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Paper-less trading with EDI (SARS)

Today, a majority of the data in commercial paper documents is generated from existing computer applications. These paper documents are printed and copied before the information they contain is finally communicated by mail or fax. The business partner in turn, re-keys all this information into another computer application for further processing. An increasing number of companies have found the above process extremely slow, costly and unreliable. The need for a faster, cheaper and more accurate solution for exchanging commercial data has become a significant priority for many companies and organisations.

EDI or Electronic Data Interchange can be conceptualised as paper-less trading. A common and useful definition of EDI is: The transfer of structured data, by agreed message standards, from one computer application to another by electronic means without human intervention. The structuring of data by agreed message standards implies that the data or information to be exchanged is recognisable, both in content, meaning and format, allowing it to be processed automatically and unambiguously by computers.

The implementation of EDI demands a much greater degree of cooperation, collaboration and a sharing of information between partners, effectively building trading partner relationships. EDI provides trading partners with an efficient business tool for the automatic transmission of commercial data from one computer application directly to another. Companies do not need to worry about different incompatible computer systems. Through the use of EDI message standards like UN/EDIFACT, data may be communicated quickly, efficiently and accurately irrespective of users’ internal hardware and software types.

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