Logistics and supply chain, EDI

Which EDI message types are used in the logistics sector?

12.08.2018
EDI logistics sector

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 why electronic data interchange has such a high penetration in the sector.

Check out the different messages which are mostly used in the logistics industry:

  • ORDERS

This message is issued by the client and the manufacturer is the recipient. It is used to place an order for goods.

  •  INSDES

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.

  • DESADV

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.

  • OSTRPT

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.

  • INVOIC

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.

  • PRICAT

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.

  • INVRPT

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.

  • RECADV

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.

How can I adopt EDI in this sector?

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.

EDICOM has developed different technological solution specifically designed for logistics, such as the EDICOMNet B2B communications infrastructure, the Vendor Managed Inventory service or the EDICOMData electronic catalogue. Thanks to these, large companies in this sector worldwide have simplified and enhanced their day-to-day management.

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