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:

  • The reduction of processing times and costs
  • Extremely fast throughput times
  • High data quality
  • The avoidance of scheduling risks, incorrect orders and "out-of-stock" situations
  • A lower capital tie-up due to reduced inventory levels

You are also welcome to tell us via our EDI questionnaire, what requirements you have for electronic data exchange with THIMM.