According to Aberdeen`s 2008 report “A Comparison of Supplier Enablement around the World,” only 34% of orders were placed electronically in North America. In EMEA, 36% of orders were placed electronically and in APAC, 41% of orders were placed electronically. They also report that the average paper requirement to order costs a company $37.45 in North America, $42.90 in EMEA and $23.90 in APAC. In the case of a custom EDI bond, costs will be reduced to $23.83 in North America, $34.05 in EMEA and $14.78 in APAC. With the development of EDI and web technology, new EDI software technologies have emerged to enable direct EDI (point-to-point) between business partners. Modern EDI software can facilitate exchange with any number of file transfer protocols and EDI document standards, reducing costs and barriers to entry. Business partners can connect directly. For example, a car manufacturer may maintain a pool of modems in which all its suppliers must connect to run EDI. However, when a vendor does business with multiple manufacturers, it may need to purchase a different modem (or VPN device, etc.) and different software for each manufacturer.
However, NDS can be high costs. NPOs typically charge a transaction fee per document, or even by position, to treat EDI transactions as a service on behalf of their customers . This is why many organizations also implement an EDI software solution or migrate to an EDI for part or all of the EDI. EDI documents generally contain the same information as those normally contained in a paper document used for the same organizational function. For example, an out-of-stock EDI 940 contract is used by a manufacturer to inform a warehouse that a product must be delivered to a distributor. It usually has a ship-to address, a bill-to address, and a list of product numbers (usually a UPC) and quantities. Another example is the set of messages between sellers and buyers, z.B. Request for submission (RFQ), in response to offer, order, order confirmation, delivery notification, receipt advice, invoice and payment advice. However, EDI is not limited to commercial data, but encompasses all areas such as medicine (for example. B medical records and laboratory results), transportation (. B for example, information on containers and traffic), engineering and construction, etc.
In some cases, EDI is used to create a new stream of business information (which was not previously a paper stream). This is the case with the Advanced Shipment Notification (ASN), which should inform the recipient of a shipment, the goods to be received and the packaging of the goods. This is complemented by the use of shipping labels with a GS1-128 barcode that refers to the mailing tracking number.  As more and more organizations were connected to the internet, the largest or the entire EDI was eventually pushed to do so. At first, this was done through ad hoc conventions, such as. B the unencrypted FTP of ASCII text files in a specific folder on a given host, which has only been approved by certain IP addresses. However, the IETF has published several background papers (the Applicability Statements, see protocols below) outlining the possibilities of using standard internet protocols for EDI. Another essential barrier is the cost of time and money in the first installation. The costs and time to implement, adapt and train can be costly.
It is important to choose the right level of integration to meet business requirements. For a company with relatively few transactions with EDI-based partners, it may be useful for companies to implement low-cost “rip and read” solutions that print the EDI format in a readable form and where people – not computers – react to the transaction. EDI`s outsourced EDI “Office Services” solutions are another alternative.