Direct EDI Strategy

ZF’s Digitalization Strategy With Suppliers

The ZF’s goal of the digitization of communication types is to reduce the manual efforts between ZF and suppliers, thereby reducing cost, increasing speed, and decreasing the potential for errors.

Connection Type

For a communication type to be digitalized, ZF must either establish a direct electronic data interchange (EDI) connection with a supplier (available for some processes) or utilize the strategic SupplyOn portal. Not all digital processes require the use of SupplyOn. Suppliers with existing EDI capabilities can use “classic EDI” to perform some communication types, however, those without EDI capabilities can utilize the web-based applications through SupplyOn.

The ZF Onboarding process begins with ZF selecting a supplier for a particular type of digital communication type, based on business need and supplier classification. The responsible ZF business contact (Logistics, Quality, Finance, Purchasing, Supplier Management) must submit a request to the ZF Onboarding team to establish a connection.

Direct EDI Connections

For any logistics and finance communication types that a supplier elects to connect via classic EDI, the standard process is as follows:
EDI requirements
For suppliers with existing EDI capabilities, ZF can establish a direct EDI connection between the respective ERP systems. Only certain digital communication types can be set up with EDI. From 2023 onward, only the ZF Global Messaging Standards will be utilized for new connections.
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