EDI Cases

EDI Cases: Real-Life Skill Application

EDI Cases mean activity, event or problem that contains a real or hypothetical situation in retail, wholesale, supply chain etc. connected to EDI integration and includes the complexities one would encounter during EDI business implementation. EDI Cases (or case studies) are used to help one to see how the complexities of real life influence decisions. Analysing EDI Cases requires one to practice applying your knowledge and your thinking skills to a real situation.

Find below an example of EDI integration by a wholesale company.

Busines  objectives:

  • Prepare for risk and unforeseen supply chain disruptions
  • Develop an efficient and automated e-commerce process
  • Achieve greater supply chain efficiency

Implementation steps:

  1. Implement a PC-based solution to exchange orders and invoices
  2. Operate a customer facing supply chain with continuous flow of information between the organisation and its customers
  3. Remove error prone and time consuming manual tasks for a slicker process

Implementation results:

  • Competitive advantage and improved cash flow
  • Improved cash flow
  • The electronic invoicing has increased speed of payment from customers
  • Benefit of improved cash flow shared with manufacturers improving loyalty and commitment

Case study may include all the information one requires and in this case all people involved would be analysing the same case study. Some types of case studies require brainstorming to imagine that you are in the definite business situation and to make possible recommendations to management. Some case studies require you to solve a problem by developing a new business plan. These types of case studies are problem orientated. Alternatively you may be able to choose a real situation, such as a business event or operation in your workplace, to analyse as a case study, either as a problem orientated situation. In this instance, you would need to locate the information necessary to write a clear description of the case before you can analyse the situation and make recommendations.

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