The GS1 EDI standards are generic, worldwide and multi-sectoral. As a result, the messages contain many types of data that may or may not be sent in different situations. Ultimately, what is necessary for one sector is not always relevant for another sector. A lot of data is therefore optional. Suppliers and customers who are exchanging messages can therefore bilaterally agree which of the optional data need to be sent.
The many options have in recent years prompted various retailers to write their own EDI manual, clarifying which data they wish to receive and which they want to exclude.
If everyone has their own guidelines/message agreements, each message type has to be individually developed for each trading partner, which results in high costs. To avoid this, GS1 Belgilux has, together with retailers and suppliers, harmonised and simplified the three basic O2C messages - ORDERS, DESADV and INVOIC - for the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Food Service sectors.
Opportunities for everyone, but especially for SMEs! Harmonised message guidelines eliminate the need for (investment-intensive) retailer-specific developments. Thanks to uniform implementation, SMEs can make the transition (from no EDI or webEDI) to an integrated EDI solution and enjoy an efficiency as well as positive ROI.
The more business partners, the greater the economies of scale. Persuade your trading partners (suppliers and customers) to use the ORDERS, DESADV and INVOIC Harmonised Order to Cash messages.