What is EDI?


Electronic data interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer exchange of structured data, sent in a form that allows for automatic processing with no manual intervention. Documents are not prepared within the EDI system. For example, orders are being made by a retail chain’s purchasing department and then get uploaded to EDI. Invoices are being made by suppliers and get sent via EDI to the buyer.

The two most important elements of successful EDI are:

• International standards for the data structure

This document will refer to the EANCOM and GS1 XML standards for the structure of the data. The standards are developed and maintained by GS1 (, a global organization developing standards designed to enhance the efficiency of the supply chain.

• International standards for the data content

This document will refer to the GS1 numbering standards for the identification of products, services and locations within EDI messages. The GS1 numbering system is also developed and maintained by GS1 worldwide. This includes allocation and use of GS1 Identification Keys: GTIN, GLN, SSCC, GRAI, GSRN, EPC and others.

“The exchange of electronic documents is possible with all companies of the Baltic region”

Andrei Gorjatšov
IT Service Manager
Coca-Cola HBC

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Why do you need EDI in a Supply Chain to become ECR?

What is EDI?

EDI benefits and challenges

What types of data can you exchange using EDI?

Business process and message samples

Planning for EDI

Implementing EDI

Check list to start EDI in practice

Useful links