EDI for Manufacturing

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The manufacturing industry relies on the effective flow of information in the supply chain to accomplish many of the required tasks for getting products to market. Suppliers and buyers in the manufacturing industry use generally accepted industry processes in the supply chain to support the distribution of products to mass markets at competitive prices.

EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is the method of choice for helping manufacturers to increase their supply chain productivity through accurate and timely transactions.

CovalentWorks provides web-based EDI solutions that streamline the labor-intensive processes associated with the day-to-day activities for moving products through the supply chain. CovalentWorks supports all the required EDI transaction types.

The supply chain cycle starts with an EDI Purchase Order, which is one of the most common EDI transactions. The supplier then sends back an EDI Functional Acknowledgment that lets the sender know the order was received. The next step is an EDI purchase Order Acknowledgment to confirm that the supplier will provide what the buyer requested in the Purchase Order.

From there, the manufacturer will alert the customer that they are shipping an order with an EDI Advance Shipping Notice. Then an EDI Invoice is sent to indicate the amount the customer owes the supplier. The customer will respond with a Payment Order, also known as a Payment Remittance Advice, that tells the supplier which the invoice has been paid and for how much. The Payment Order closes out the life cycle of an order.

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 Manufacturing EDI Transactions & Documents

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EDI Solution Comparison

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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 ✓***
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