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July 31, 2020

EDI Insider Newsletter July 31, 2020

Read our latest Newsletter for a free EDI 102 Retail, CPG and Grocery Guide, New EDI HQ tech tips, EDI training information, and more!

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Explore these great EDI topics and more!
  • Key Benefits of EDI within the Retail Industry
  • What is Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)?
  • How to Start Utilizing EDI
  • EDI Standards
  • Most Common EDI Transaction Sets (T-Sets) within Retail/CPG/Grocery
  • EDI Process Flow
EDI HQ: How To!
Long EDI Transactions and Mapping Them

Creating, editing, and maintaining “inbound” maps – where the EDI data received from trading partners is to be mapped requires sample EDI. Usually a sample that is small, yet representative of the type of data that will be received in production, is recommended. “Small” can be relative, especially when multiple loops, nested loops, and situations need to be covered. Multiple passes through loops are always recommended to ensure variables, conditional situations, etc., are accounted for. Shortening sample data to ensure footer data; or in the case of transactions that have multiple sections, such as 820s or HIPAA documents; can be mapped is also often indicated.

In the example image below note that there are 1900 IT1 loops. Including the enveloping, there are 5,709 segments.
When opening the map designer, if the data is fairly long – over 1000 segments – the following message will be displayed. Because the data being loaded has been truncated for the designer, segments have been omitted, perhaps entirely. These are generally in the footer area, but could also be entire needed sections of the transaction. 
On load of the map designer using the sample data, we can see that we only load to the 333rd IT1 loop. Note that the TDS and CTT segments are not included, at all.
Comparison of the final loop in the map designer to the actual EDI. As you can see, the transaction continues beyond the 333rd IT1 loop.
The map designer “Output Preview” showing that the 333rd IT1 loop is the last one appearing in the output data sample.
To truly test, the data needs to actually be mapped.
On actual mapping, all 1900 IT1 loops are included in the output.
Because neither the TDS nor the CTT segments were available in the map designer using the sample data, if mapping is required for these segments, it is recommended that the EDI be edited to shorten it prior to opening the map designer. This will ensure that all needed segments are represented in the sample data.
Inbound map designing requires a knowledge of the EDI, as well as the expected mapped result, in order to ensure the output is as desired.
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