Many people new to EDI are asking for an EDI Definition. We're here to answer your questions. EDI is defined as 'Electronic Data Interchange'.

EDI is a technology that enables businesses to exchange essential documents, relating to the trading of goods, frictionlessly and digitally without the need for manual intervention.

If your business is involved in the selling and buying of products with multiple retailers, manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers, in all likelihood you will already be using EDI. Your EDI is also likely to be integrated within the infrastructure of your business, sending and receiving information directly with your ERP, order management, accounting and other internal systems.

EDI makes your business processes more efficient, giving you visibility and transparency across your entire business operations and your connected wider trading network.

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EDI Definition: for those mandated for EDI

EDI is not only used by businesses to manage the trade of goods with a large number of trading partners. Many smaller manufacturers, with just one or two retail partners, find themselves required to exchange invoices or orders digitally via EDI.

Many of the large supermarkets mandate their suppliers to receive orders, shipping notices and other trade documents via an EDI platform. For instance, Ocado recently mandated its suppliers to submit all invoices via EDI, in effect from the end of June 2021. Morrisons already mandate EDI for invoices and orders, but extended this to include Advanced Shipment Notices (ASNs), Purchase Orders and Proof of Delivery.

If you’ve been told you need to start using EDI to exchange documents, don’t worry. It doesn’t need to be complex to set up or even expensive to use. An EDI solution will save you time and money, enabling you to manage all of your digital documents on a simple to use SaaS platform.

Integrating with your other systems

For frictionless trade processing, you may want to integrate your EDI with other inhouse systems to ensure information is shared instantly and accurately across your entire organisation.

This not only eliminates error-prone manual processing such as re-keying of data from one system to another, it also means that you have instant visibility across all of your orders and deliveries. This enables you to manage your stock control, allocate resource where it’s needed, manage cashflow and identify and fix potential blockages in your supply chain before they become a problem.

The Transalis Integration Team offer a consultancy service with a choice of fixed-price EDI integration with ERP, order management, accounting and other internal systems via an API. Alternatively, they can set up partial integrations using automated FTP updates mapped to your system.

The customer first approach

A recent survey of 250 decision makers found that many providers are not placing their customers’ needs at the heart of what they do.*

50% said it took their provider too long to resolve issues, 45% cited difficulties and delays integrating with other systems and 42% said that change requests were too costly.*

Transalis promises an easy to buy, simple to switch approach to EDI, placing customers at the heart of everything.

We promise customer satisfaction

  • We promise transparency - our flexible fixed-price bundles including the unlimited exchange of digital documents as standard with No VAN (Value Added Network) charges
  • You are in control – you have immediate visibility of your digital document exchanges with our cloud-based EDI platform, accessible anytime, anywhere
  • You are supported – you will receive ongoing support from our dedicated onboarding team, integration specialists, and customer experience managers
  • 98% Product Delivery
  • 74% Customer Experience
  • 97% Service Support (CSAT)
  • 99% Ticket Resolution (SLA)

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eDI Connect

Ideal for companies with many trading partners, high order volumes, requiring enhanced stock & sales reporting


eDI Connect+

Perfect for larger organisations requiring complete visibility across their supply chain to improve efficiencies


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To discuss your EDI requirements with a provider that puts its customer first, call us on on 0845 123 3746 (calling from UK) or +44 1978 369 343 (for international callers), or via email

* Vanson Bourne research commissioned by Transalis.