An EDI system allows retailers and suppliers to communicate and exchange supply chain transactions with one another. As a supplier, one of the hardest parts about getting your EDI system up and running is complying with each retailer’s guidelines. What does it mean to be EDI compliant? It’s the ability to send and receive transactions that meet the guidelines required by your trading partners.
Each retailer has specific guidelines for how their transactions are expected to be formatted. For example, Target’s guidelines are different from Walmart’s guidelines, across their various EDI transaction types. If you’re non-compliant with your trading partners’ guidelines, you’ll receive significant chargebacks.
It all starts when a supplier receives a PDF of a retailer’s guidelines. The guidelines outline how they expect to receive purchase orders, invoices and other transactions. Once connected to a retailer’s ERP system, you must map the requirements from their guidelines to your ERP system. This requires writing custom code to ensure the data leaving your ERP system is mapped in such a way that it matches the retailer’s requirements.
An EDI system like Orderful cuts out all the tedious work. We handle the mapping and digitize all your trading partners’ guidelines in one place. Let’s take a look at why guidelines are such a headache and how Orderful enables EDI compliance.