In today’s rapidly expanding global marketplace, a company’s ability to electronically trade with all of its trading partners in real time results in higher profits, faster payments, significant cost reductions, and happier customers and suppliers. However, many businesses still receive business-critical information from their suppliers through fax, phone or email even though these manual processes are slow, inefficient and error-prone.

Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is a set of standards for structuring information that is to be electronically exchanged between and within businesses, organizations, government entities and other groups. WHIZTEC provides its customers business-to-business EDI and supply chain integration, synchronization and collaboration solutions. WHIZTEC application can automate the internal and external data communication. It can automate the conversion of data between formats and facilitate communication between platforms. Common formats used for data exchange include EDI, CSV, and XML but data can be converted to and from virtually any format. Facilitating EDI in the supply chain can be more complex due the number of parties and pieces involved and varying levels of each partner's capabilities.

WHIZTEC uses Internet EDI (EDI-INT) which consists of three established standards to securely transport EDI documents over the Internet. The Internet EDI standards are AS1, AS2 and AS3. The AS1 standard is a way to securely transport EDI documents over the Internet via SMTP (email). The AS2 standard is a way to securely transport EDI and XML documents over the Internet via HTTP. The AS3 standard is a way to securely transport EDI and XML documents over the Internet via File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

EDIFACT and X12 are the most common and widely-used vocabularies of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). EDIFACT stands for "Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport" and is a standard way to textually describe information for communication between separate computer systems. (In 1979, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) chartered the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 to develop uniform standards for inter-industry electronic exchange of business transactions-electronic data interchange (EDI). In 1986, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) approved the acronym "UN/EDIFACT," which translates to United Nations Electronic Data Interchange for Administration, Commerce and Transport. UN/EDIFACT is an international EDI standard designed to meet the needs of both government and private industry. The UN/EDIFACT Working Group (EWG), a permanent working group of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), develops and maintains UN/EDIFACT X12 is used in the USA but most of the rest of the world uses the EDIFACT transaction sets.)

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If you are looking for EDI/B-to-B solutions in Shipping, Logistics, Retail and Distribution, Contract Manufacturing and project-oriented manufacturing applications, please contact sales@whiztec.com.