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EDI Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ About EDI
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EDI Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ About EDI


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EDI is used to enhance efficiency, improve communication and streamline procurement processes between companies by enabling computer-to-computer exchange of business information. Learn more about EDI.

Retailers, eCommerce partners, OEMs and trading partners require their vendors become EDI capable and compliant. EDI capable is a company's ability to implement an EDI solution for simplified procurement processing and streamlined communications between trading partners, suppliers and customers. DataTrans Solutions enables suppliers to become EDI capable and compliant within minutes. Learn more about DataTrans EDI solutions and how you can get started today.

EDI compliance refers to following an organization's EDI specifications and requirements. By outsourcing your EDI to DataTrans all-in-one EDI and eCommerce solution, always maintain compliance as DataTrans adheres to trading partners' specifications. DataTrans takes ownership of all your trading partner requirements so you always maintain compliance allowing you to focus on what you do best, your business. 

An EDI program can vary based on your organization's business needs whether your company requires a simple solution to process and fulfill orders, integrate with shipping services or accounting programs, or a fully integrated EDI solution with your ERP, WMS, TMS or EMR. Outsourcing EDI allows your company to focus on your business while a team of specialists manage your EDI environment.

With an EDI program such as DataTrans, easily connect to trading partners, maintain 100% compliance, have access to the industry's best all-in-one inclusive EDI and eCommerce cloud-based feature rich portal that scales by integrating with your business operations. With a seamless sign up link, you will have an analyst working on your behalf, testing directly with your trading partners and setting a go-live date. Attend WebEDI training sessions to anticipate what to expect when you receive your first order. To learn more about DataTrans EDI program and how we can help your business, contact us today.

EDI order processing is for example, when a buyer's internal system initiates a document such as an (EDI 850) purchase order and sends to the supplier. The supplier's internal system generates a response document such as an (EDI 810) invoice and sends back to the buyer. The EDI processing life cycle is a streamlined and simplified procurement process eliminating manual data entry, providing a quicker exchange of business information reducing lead time on orders. Learn more information about EDI processing and how it can benefit your company.

A trading partner can be referred to as an organization, such as a retailer, eCommerce partner, OEM, grocer, pharmaceutical/healthcare company and so on,  that has agreed to exchange EDI business documents electronically. The sending or receiving party involved in the exchange of EDI transmissions. Learn more about EDI terminology and definitions.

Components of EDI include a standard document format, document preparation, translation and transmission. EDI document preparation varies on how each business generates data. With EDI translation, the data is translated to or from an EDI file in a standard and structured format. The common "language" among different computer systems and data format is translated into information that is understood by different business systems. Once the data has been translated to an EDI format, the document is ready to be transmitted to your trading partner. There are different methods of communication to send/receive data. Learn more about EDI and DataTrans EDI solutions

Depending on your company size, industry and trading partner requirements, the use of EDI may vary. By outsourcing EDI to DataTrans, you can simplify your daily operations with our cloud-based, all-in-one multichannel, intuitive solution that scales by integrating with any application. DataTrans team of specialists manage your EDI environment so you can seamlessly process and fulfill orders. Learn more about WebEDI and how easy you can fulfill orders, integrated solutions or view all of our EDI solutions.

EDI standards vary based on country or industry which include ANSI ASC X12, EDIFACT, Tradacoms and HIPAA. 

  • ANSI ASC X12 is the official designation of the U.S. national standard body for the development and maintenance of EDI standards. The most popular and widely used standard in the United States and much of North America.
  • EDIFACT (Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport) is the international standard developed under the United Nations. The EDIFACT standard provides messages which allow multi-country and multi-industry exchange.
  • Tradacoms is an EDI standard introduced and implemented for the UK retail sector.  Tradacoms was introduced in the early 1980s and is maintained by the UK Article Numbering Association now known as GS1 UK.
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a subset of X12 with healthcare specific requirements. Part of the HIPAA initiative seeks to establish standardized mechanisms for electronic data interchange, security, and confidentiality of all healthcare-related data.

EDI is important as it streamlines the procurement process between companies, automates the flow of business information, improves operational efficiency of business processes and communications, provides visibility, strenghtens partnerships and drives down costs. Learn more about EDI, how it benefits your company and contact today to connect your network of trading partners through a single cloud-based EDI and eCommerce solution, WebEDI.

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DataTrans is the leading EDI provider that maintains connections with thousands of companies allowing users to easily manage activity within our cloud-based EDI portal, WebEDI. We are constantly adding new companies to our network and we try to keep this list as current as possible. View a few of our trading partners below. For more information select below to find your trading partner and connect today.

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