EDI Software for the Undecided

by | Jul 23, 2020 | Business Growth, Solutions

Whether you’re new to EDI software or a veteran, choosing the right solution is a big decision. Perhaps you’re asking, “what should I look for in EDI software?” or “what’s involved with a new EDI software implementation?” Let’s explore some fundamental questions about EDI so you can decide what’s right for your company.

Where to start with EDI software

Many companies start using EDI software to comply with a retailer’s request. They find that most retailers and distributors require EDI for orders, invoices or other types of supply chain data. By being EDI-ready, you can say “yes” to any opportunity and comply with all EDI requirements. 

If you’re just getting started, consider whether EDI is a core competency of your business. Many businesses don’t want to dedicate resources to time-consuming EDI tasks, such as making retail map updates and EDI testing. 

For those businesses, using a full-service EDI provider is the ideal choice. Full-service providers deliver outsourced EDI services that include technology and associated staffing resources. Full-service EDI providers include experts that customize, optimize and operate your EDI solution. With full-service EDI, your provider does all the heavy lifting of EDI software implementation on your behalf.

What if you’ve outgrown your current EDI software?

Many companies get to a point when their current EDI system won’t support their growth plans. Here are some common reasons this can occur:

  • Data entry has become time-consuming because you’re processing a high volume of orders.
  • Your EDI can’t keep up with surges or spikes in demand.
  • Trading partners have increasingly complex requirements.
  • Errors and/or chargebacks are occurring frequently.  
  • You have a new business system of record and would like to also update your EDI software.

If this sounds like your situation, full-service EDI can help. Full-service solutions such as Fulfillment from SPS Commerce automate order fulfillment and reduce data entry by 90 percent or more. In addition, Fulfillment can be seamlessly integrated with dozens of different business systems such as QuickBooks, NetSuite and SAP.

How can you distinguish between EDI software providers?

On the surface, many EDI solutions sound similar. It’s critical to make an informed choice that will support your business for years to come. 

Learn how to differentiate between EDI providers in our EDI white paper. You’ll gain access to definitions and qualifying questions so you can make an apples-to-apples comparison between EDI solutions. Looking for a checklist to select the right EDI software? You can access our free RFP template here.

Interested in taking your business to the next level with EDI? Schedule a demo with one of our EDI experts.

Emily Curran


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