What is EDI?

EDI (electronic data interchange) is the electronic language of business information using a standardized format between trading partners.

The language communicated between trading partners include invoices, purchase orders, advance ship notices and other transactions necessary to exchange data.

EDI allows one company to send information to another company electronically rather than with paper.

EDI replaces postal mail, fax, email and other manual processes with transaction sets that are coded and sent to back and forth between buyers and suppliers internal system in REAL TIME.

Some common transaction sets include:

  • 850 – Purchase Order
  • 810 – Invoice
  • 855 – Purchase Order Acknowledgement
  • 860 – Purchase Order Change
  • 865 – Purchase Order Change Acknowledgement
  • 856 – Advance Ship Notice

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