eCom - EDI
GS1 standards for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
GS1 eCom standards provide a universal structure for electronic business messages, which enables you to communicate business data with your trading partners rapidly, efficiently, accurately and cost-effectively, irrespective of internal hardware or software differences. This will enable you to speak in the same language as your business partners for these standardised messages including:
- purchase orders
- dispatch advice
- receiving advice
This is critical for many businesses: if orders are improperly received, fulfilled, delivered or invoiced, customers may cancel or choose not to return payments may be delayed or refused. Many retailers use EDI so may require you to use it to trade with them.
Automating these processes reduces the need for paper and replaces human intervention so you can:
- save money
- increase customer satisfaction and loyalty by reducing out of stocks
- gain competitive advantage by exchanging orders and invoices instantly
- reduce disputes with suppliers due to accurate data
- create electronic audit trail
- reduce costs with fewer manual processes
Our EDI Cost Savings Report with Cranfield School of Management revealed the retail grocery industry saves £650 million annually by using EDI for electronic ordering and invoicing. A further £200 million could be saved if despatch advices or Advanced Shipping Notices were used by more retailers.
As a member, you can use the eCom standards and get advice from our experts in implementing the system.
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