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February 19, 2021

EDI Insider Newsletter February 19, 2021

Read our latest newsletter for a distribution EDI guide, new EDI HQ tech tips, EDI training information, and more!

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Looking for EDI Information in the Distribution Industry? We’ve taken our popular “EDI 101 Guide” and customized it for the Distribution industry. Our EDI 105 Guide provides crucial EDI and Transaction Set information.

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Explore these great EDI topics and more!
  • Key Benefits of EDI within the Distribution Industry
  • What is Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)?
  • How to Start Utilizing EDI
  • EDI Standards
  • Most Common EDI Transaction Sets (T-Sets) within Distribution
  • EDI Process Flow
EDI HQ: How To!
Understanding the “Suppress Based On Element” Operator

In outbound mapping, sometimes users need to suppress an element based on another element being blank, such as in the case of a qualifier when the element it qualifies has no value. There are a few different ways to accomplish this, including using the “Suppress Based On Element” operator. This operator, however, comes with an important caveat: It executes all the operators for the data element it is comparing. This can be problematic especially for some uses of counters and text variables.

In the below example, the operator is incrementing a counter by 1, yet in the sample output we can see that the value of the REF02 is increasing by 2 instead of by 1.
On further examination of the segment we see that it’s the “Suppress Based On Element” operator in the REF01 element that is causing this double increment.
Note that the element has a note of caution in its Help Info section. The user will need to find an alternative method for manipulating the elements as they’d like.
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