EDI for Automotive

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EDI in the automotive industry began in 1982 with a mandate from General Motors that their suppliers use it.  Since then EDI has become an integral part of the automotive supply chain and encompasses all of the OEMS and tier 1 suppliers as well as many of tier 2 suppliers and third party logistics providers.

Electronic Data Interchange assisted car manufacturers in onboarding suppliers regardless of their location as the automotive industry became increasingly global. The exchange of EDI documents now helps automotive production lines run smoothly between the car manufacturers and their extended supply chain.

The most common EDI standard is the ANSI X-12 standard but many companies in the automotive supply chain use the international EDIFACT standard. Some companies support both standards.

CovalentWorks provides web-based EDI solutions that eliminate the need for manual entry of information, saving car manufacturers and their supply chain time and money. One constant across all industries, including the automotive industry, is that functional acknowledgments are sent to indicate receipt of an EDI document.

CovalentWorks fully supports all automotive EDI transaction types following each trading partner’s unique requirements. 

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Automotive EDI Transactions & Documents

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EDI Van

Turnkey solution ✓* ×
Web-based software included ×
Web-based portal × ×
Interfaces to other systems Optional ×
IT support included × ×
Transaction mapping ✓** ✓** ×
GS1-128 bar code labels ×
Trading partner testing ×
EDI VAN, AS/2, FTP ✓***
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Training ×
Internet access from anywhere
Unlimited number of users
Month to month agreement
Free U.S. based support

*IT support required during testing for B2BWorks.

**MyB2B and B2BWorks include mapping for all transaction types for any partner in the world.

***EDI VAN service is included at no charge with both MyB2B and B2BWorks.

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  • Using a web based EDI program has saved our company time, money and a lot of headaches. Software updates and configurations are no longer a thorn in my side, thank you Covalent Works!

    Cher Gray-AlderferController, Christine Taylor Collection

  • Our switch to Covalent Works was a fantastic move for both us and our customers. Covalent has provided excellent cost effective service, and meets all our EDI needs. Thank you, and we look forward to the same great service for years to come.

    Brian DickeyPresident, Bio Clinical Labs