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  • 3PL: Third (3rd) Party Logistics Provider

    Third (3rd) Party Logistics Providers (3PLs) typically specialize in warehousing and transportation services allowing customers to meet the demands and delivery service requirements for their products and materials.

    View a list of our Third Party Logistics Provider (3PLs) Integrations.

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  • ANSI X-12

    American National Standards Institute (ANSI). A standard format of EDI documents (X12) containing multiple “segments” with several fields each containing all the necessary data to send a document electronically. A four-digit number, such as 4010, 4030, 5010, etc., identifies which version of the X-12 standard a specific trading partner requires.

    Read more about Global EDI Standards.

  • API: Application Programming Interface

    An Application Programming Interface (API) is a set of tools, definitions, and protocols for building application software. APIs are commonly used by software developers to build integrations between different systems. EDI integrations can be built using an API as a communication method.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

  • AS2: Applicability Statement 2

    Applicability Statement 2 (AS2) is an EDI Communication method that uses a set of security protocols to transport data across the internet securely and reliably using the HTTP or HTTPS protocol.

    AS2 offers many advantages, including increased verification and security. AS2 transactions and acknowledgments also occur in real-time, increasing the efficiency of document exchanges. Walmart was one of the first companies to help drive the adoption of AS2 across the retail sector.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

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  • Bar Code

    An array of rectangular marks and spaces in a predetermined pattern. Usually used for automatic product or shipment identification.

  • Bill of Lading

    A document that is used by a vendor and a freight carrier that describes the freight classification of the goods being shipped by the vendor.

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  • Direct Store Delivery (DSD)

    The practice of delivering product directly to store and notifying the store of the delivery electronically rather than by paper.

  • DUNS Number

    Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) developed by Dun & Bradstreet for the purposes of providing unique identification numbers to each physical location for a business. A DUNS number is often used in EDI transmissions.

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    A subset of EDIFACT messages, developed by GS1, to allow business partners to exchange commercial documents in a simple, accurate and cost-effective manner.

    Read more about Global EDI Standards.

  • EDI 810 Document: Invoice
    A request for payment that communicates to a buyer the specific items, price, and quantities delivered that must be paid for by the buyer. Payment terms will usually accompany the billing information.
  • EDI 850 Document: Purchase Order (PO)

    A Purchase Order (PO) is issued by a buyer to a seller that details the terms of sale under which the buyer will purchase the seller's goods.

    Read more about EDI Documents.

  • EDI 852 Document: Product Activity Data

    Data contents of the Product Activity Data Transaction Set (852) for use within the context of an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) environment. The transaction set can be used by a distributor, warehouse, or retailer to advise a trading partner of inventory, sales, and other product activity information.

    Product activity data enables a trading partner to plan and ship or propose inventory replenishment quantities, for distribution centers, warehouses or retail outlets. The receiver of the transaction set will maintain some type of inventory/product movement records for its trading partners to enable replenishment calculations based on data provided by the distributor, warehouse or retailer.

    Read more about EDI Documents.

  • EDI 855 Document: Purchase Order (PO) Acknowledgement

    A Purchase Order Acknowledgement is a confirmation to the buyer that the supplier will be filling the purchase order as requested. The Purchase Order Acknowledgement is sometimes required stating that a specific order has been received and if there are any changes with the order. Example: A specific item is back-ordered.

    Read more about EDI Documents.

  • EDI 856 Document: Advanced Ship Notice (ASN)

    An EDI 856 document is also known as the Advanced Ship Notice (ASN). A notification of an order in the process of being shipped. Contains information on the specific order including the product data and shipping information.

    Read more about EDI Documents.

  • EDI 997 Document: Functional Acknowledgement (FA)

    Transmitted by the receiver of an EDI transmission to the sender, indicating the receipt of a message. It does not provide acknowledgment of the content of the message, just that the message has been successfully received and interpreted. It may be referred to as an FA or 997 in ANSI X12 terms.

    Read more about EDI Documents.

  • EDI Communication Methods

    Also referred to as EDI Communication Protocols, an EDI Communication Method is the type of connection between two different computer systems used to transfer the data between them. API, VAN, AS2, and FTP are some of the most popular methods used in EDI.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

  • EDI Mapping

    EDI Mapping converts the electronic documents being sent by one system into a format required by the other system. EDI Mapping is the internal programming that changes the files and allows them to process through systems automatically.

  • EDI Service Provider

    "Electronic Data Interchange" provider. (Example B2BGateway.Net) A company that specializes in the transfer of electronic documents from one system to another.

  • EDI Software

    EDI software facilitates sending and receiving EDI transaction sets according to each trading partner’s unique business rules and requirements.

  • EDI Standards

    EDI standards are formats for EDI documents that specify what information goes where within an EDI document. Usually, your specific industry or trading partners will determine which EDI standard your organization must use.

    Read more about Global EDI Standards.

  • EDI Transaction Sets

    EDI transaction sets are business documents such as purchase orders, invoices, inventory updates, shipping notices, etc. The EDI transaction set is identified according to which EDI standard it belongs to.

    Read more about EDI Documents.

