Comarch EDI - Electronic Data Interchange

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Implementation of electronic data interchange at Unilever

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Comarch EDI at Metro Systems

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Supplier Management Optimization Reducing Process Duration and Costs at FROSTA AG

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Comarch EDI at Kompania Piwowarska

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News

Comarch has been once again the sponsor of The Billentis report
2017-05-19

Comarch has been once again the sponsor of The Billentis report (E-Invoicing / E-Billing. Significant market transition lies ahead). The published report present the analyses of the electronic invoice market.

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Comarch EDI in the „B2B payments, Supply Chain Finance & E-Invoicing market Guide” Report from The Paypers
2017-05-09

The "B2B Payments, Supply Chain Finance & E-invoicing Market Guide" is the next edition of The Paypers report – the leading international portal focused on transactional and payment services, including e-invoicing.

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Electronic Data Interchange

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Electronic data interchange - Comarch EDI solutions

Comarch EDI is the B2B platform based on cutting-edge technology enabling electronic collaboration with partners worldwide. It provides comprehensive EDI managed services to optimize operations throughout the whole supply chain. Our EDI solutions with embedded services like partners on-boarding, master data management, data validation and enrichment, formats conversion, B2B e-commerce, e-invoicing or supply chain financing guarantee high quality data that help to improve your decision making process.

Comarch EDI has been supporting GS1 standards to improve the collaboration among partners in various branches including retail, DIY, FMCG, logistics, industry, healthcare, consumer electronics or oil & gas. Thanks to our EDI managed services the customers improved in whole order-to-cash area from orders management, master data management, picking and deliveries management, traceability, goods receipt to e-invoicing.

Our presence worldwide and the interoperability with dozens of EDI service providers guarantee realization of projects on a global scale with multilingual support and local legal compliance.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is EDI?

Electronic data interchange (EDI) is an electronic communication method that provides standards for exchanging data via any electronic device. By adhering to the same standard, two different companies or organizations, even in two different countries, can electronically exchange documents (such as purchase orders, invoices, shipping notices, and many others). EDI has existed for many years, and there are many EDI standards (including X12, EDIFACT, ODETTE, etc.), some of which address the needs of specific industries or regions.

2. What steps should a company undertake to start EDI?

 

Before starting an EDI project a company should:

1. Estimate Return on Investment (ROI) of the project taking into consideration:

  • Readiness of current and potential business partners to start an EDI project
  • Cost of paper document services (e.g. printing, packing, sending, storage)
  • Investing in existing IT infrastructure modifications
  • Resources to re-organize processes
  • Time frame for launching the project

During this stage it is also recommended to define the project's scope incl. message types that will be exchanged with business partners as well as the volume of documents and number of business partners.

2. Indicate the team responsible for project implementation

Members should concentrate on project organization and implementation rather than dividing their time among other current duties. Much depends on the project's scope but the team should indicate representatives from Purchase, Sales, Accounting, Logistics and IT departments where one person from each department would be appointed as project owner and would be responsible for reporting to top management.

3. Adjustment to GS1 codes

The company should put its master data in order. It is recommended to use EAN codes and agree with business partners on their uniqueness. As for localization, the company is recommended to use a Global Localization Number - it serves to identify each location which must be explicitly and uniquely identified in the supply chain (more information>>)

4. IT solution choice

The company should decide whether to implement and maintain a project with its own resources or outsource it to an EDI provider. When making such a decision the following issues should be considered:

  • Experience
  • Business model
  • Resources
  • Timeline

The company should define the communication protocol that will be used to exchange documents with business partners (e.g. AS2, FTP/VPN, sFTP, WebService).

5. Pilot project

The company should choose a business partner to execute tests. It is important to agree on a test period during which all the data will be exchanged and verified with their paper counterparts. If all test results are positive, then a paper document switch off' date should be defined (the shorter the period of time the better).

6. Project roll-out

After starting communication with a first business partner the company should roll-out the project to reach a defined volume of electronic documents within a shortest possible time period.

3. Which data can be exchanged via Comarch EDI?

There are hundreds of standard message types defined including e.g. commercial, transport, logistic or financial documents which may be processed by Comarch EDI. The most commonly used are:

  • COASCU (Commercial Account Summary)
  • DESADV (Dispatch Advice)
  • HANMOV (Cargo/Goods Handling and Movement)
  • IFCSUM (Forwarding and Consolidation Summary)
  • IFTMIN (Instruction Message)
  • INVOIC (Invoice)
  • INVRPT (Inventory Report)
  • ORDERS (Purchase Order)
  • ORDRSP (Purchase Order Response)
  • PARTIN (Partner Information)
  • PRODAT (Product Data)
  • RECADV (Receiving Advice)
  • REMADV (Remittance Advice)
  • RETANN (Announcement for Return)
  • SLSRPT (Sales Data Report)

4. What Comarch EDI solutions do suit best for my company?

Comarch EDI has a wide portfolio and offers solutions to enhance processes in the whole supply chain including:

  • B2B e-collaboration (On-Boarding, WEB-EDI, Supplier portal, Tracking)
  • Order-to-Cash (PO Flip, DESADV with logistic label, KPI Reporting)
  • E-Invoicing (Validation, EDI-to-PDF, e-signature, Legal compliance, Archive)
  • Master Data Management (GDSN certification, Excel upload, media attachment)
  • B2B e-Commerce (dedicated layout, tailored product catalogues, promotions)

5. Does Comarch EDI as B2B network provide managed services?

Comarch EDI, with its skilled team and almost 20 years of experience, provides the services to enhance B2B integration and EDI implementation. We guarantee the following Comarch EDI managed services:

  • Consulting in tailoring the proper solution to expected needs
  • Experienced project management
  • On-boarding process (incl. trainings, manuals, webinars)
  • EDI messages design and mappings
  • Communication channel set up
  • Testing
  • Data enrichment and validation
  • Routing
  • Document tracking
  • Error and exception handling
  • SLA monitoring
  • Reporting
  • 3-line Service Desk

6. What are the benefits of using Comarch EDI network?

  • Costs saving
  • Higher data quality
  • Speed of data transmission
  • Real-time visibility of transaction status
  • Improved cashflow
  • Improved relationships
  • Reduction of CO2 emission

7. Is it possible with Comarch EDI to start data interchange with partners worldwide?

Yes. In case your partner from another country has been using another EDI provider then Comarch EDI is open for the interoperability. Currently Comarch EDI cooperates with dozens of providers from all over the world.  

8. My business partner has no ERP system. Is it possible to launch EDI with them?

Yes. Comarch offers WEB-EDI application via which the company may send and receive documents with business partners. This solution is available in ten-odd languages and allows for fast document creation based on received documents as well as documents’ current status tracking.  

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