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May 1, 2012

EDI- What is it? What is the First Step?

Let’s say you are a start-up company, working long hours on a tight budget. Still, you believe in your product and the services your company can provide. Why let anything get in the way of promoting your company as a mainstream player in your industry? Begin by leveling the playing field. When asked if you can trade via EDI, you can say, “yes”.

Electronic Data Interchange or EDI, as it is more popularly known, has been a part of business communication for many years. For large corporations, EDI is the rule rather than the exception, when transacting business with their trading partners. Today, these large businesses are mandating the use of EDI to potential trading partners. If you wish to do business with them, EDI is a must.

There may be companies which still conduct business by accepting paper or faxed orders. However, the need to streamline processes, reduce costly errors, and respond to partners promptly, are speeding the adoption of electronic business processes and communication.

So, how does a start-up working on a shoestring budget obtain this capability? If you have access to an Internet connected computer, you already have the means to begin. Understanding the financial and time constraints of start-ups, we at 1 EDI Source, Inc., offers our EDI/HQ service to provide a low cost entry into EDI communications.

Our consultative approach to implementation and support will find the best fit for your business needs, whether you already have some familiarity with EDI standards or have no idea what an X12 850 document is. Also, you can count on access to a dedicated consultant who will learn your business requirements and partner with you, instead of a random help desk tech, in order to answer your questions and help resolve future issues.

In the next Newsletter we will continue this article with, EDI – Step Two. This second installment will present options available to a company’s EDI needs grow.