Rising freight costs, port congestion and labor and material shortages: these are just some of the pandemic-fueled issues causing unprecedented global supply chain disruptions. And while companies attempt to stay ahead of these ever-shifting challenges, they’re also handling an uptick in the number of online orders, placing even greater pressure on the compressed supply chain.
Businesses have no room for human error, slow processes or wasted money in this challenging environment. To optimize supply chain management, they need electronic data interchange (EDI) automation, the digital exchange of standardized information from one trading partner to another.
EDI creates visibility into a supply chain’s back-end processes and helps companies handle complex processes. It replaces the manual, paper-based information exchange processes that often cause human errors and delays. For example, if an employee faxes an inaccurate purchase order, correcting and routing it to the right parties can waste valuable time and money. Human operators often get overloaded with work, slowing down critical processes.