Increase your efficiency by using EDI

Does the electronic exchange of data between you and other companies sound like music to your ears? No more endless Excel tables. With EDI you reduce the risk of errors and your employees can focus on the core of your business. You can read how this affects your costs below.

What is EDI?

EDI or Electronic Data Interchange is a technology for exchanging business data between different companies' information systems. Using a standard electronic format, EDI integrates specific software systems to share data between customers, suppliers and partners. The most common systems are Navision, SAP, AX and LISA, although integration with other systems is also possible.

This technology has been used for years to pass master data between companies, such as orders and production data. For example, as a customer, you know exactly when which products are produced and go into stock at your supplier, or when a truck has arrived.

In practice

Barias uses EDI to deliver information about the packaging project to their clients. The EDI process starts with the client, who passes on the correct data to Barias, such as:

  • Article
  • Lot
  • Shelf life
  • Pallet codes

With this data, Barias starts planning the inbound goods flow. When the goods arrive, they are scanned and put away in the storage area. The production planning indicates when the goods are taken from the warehouse and prepared for production. Then they are transferred from production back to storage. Finally, the outbound planning indicates when the goods leave the warehouse again for the effective outbound.

Barias also uses EDI for the cross-docking process. With cross-docking, goods go directly from inbound via production to outbound, without storage in between.

Benefits of EDI

That the electronic exchange of data has many advantages will come as no surprise to you. First of all, it allows you to automate processes, which reduces the risk of human typing errors. Moreover, your employees spend less time passing on and processing data and can concentrate on their core tasks.

Secondly, EDI allows for faster response time due to automatic data flow and processing. Since EDI works in real time and 24/7, there is no human delay in sending, receiving and processing documents. The process is also completely transparent to both the customer and the supplier. Everyone gets to see the same data. With this, Barias also guarantees the promise of 'from field to fork' and full traceability.

Finally, the information in EDI is always correct, since the data is sent via standards that are known to both the sender and recipient. Data can no longer be misinterpreted or interpreted differently.

By increasing the efficiency of your processes and allowing your people to focus on their core business, EDI reduces your costs. Both in terms of employee costs, as well as operational costs, such as loss of production or waste. Thanks to the flexible integration with various software systems, EDI is also a smart move for your company.

Do you also want to work with Barias using this technique? Contact us for all information.



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