EDI 820 - Payment Order/Remittance Advice

EDI 820 confirms that the buyer has sent an invoice of payments or multiple payments. It communicates to the seller both the date and time that they are being paid. The key elements of the notification include account information, payment amount and date, the type of currency, and related reference numbers.

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What is an EDI Payment? Benefits of using the EDI 820 Payment Order

Have you been asking yourself “What is an EDI Payment?”. An EDI Payment, also known as the EDI 820 is used during the payment management phase of the order cycle. EDI transactions streamline the process of requesting payment, reconciling orders to payments, resolving discrepancies, and generating payments to suppliers, carriers or other third-party companies.

Both buyers and sellers benefit from implementing the EDI 820. Benefits include:

Buyer Benefits


Sending payment via EFT or wire transfer reduces the resources required to stuff envelopes and mail checks


Reduce the expense of postage and supplies


Improve trading partner collaboration by reducing unexpected charges, costs and deductions


Increase available credit for future purchases by enabling suppliers to apply payments faster

Seller Benefits


Receive advance notification of payments and visibility into payment details


Upload/import payment details using CSV formats into an accounting system without the need for manual data entry


Automate the reconciliation of payments


Understand payment discrepancies and resolve issues faster

Key data elements included in an EDI Payment Order/Remittance Advice


Credit or debit confirmation


Method of payment/funds movement


Payer and payee name and address details


Account and bank routing information


Payment/remittance date


Trace reference number




Check or payment number


Payment amount

Common issues regarding EDI 820

Most EDI transactions are between two trading partners. However, the 820 Payment Order/ Remittance Advice can be more complicated, because up to four parties may be involved: the payer, the payer’s bank, the payee and the payee’s bank.

Many accounts receivable departments use a manual process for invoicing and payment, which creates the potential for errors and delays. Often, information must be copied and pasted several times across multiple documents in order to process a payment. Reconciling payment details for eCommerce and drop-ship orders can be especially challenging when using a manual process.

Automate 820 Payment Order/Remittance Advice with Full-Service EDI from SPS Commerce

Automate the EDI Payment with SPS Commerce so you can stop asking yourself “What is an EDI Payment?” and let us take care of it for you. Managing ongoing EDI tasks can be complex and time-consuming. Full-service EDI providers like SPS Commerce deliver EDI technology and associated staffing resources responsible for customizing, optimizing and operating your EDI solution.

With SPS Commerce Fulfillment, users can download the EDI 820 and other EDI documents to CSV files to easily translate invoice and payment information into a format for their system. These files can then be uploaded into an accounting system to cross-check information without manual entry. Accounting departments can get significant time back in their schedules and reduce errors by taking advantage of automated data exchange.

SPS communicates directly with your trading partners to manage connectivity, setup, requirements, updates and support efforts. SPS also takes ownership of understanding your trading partner requirements and making map changes.

SPS Fulfillment proactively monitors and optimizes your solution to prevent errors and minimize data entry. Interested in learning more about our EDI solution?

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