport) have been involved in the development of global EDI standards.
Today, EDI standards are maintained and updated by various organizations, such as UN/CEFACT (United Nations Center for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) and GS1 (Global Standards One). These organizations work with companies and technology providers in improving and evolving EDI standards.
EDI is important to businesses for the following reasons:
In short, EDI is important to businesses because it improves the efficiency, cost savings, speed and reliability of data exchange, resulting in competitive advantage and improved customer relationships.
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