What is EDI? Electronic Data Interchange

The Largest Retail Network With Pre-Wired EDI Connections For Your Business

How does EDI work and why do companies within the retail supply chain industry use it? SPS Commerce is the largest retail network, with more than 120,000 retail supply chain partners to connect and collaborate. Explore the benefits of electronic data interchange (EDI) for your business, discover industry specific EDI programs or browse types of EDI documents.

What is EDI?

EDI is an abbreviation for electronic data interchange.

Using EDI, companies send information digitally from one business system to another, using a standardized format. Some of the types of business systems to which EDI can connect include eCommerce solutions, ERP, WMS, CMS, accounting software and more.

EDI replaces order processes, transactions and communications that were done with paper or fax in the past. It’s an important component for automation in business processes.

With EDI, you can exchange digital information and transactions with other businesses for greater accuracy and speed of communication. For example, purchase orders, invoices, advanced ship notices and other documents can be digitally transmitted via EDI.

What is an EDI program?

An EDI program is technology that syncs with tens, hundreds or even thousands of other company’s business processes and rules. All trading partners have different business rules for required EDI documents, EDI testing, connection methods and other requirements. EDI can readily be outsourced to a third party, often called EDI services or EDI providers.

The three most common EDI programs our customers choose are:

System EDI Integrations

Need to integrate your EDI? Explore our 200+ pre-built EDI integration solutions that can automate your order documents.

Our EDI Product

SPS Fulfillment is the only full-service EDI solution on the market. You can become a fully EDI-compliant business in just 3-5 days with SPS EDI.

EDI Testing

Make sure your technology meets your customer’s exact requirements. Get tested & certified by industry’s leading experts in compliance.

Check out customers who’ve done an EDI program with us!

Gain instant access to the largest network of up-to-date, mapped, EDI connections and more than 120,000 players in the retail space without having to configure or update any specs yourself.

Check out customers who’ve already done an EDI program with us:

Looking for an EDI program for your business?

Click on your business type below to see how electronic data interchange and EDI automation could benefit your company. You can also take a look to see how other businesses are implementing EDI programs within their companies.

Supplier automates purchase order process with SPS Commerce

“Our EDI project was complex. It spanned multiple continents, several third parties and our business needed it to go well. The implementation ran very smoothly and was well-orchestrated,”

– Ben Dart, Chief Operating Officer, Moose Toys

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