EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is a method of exchanging business documents computer-to-computer between business partners in a standard electronic format. Generally, the exchange of EDI documents takes place between two companies, called business or trading partners. Businesses usually exchange documents related to invoices, purchases, orders and advance shipping notices, customs and inventory, payments and bills of lading via EDI solutions. Shifting from a paper-based exchange of business documents to a reliable electronic method helps businesses benefit from it in multiple ways. EDI reduces business costs and errors and enhances processing speed, and improves professional relationships with business partners.
EDI solutions adapt to the distinct needs of clients, technical specifications, transcending borders and makes exchanging of commercial transactions effortless for all types of businesses. EDI solutions are felicitous both for small and large companies that require a secure and advanced EDI structure for their multi-national exchanges and operations.
Cost of Implementation and managed services
The cost of EDI implementation and managed services depend on the type of services you select that can be in-house or taking the services of a third-party EDI provider. Premeditating the EDI cost of implementation is crucial to ensure the deliverance of actual business and financial benefits to your company.
In-House EDI management
A few companies create their own in-house EDI networks to manage their business. This system provides internal control, security and management but can be challenging too. You will have to make initial investments in EDI software, EDI exchange methods, communication software, EDI and mapping experts, mapping and translation software and continuous upgrades, maintenance and support for building your in-house EDI system. The initial investment to set up an in-house EDI system is suitable for a large business setup. You will have to extend support to all business partners to execute the system at their end.
Third-Party EDI/managed services
Most companies prefer to work with the third-party EDI providers and don’t make initial investments for EDI setup. This practice will suit you if you have a small-scale business and don’t have enough staff to manage the EDI services. You can select various pricing models available from third-party EDI providers after reviewing them thoroughly. The third-party charges depend on the proportions of data transmission of your business measured in KCs (kilo-characters). You have a variety of subscription models such as monthly, pay-as-you-go and annual subscription. You may have to pay some hidden charges for minimum record lengths as a large number of small transactions may enhance the expenses of EDI.
EDI managed services include partner management, customer care, construction and maintenance of multi-data structures, immediate incident reporting and monitoring of alerts and errors.
Cost reduction benefits of EDI in business
The use of EDI saves your precious time and avoids errors. The whole process of sharing the data and information with business partners uses various automatism, which results in a quality output in a short time. The digital process helps you cut out the cost of printing documents and postal dispatch as the business partners receive and handle the documents electronically. The EDI-supported process leads to a decline in inventories, which results in low capital investment and saves logistics and storage costs.
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