The Power of Web EDI for Global Supply Chains

As businesses strive to optimise their operations and enhance collaboration with their partners, the concept of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) has played a crucial role in streamlining B2B transactions. 

However, the traditional approach to EDI, with its complex networks and sometimes high costs, has posed challenges for many organisations. 

That’s where EDI web services come into the picture.

In this blog, we will delve into the world of Web EDI and how it can revolutionise your business interactions, helping you stay ahead in the dynamic and interconnected world of global supply chains.

Suggested reading: Want a deeper understanding of EDI is and its applications for businesses? Check out EDI 101 for more information.

What is web based EDI?

Web based EDI  (also known as Web EDI or Internet EDI) is a modern approach to electronic data interchange specifically designed to streamline B2B communication in the global supply chain sector. 

While traditional EDI relies on proprietary networks and value-added networks (VANs), Web EDI leverages internet technologies to enable secure and real-time data exchange between trading partners.

With Web EDI, organisations can use web-based portals or cloud-based platforms to exchange business documents, eliminating the need for dedicated communication lines or VAN subscriptions. 

Unlike traditional EDI, which often involves upfront investments in infrastructure and ongoing maintenance costs, Web EDI offers a more accessible and cost-effective alternative for businesses of any size. Often Web EDI also provides a user-friendly interface accessible through standard web browsers, allowing a non-technical audience to engage with the software.

This democratisation of EDI enables a wider range of organisations to engage in seamless data exchange, fostering collaboration and efficiency throughout their supply chain.

How Web EDI Works

Web-based portals or cloud-based platforms serve as the foundation for Web EDI. These platforms provide a central hub from which users can access the necessary tools and functionalities for document exchange. 

The process of document exchange in Web EDI involves three key steps:

  1. Data Transformation: Business documents are converted from internal formats (such as XML or CSV) into the standardised formats used in EDI, such as EDIFACT or X12. This transformation ensures that the data can be accurately interpreted and understood by the recipient’s systems. 
  2. Validation: The transformed documents undergo validation, which involves checking for compliance with the predefined standards and business rules. Validation helps identify any errors or discrepancies that may exist in the data, ensuring its integrity before transmission. 
  3. Transmission: Finally, the validated documents are securely transmitted over the internet using various protocols such as AS2 (Applicability Statement 2) or FTP (File Transfer Protocol), ensuring that the data reaches the intended recipient in a reliable and timely manner.

The role of messaging standards

Messaging standards play a crucial role in Web EDI: they ensure interoperability and seamless integration between trading partners. 

They provide a common language for communication, facilitating efficient collaboration and improving overall supply chain efficiency. Standards such as EDIFACT and X12 are widely adopted in the global supply chain industry. 

Messaging standards define the structure, format, and content of different types of business documents, such as purchase orders, invoices, and shipping notices. By adhering to these standards, trading partners can exchange information seamlessly, regardless of the systems or software they use.

Suggested reading: For more information on messaging standards and t-sets, see our messaging standards overview.

Advantages of Web EDI

As you might have already gathered, Web EDI has many advantages over traditional EDI methods:

  • Increased Accessibility: Web EDI offers a user-friendly interface accessible through standard web browsers, minimising the number of complex systems businesses require. 
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Web EDI eliminates the need for costly infrastructure investments and ongoing maintenance associated with traditional EDI approaches. It removes the requirement for dedicated communication lines or VAN subscriptions, resulting in significant cost savings for businesses.
  • Real-Time Visibility and Secure Data Exchange: Web EDI leverages internet technologies to enable real-time data exchange, facilitating faster and more transparent B2B transactions. It also ensures the security of data transmission through the use of encryption protocols and secure web-based portals or cloud-based platforms.
  • Scalability and Flexibility: Cloud-based platforms used in Web EDI provide scalability, allowing businesses to handle increased data volumes and adapt to changing needs. It offers flexibility in terms of partner onboarding, allowing organisations to easily integrate new trading partners into their EDI network.
  • Enhanced Visibility and Accuracy: Web EDI provides improved visibility and tracking of orders, enabling organisations to have real-time insights into the status of their transactions. It reduces errors and improves data accuracy through data transformation and validation processes, ensuring consistent and reliable information exchange.

These advantages enable organisations to optimise their B2B transactions, streamline processes, and stay competitive in today’s interconnected supply chain landscape.

How to best implement Web EDI

While Web EDI is accessible to any business, it is still another layer of complexity to your tech stack. If you want to implement it effectively and reap all the benefits above, then the the best way to do so is by partnering with an EDI expert who can manage it for you.

Data Interchange can guide you through the entire process, from initial setup to ongoing support, so that you can ensure a smooth transition to a Web EDI model.

We work with businesses of any size to make:

  • Onboarding suppliers easy so that Web EDI is adopted across your entire supply chain.
  • Your supply chain flexible and future proof. From our web portal, you can add and integrate suppliers into your EDI process with ease.
  • Order processing consistent so that even the smallest suppliers can provide data back to you the same way as larger suppliers do.

By partnering with Data Interchange, you can focus on your core business while enjoying the advantages of Web EDI – safe in the knowledge that its implementation and management is in capable hands.

Drive efficiency in your supplier management process today. Speak to an expert

Transform your approach to supply chain management

Talk to an Expert

    Epicor values your privacy. Website terms and conditions.


