20 Benefits of EDI Outsourcing


In this blog, we will discuss

  1. The definition of EDI outsourcing,
  2. 20 benefits of EDI outsourcing
  3. and also provide you with some free downloadable EDI outsourcing guides

Define EDI Outsourcing

EDI outsourcing is having a third-party company like Commport Communications manage a part or entire process of using EDI to exchange data with trading partners.

By outsourcing your EDI process to Commport, you set yourself free to focus on your business and what you do best. EDI outsourcing means that you will not need to make any investment in EDI software, nor will you have to directly manage the EDI aspect of your relationship with your customers, including large retail clients.

EDI outsourcing is also suitable if you have implemented a fully integrated EDI-compliant system but still have partners who want to send you faxes. Commport’s managed EDI Service Bureau can be your clearinghouse for fax automation. We can process all your paper-based documents and generate their electronic equivalents in the format of your preference for electronic integration.

Commport’s Service Bureau offers managed EDI services built on our strength and expertise. We will receive your purchase orders at our office and forward them to you via fax or email. You simply fulfill the order and send the details of the shipment back to us. We’ll enter this information for you and send it on to your end customer.

Commport’s Service Bureau is your growth path. From managed EDI to EDI Web Forms and fully integrated data processing, Commport has the solution to fit your business.

20 Benefits of EDI Outsourcing 

  1. Fax-to-EDI/EDI-to-Fax solutions for everyday business transactions such as Purchase Orders (EDI 850), PO Changes (EDI 865), Invoices (EDI 810), Advanced Ship Notices (EDI 856), and Remittance Advice (EDI 820)
  2. Fax-to-EDI/EDI-to-Fax for specialty partners, industries, and transactions for example the JC Penney Routing Instructions (753/754), Planning Schedule (EDI 830), and the ability to create an ASN based on the planning schedule for Just-In-Time logistics partners (Automotive).
  3. Blended options enable you to send/receive some documents electronically while faxing others.
  4. Easy-to-read reports for all transactions processed by the Service Bureau
  5. Packing instructions to accurately convey how your shipment has been prepared
  6. Comprehensive VAN Services with global connections carried on the Commport Network
  7. Products and services to support your EDI needs now, and as you grow
  8. UCC-128 labels for all shipping documents (can be made available for print at your location or can be couriered to you as a part of the service)
  9. Minimize IT / operational costs
  10. Ensure EDI efficiency and compliance
  11. Resolve critical issues quickly
  12. Quickly add trading partners
  13. Manage partner’s requirements
  14. Scale your EDI infrastructure when your business grows
  15. Maintain secure EDI communications across your business and with all your partners
  16. You always have access to the latest technology, as the service provider’s business depends on ensuring it offers the most up-to-date facilities
  17. As you are connecting with external systems, the provider facilitates the community enablement process as well as offers value-added services to enable you to trade worldwide
  18. Increase business agility by giving you a means to quickly enter new markets and territories
  19. Increase business productivity by delivering a new level of information about your performance and that of your supply chain and your business partners
  20. With fully managed EDI service you can re-allocate resources to more strategic activities
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Today, we discussed some of the top 20 benefits of EDI outsourcing. EDI outsourcing emerges as a strategic solution for businesses aiming to streamline their Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) processes. By entrusting EDI functions to specialized service providers, organizations can benefit from enhanced efficiency, reduced operational burdens, and improved scalability. EDI outsourcing allows businesses to focus on core competencies while leveraging the expertise and infrastructure of external providers, leading to seamless communication with trading partners.

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Frequently Asked Questions

EDI outsourcing involves delegating Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) functions, such as data mapping, translation, and communication with trading partners, to third-party service providers with expertise in managing EDI processes.

Businesses opt for EDI outsourcing to benefit from the specialized knowledge and infrastructure of external providers. It reduces the burden on internal resources, enhances efficiency, and ensures compliance with EDI standards.

EDI outsourcing services often include data mapping, translation, trading partner onboarding, ongoing support, and compliance management. These services are tailored to meet the specific EDI needs of businesses.

Yes, businesses of all sizes can benefit from EDI outsourcing. Service providers offer scalable solutions, making it accessible and cost-effective for small, medium, and large enterprises to leverage the advantages of outsourced EDI services.

EDI outsourcing contributes to cost reduction by eliminating the need for businesses to invest in EDI infrastructure, software, and specialized personnel. It often offers a more economical and efficient solution compared to managing EDI processes in-house.

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