Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the transfer of structured data by means of specified electronic messaging standards from one Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to another with a minimum of manual intervention.
Before a decision is taken to use EDI messaging, an analysis of the processes between the two companies is recommended. As a basic pre-requisite for EDI projects, THIMM will agree the EDI rules (inc. emergency plan and responsibilities) between you and your suppliers. Inventory and requirements figures will be analysed so that reliable master data can be used as a base.
EDI reduces costs, faults and errors through the avoidance of paperwork, correspondence and other administrative and manual processes costs. The practical benefit and universal applicability for Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) is the result of the standardised specifications of EANCOM messages.
You benefit thanks to the simplification of inter-company process workflows through:
Automated exchange of electronic documents eliminates manual processes such as printing, mailing, and manual entry of paper documents. This minimizes errors and shortens processing time.
Significant cost savings can be achieved by eliminating paper documents, postage and printing costs, and reducing manual labor hours.
Faster processing times
Automated document exchange allows purchase orders, invoices and other business documents to be processed faster. This results in shortened delivery times and improved customer satisfaction.
Because document exchange is electronic and automated, human errors are minimized. This reduces complaints and returns.
Better planning capability
Automated document exchange allows customers to better plan their orders and deliveries by providing real-time information on the status of their orders.
Better data quality
By transferring data electronically, it is fed directly into the recipient's system without the need for manual entry. This minimises data errors and improves data quality.
You are also welcome to tell us via our EDI questionnaire, what requirements you have for electronic data exchange with THIMM.