Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is an aging protocol for computer systems to communicate. In many ways, it can be completely replaced by XML (Shipwire XML API). However, in many B2B and “Big Box Retailer” models, EDI factors heavily. EDI can be very “heavy” and may involve professional services and private networks that add expense.
There are ways to “lighten” EDI
- Ask your retailer for their list of compatible Web EDI providers. This provides a more cost effective online (browser-based) interface to convert an EDI communication to something lighter weight.
- Ask your retailer or EDI provider if they provide an EDI to XML translator, then plug into our API directly.