  • EDI: Electronic Data Interchange

    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). The computer-to-computer transfer of business transaction information using standard, industry-accepted message formats. Loosely defined, EDI is the structured transmission of electronic data such as purchase orders, invoices and shipping notices between organizations without human intervention.


    Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce, and Transport. The international EDI Standard as developed through the United Nations.

    Read more about Global EDI Standards.

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  • FTP: File Transfer Protocol

    File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is an EDI Communication Method used to exchange files.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

  • Fully-Integrated EDI

    A setup in which the EDI service provider works directly with a client's system without the use of add-on applications.

    Read more about Integrated EDI.

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  • GLN: Global Location Number

    A Global Location Number (GLN) is a unique number that is assigned to locations to enable them to be identified uniquely worldwide. These global location numbers can be used to identify any legal, physical and functional locations. The GLNs replace the names and addresses of locations and are particularly useful when automating processes; they allow computers to route information to the correct destination with no manual involvement.

  • GS1-128 Barcode Shipping Labels

    A standard way of labeling packages that includes a scan-able bar code label that contains the shipping information for the order and is placed on the outer box. Now known as GS1-128 labels, these were formerly known as UCC-128 labels.

    Read more about GS1-128 Barcode Labels.

  • GS1: Global Standards One

    GS1 is an international non-profit organization which develops global supply chain standards and solutions used by over one million companies for a variety of business communications such as: bar coding, electronic business messaging, data synchronization through the EPCglobal Network, radio frequency identification, and more.

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    The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was enacted by the U.S congress in 1996. A key component of HIPAA is the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans and employers. The standards are meant to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the North American health care system by encouraging the widespread use of EDI in the U.S health care system.

  • HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol

    HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is an EDI Communication Method used to request and transmit files, especially web pages and web page components, over the internet or other computer networks.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

  • HTTPS: HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure

    HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is an EDI Communication Method to provide encryption and secure identification of the server.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

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  • NetSuite

    Oracle NetSuite is an integrated web-based business software suite.

    View a list of our ERP / Accounting Package Integrations.

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  • ODETTE: Organization for Data Exchange Through Teletransmission

    Refers to both the European automotive industry body and the EDIFACT EDI standard subset for that industry.

    Read more about Global EDI Standards.

  • OFTP: ODETTE File Transfer Protocol

    The messaging protocol for the European automotive industry.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

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  • Packing Slip

    Packing slips are also known as delivery lists or bills of a parcel. A packing slip is a document that is included in the shipment of goods to alert the customer to the items and quantity included in the shipment.

    In most cases, the packing slip is placed inside the box or another container that is used for the shipment. In some countries, this document is referred to as a delivery docket and often is identified as a receipt by a customer.

    Read more about Packing Slips.

  • Pick Tickets

    Pick Tickets are similar to a packing slip in that they contain information about the order such as product information, shipping information, and specific order data.

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  • QuickBooks

    QuickBooks is a financial software package with versions for QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Online, QuickBooks POS, QuickBooks Premier, and QuickBooks Pro.

    View a list of our ERP / Accounting Package Integrations.

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  • SFTP: Secure File Transfer Protocol

    Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is an EDI Communication Method that provides file access, file transfer and file management functionality over any reliable data stream.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

  • SMTP: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (E-mail)

    Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) is an EDI Communication Method used to transmit EDI files over the internet via email.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

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  • Tradacoms

    This is an early standard for EDI and was primarily used in the UK retail sector.

    The standard is obsolescent since the development of it effectively ceased in 1995 in favor of the EDIFACT EANCOM subsets. Despite this, it has proved durable and the majority of the retail EDI traffic in the UK still uses it today.

    Read more about Global EDI Standards.

  • Trading Partner

    A business with whom your organization trades or exchanges goods and/or services with which EDI business documents are exchanged. This may be either the sender or the receiver of information in EDI. A trading partner in EDI commonly refers to retailers that set the requirements that suppliers must abide by to do business with them.

    For example, if an organization was a wholesale distributor it's trading partners may be Walmart, CVS, Amazon and a 3PL (third-party logistics provider).

    View a list of our Trading Partner Integrations.

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  • UCC: Uniform Code Council

    The organization that oversees the standards for product identification and related electronic communications.

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  • VAN: Value Added Network

    A Value Added Network is a third-party entity which handles the electronic exchange of information between subscribers to its services.

    Read more about EDI Communication Methods.

  • VMI: Vendor Managed Inventory

    A system of inventory replenishment in which the vendor accepts responsibility for maintaining customer's inventory levels of the vendor's products by monitoring POS and inventory information sent by the customer. This is usually automated through EDI to achieve as smooth a flow of replenishment as possible.

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  • Web EDI Solution

    A manual data entry option allowing a user to use a web-based solution (usually a website) to fulfill the EDI needs without the full integration of an accounting package.

  • Web Services

    A standard means of inter-operating between different software applications, running on a variety of platforms and/or frameworks, over the Internet.

  • WSS: Warehouse Support Site

    The Warehouse Support Site (WSS) is a warehouse & shipping management system that helps your company become EDI compliant.

    Read more about Warehouse Support Site.

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  • XML: Extensible Markup Language
    A data format that is both human and machine readable. It is one of the most common formats for EDI transmission.
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