Continental EDI Manual

EDI Connection With Continental: Setting up with Supplier

EDI Connection With Continental has to be coordinated with the responsible EDI department of each Continental location. Usually the ordering Continental location contacts the Supplier and initiates the EDI implementation. However, Suppliers can initiate the  implementation as well by contacting Continental plant logistics by themselves.

Both Parties agree on a timeline for the migration of the standard business communication to EDI and clarify first technical settings (EDI parameters and EDI format). Continental prefers certain standards for specific messages. The supplier checks whether the implementation of EDI according to the specifications of Continental is feasible. If Supplier is not able to implement EDI, WEB EDI (via SupplyOn) is accepted as alternative process.

In the course of the implementation, Supplier will receive further technical details on the EDI settings and location specific regulations. Technical details for the message types (SSC logic, data element, segment, and EDI envelope) will be provided during the set-up of the connection and are to be reviewed and tested with the respective Continental location, Continental EDI department, and Supplier case-by case before the set-up. In case of any discrepancies in designation of the information used within this communication, both Parties shall review the discrepancies and cooperate to solve the issue. In case testing is necessary, Continental uses test IT-Systems and not the productive IT-Systems in order to avoid impacts on manufacturing processes.

Supplier, from his perspective, should adjust also its IT-Systems for data processing in order to guarantee complete compatibility with the message format of Continental and to ensure that the messages are processed correctly in Suppliers IT-Systems. Accuracy is imperative in order to maintain the integrity of data exchanged. When failure-free transmission is ensured, the data will be transmitted only by EDI.

Continental assumes that Supplier has in place the necessary communication hardware or software to support EDI (e.g. Internet connection, hardware, software. All necessary modifications or amendments to Supplier’s hardware or software are solely the responsibility of the Supplier. And each Party bears the costs arising out of the establishment, maintenance, and use of its used software, hardware including any fees relating to the use.

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