Trading Partners, Documents, and Communications

  Trading Partners. Over the years we have setup EDI partnerships for our clients with many different Noth American organizations. These companies represent retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and IT services. Here are some of the more popular: J.C. Penney, Target, Walmart, Macy's, Sears, Hudson Bay, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Amazon, Zappos, Shoppers Drug Mart, McKesson, Ariba, Sterling, Inovis, InterTrade, Dillards, Gap, Fedex, Rona, Home Depot, Forzani, Kmart, Neiman-Marcus.
Documents. The heart of most EDI systems we install are: 850 - Purchase Order, 855 - Purchase Order Acknowledgment, 860 - Purchase Order Change, 856 - Advanced Shipping Notification, 810 - Invoice, 820 - Electronic Funds Transfer, 997 - Document Acknowledgment. Then there are the peripheral documents: 816 - Organizational Relationships, 832 - Sales Catalogue, 852 - Product Activity Data. If communicating with third-party logistics warehouse: 940 - Warehouse Shipping Order, 943 - Warehouse Stock Transfer, 944 - Warehouse Receipt Advice, 945 - Warehouse Shipping Advice.
  Communications. The major communication protocols employed for EDI are AS/2, HTTP, FTP, SMTP. These can be used in a point-to-point document interchange directly between companies or they can be used with third-party networks called VANS - Value-Added-Networks. The advantages of using a VAN is that they provide a mailboxing service so that documents can be sent or retrieved whenever you want with archiving and traceability built in. The disadvantage is the cost. Therefore the trend in communications for EDI is to setup direct, point-to-point links between organizations using primarily the AS/2 protocol which provides encrypted and verified exchanges.

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