In the supply chain, fluid communication between all those involved is essential if the product is to reach the end customer in good time. However, one of the most significant parts in this process is undoubtedly the logistics. Operators and carriers have to make an extra effort to achieve an optimum exchange of information with suppliers, distributors, customs authorities, final recipients of goods, etc. And they need to do it in record time and without any errors occurring. This explains EDI technology’s high penetration in the sector.
In this post we discussed the different types of messages that make it possible to use this system in the logistics world and explained how each of them is composed.
This message is issued by the client and the manufacturer is the recipient. It is used to place an order for goods.
The manufacturer issues this message to make the request to prepare a new order and sends it to the logistics operator, so that they can get ready in advance.
This is the most widely used message in the logistics sector. On one hand, it is used by logistic operators to send the despatch advice notifying the customer that the goods are ready to be shipped. On the other, the manufacturer may send it to the logistics operator to give notice of procurement in store.
With this message, the logistics operator reports the order status to the manufacturer. As a result, it is possible to have a real-time record of the phase the process is in and estimate times in the supply chain of products to the final customer. In other words, traceability is guaranteed.
This designates the e-message used by the manufacturer to send the bill to the customer. Including this message in our B2B communications significantly shortens payment collection times.
This message lets the manufacturer inform the operator of their product catalogue in real time: references, product features, logistics information … all relevant data are kept updated. This way, alignment of the master product is achieved.
The aim of the Inventory Report is to provide the manufacturer with information on the quantity of the product in stock available from the warehouse.
Along with the DESADV message, this is one of the most widely used in this area. The logistics operator uses it to confirm to the manufacturer that the order has been received. This avoids the bill being rejected later.
The use of these messages automates communication flow in the supply chain and reduces the number of errors. In addition, transactions are optimized, thanks to the traceability provided by EDI technology and the option of implementing validation processes.
How can I adopt EDI in this sector?
EDICOM has developed different technological solution specifically designed for logistics, such as the EDICOMNet B2B communications infrastructure, the CRP Flow tool or the EDICOMData electronic catalogue. Thanks to these, large companies in this sector worldwide have simplified and enhanced their day-to-day management. This is the case, for example, of DHL, Logista, Grupo Carreras, FCC or Kuehne & Nagel.