EDI should be of interest to all business managers because it offers a means of minimizing burdensome clerical functions.
EDI replaces paperwork through electronic data processing and communications.
Advances in electronic technology can be applied to increase clerical productivity and decrease clerical costs. As long as data once entered into the electronic system is not removed from that system, the costly delays and errors associated with re-transcriptions and re-entries can be avoided.
EDI provides for the computer-to-computer exchange of data at electronic speeds; it also subjects that data to programmed controls of consistency and accuracy.
Some of the specific advantages that have been identified by the companies already involved in EDI are listed below:
- Reduces paperwork
- Reduces telephone calls
- Reduces manual data entry