Electronic Data Interchange

EDI is the technology that makes it possible for the computer applications of two trading partners to communicate directly. EDI translation software converts the language into a usable format for each partner.

Distributor Benefits:
  • Virtually eliminates the chance of error in the order entry process.
  • Faster order processing, which results in faster shipment of product.
  • EDI opens the door to a wide range of additional electronic processes and information.
  • Reduces infrastructure costs.

What is EDI?

EDI is the transmission of common business documents from computer application to computer application in a standard processable format. Typically, a third party value added network (VAN) is involved as the conduit for the transaction. Internet transmissions are also available.

In more general terms, EDI is the mechanism that allows trading partners to trade documents without changing internal applications. EDI translation software converts the language into a usable format for each partner. EDI technology is not proprietary, thus providing the user the ability to communicate electronically with unlimited partners.

Once a trading partnership has been established, each trader sends and receives documents in a standard format as delivered by the translation software. Transmissions take seconds and are available virtually instantly.

Once a purchase order (P.O.) is entered using EDI, other documents such as Advanced Shipping Notices (ASN) and Invoices may be transmitted as well. This provides many opportunities for each partner to share in the benefits.

Contact your local Anvil representative to get started with this tremendous opportunity.

Anvil also provides the following EDI services:


ASNs quickly transmit customer purchase order details, quantities shipped, shipment details, carrier name, tracking number and shipping date.

Distributor Benefits:
  • Shipping information is provided when order is ready to ship, giving distributor additional time to plan.
  • ASN automates the “receiving” process, reducing errors and saving time.
  • Improves visibility for manpower and equipment allocations.

Electronic Invoice (EDI 810 or e-mail)

Enables distributor to receive invoices more quickly.

Distributor Benefits:
  • Provides the opportunity to match invoice with P.O. electronically.
  • Reduces processing costs.
  • Simplifies financial planning.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

EFT technology transfers payment for goods electronically.

Distributor Benefits:
  • Distributor can be certain that payment is made correctly and can plan finances more efficiently.