IPC EDI Basics

IPC EDI Basics (International Post Corporation)

The need for exchange of data with International Post Corporation and most postal operators and third parties is permanently increasing due to security requirements, customs and customer needs. The requirements from different postal industry stakeholders and the operational challenges they face are in permanent evolution. In order to provide visibility and added value services, the implementation of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is of paramount importance. The process of implementing and improving EDI requires the support of technical and operational experts, ready to assist, test, advise, and monitor compliance. IPC is widely recognised as the leading industry partner providing this expert support.

Implementing EDI is a challenging project that a post, airline, or other stakeholder is not always familiar with. Firstly, they need to refer to existing EDI messaging standards. They then need to develop and test the technical capability to start exchanging data. This requires the creation and activation of the EDI mailbox. Finally, the applicable business rules and best practices need to be included in the development phase, in order to not only exchange EDI messages, but also to do it correctly. Once the exchanges are operational, continuous monitoring of the quality, availability, and timeliness of the messages, as well as their compliance with both the standards and the different industry groups’ requirements, is needed. Each step of the process is facilitated by IPC, which provides expertise and appropriate tools.

By using IPC’s support services to implement and monitor EDI messaging, any participant can be sure that they are complying with the requirements of the industry regarding the quality of the messages exchanged.

To learn more about EDI and become a certified  EDI Professional please visit our course schedule page.

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