If you’re in wholesale distribution, then amongst the many acronyms you’ll come across, you’ll be aware of Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI for short.
It’s like a special language that lets businesses like yours share important information quickly and accurately in a variety of EDI Formats such as EDIFACT or TRADACOMS. Major retailers such as Tesco, Aldi, and Sainsbury’s rely on EDI to streamline their operations and collaborate with suppliers.
But why is EDI so important for wholesale distributors?
What is EDI?
Think of EDI as a way for computers to talk to each other. It helps businesses exchange important data, like orders and invoices, without people having to do it all by hand. It’s a big time-saver and helps prevent mistakes.
What the Sysco Software EDI App Offers
The Sysco Software Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central App for EDI was developed to provide wholesale distributors with the tools to create data exchange definitions to link with their third-party supplier.
The key objectives for EDI imports and exports were to:
- Setup Record Type Identifiers. (Setup based on the file created from EDI software).
- Define the network folders for manual and automated imports/exports.
- Create data exchange definitions to map the EDI data to sales order data within Business Central and for sales invoice/credit exports.
Why do Wholesale Distributors need EDI?
To answer this question, it’s best to look at an example like Na Cuana Distillery.
Na Cuana Distillery are an Irish company leading the craft beverage industry. They produce a wide range of beverages, including Gin, Whiskey, Cider, Beer, and Cream Liqueur, and export to more than 44 markets worldwide. Na Cuana collaborates with major retailers in Ireland, the UK, and globally.
According to Peter Cooney, Export Sales Director at Na Cuana Distillery, “Microsoft Dynamics 365 has been configured to intake orders via EDI and also to process invoices to EDI, creating an airtight solution for order processing and traceability.”
Sysco Software’s integrated EDI, just like the solution used by Na Cuana Distillery, does a lot of the heavy lifting for you. It takes care of things like order entry, making order confirmations, and dealing with invoices and credit memos. This means you can spend less time on paperwork and more time on important tasks.
View the full Na Cuana Drinks Wholesale Distribution Case Study
If you are a wholesale distributor considering using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Sysco Software’s EDI integration can help to make your business work faster, more accurately, and helps you build strong relationships with your partners.
Using EDI isn’t just a good idea; it’s the SmartStep toward building a better Wholesale Distribution business.
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