    The ANSI X12 EDI 862 T-Set: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    The ANSI X12 856 T-Set: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    ANSI X12 EDI 846 T-Set: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    855 T-Set: Structure, Benefits & Use CasesMaking the Move to Cloud-Based EDI Solutions

    Making the Move to Cloud-Based EDI Solutions

    EDI 940 T-Set: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    ANSI X12 EDI 865 T-Set: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    The VDA 4987 Message: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    Top EDI Solution Providers in 2024

    ANSI X12 EDI 850 T-Set: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    The VDA 4938 Message: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    The EDIFACT DELJIT T-Set: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    The EDIFACT DELFOR T-Set: Structure, Benefits & Use Cases

    The VDA 4915 Message Explained

    The VDA 4905 Message Explained

    T-Sets | ANSI X12 810

    How to optimise your EDI and ERP system integration

    T-Sets | ANSI X12 997



    Exploring Cloud EDI Services in ERP: Architecture, Security, and Scalability

    VDA Explained: Message Standards and Transaction Sets

    ANSI X12 Explained: Message Standards and Transaction Sets

    EDIFACT Explained: Message Standards and Transaction Sets

    How to Get the Most Out of AS2

    How EDI Simplifies Transactions in the Manufacturing Sector

    Why Your Automotive Supply Chain Needs an OFTP2 Connection

    Digital Supply Chain Trends Impacting 2023 and Beyond

    How to Manage Global Supply Chain Complexities

    How to Overcome Supply Chain Risk

    What is the Future of Supply Chain Management in 2023?

    How to Improve your Supply Chain Strategy

    Why Scalable EDI is Integral to Rapid Business Growth

    How to Pick the Right EDI File Transfer Protocol

    An Introduction to OFTP2 (Odette File Transfer Protocol)

    What are the Costs of EDI Implementation?

    What is PEPPOL?

    A Guide to EDI Protocols

    EDI VAN Costs: Get the Right Solution for your Business

    How Much Does EDI Cost?

    How Do On-Premise EDI Solutions Work?

    Our Plan at Data Interchange to Change EDI and Supply Chain Management

    Integrating EDI with your ERP

    In-house vs Managed Service EDI

    What is an API Integration? And how does it affect EDI?

    Epicor Acquires EDI Provider Data Interchange

    6 Benefits of EDI in the Logistics Industry

    4 Challenges Facing the Logistics Industry and How to Overcome Them

    Solving Supply Chain Problems in the Logistics Industry

    B2B EDI Integration Best Practices in 2023

    How to Choose The Right EDI Provider in 2022

    Supply Chain Analytics Trends in 2022

    Future-proof your business: Take Advantage of Market Growth

    Announcement: Andrew Filby becomes CEO of Data Interchange

    7 Advantages of EDI in The Automotive Industry

    Consumer Expectations cause Demand for Integrated Data

    How to Optimise Your Automotive Supply Chain Processes

    Post-Pandemic Supply Chain Challenges Increase the Pressure

    EDI Made Simple for the Automotive Industry

    Overcoming Supply Chain Visibility Issues in the Automotive Industry

    Complex Supply Chain Problems and Simple Solutions

    Supply Chain Flexibility: Why your customers need it

    5 Automotive Supply Chain Challenges Facing the Industry

    Supplier Performance Management Reimagined in 2023

    How to Unite Emerging Supply Chain Management Technology Trends

    Meet the Team: Marketing

    Supplier Management Best Practices after COVID-19

    The Future of EDI: Looking Beyond 2025

    The top three supply chain data exchange requirements

    The Advantages of EDI in E-Commerce: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage Online in 2021

    A Crash Course on EDI Industry Standards: ANSI x12 vs EDIFACT vs OFTP and more

    What is EDI Mapping?

    What is EDI: The History and Future of Electronic Data Interchange

    The Future of the Automotive Supply Chain

    Supplier Relationship Management: How to reduce risk and improve performance

    How EDI-as-a-Service Changes Supply Chain Best Practices in 2021

    Agile Supplier Onboarding: Supply Chain Security in Uncertain Times

    The impact of failed EDI on Supply Chain

    Cloud-Based EDI Solutions vs On-Premise

    Different Types of EDI Compared

    5 Most Common EDI Implementation Issues and How to Solve Them

    Are your EDI documents ready for the new EU/UK customs border?

    B2B Integration Challenges

    EDI vs API: Bridge the B2B connectivity gap

    Ten things to look for in an EDI Managed Service Provider

    World Mental Health Day 2020

    Logicalis & Data Interchange – partnering for success

    EDI – A data integration service critical to business success

    Joining forces with SnapLogic: bringing together market leading iPaaS and EDI solutions

    Joining Data Interchange: My lockdown experience

    Data Interchange announces strategic partnership with SmarterPay

    Access new trading partners quickly for COVID-19 support

    Keeping supply chains moving

    Our Web EDI solution gets a makeover

    Coronavirus: Our Business Continuity Plan

    With love from Data Interchange ♥

    A new decade, renewed ambition and the next generation

    Brexit and EDI

    Data Interchange transform their Support service for an improved customer experience

    Interview: An update on Data Interchange’s new CEO, Robert Steiner

    Data Interchange appoints Robert Steiner as new CEO

    MQ messages over ENX – Renault

    Five key questions for your EDI provider

    Data Interchange at the Odette Conference 2018

    How to select the right EDI provider

    Future proof your EDI and unleash growth

    EDI: the Supply chain performance enhancer

    Taking cost out of the chain

    Non-EDI users held up in the mail

    Over 41% of companies at risk without EDI

    ​Consolidating VAN providers

    Increase visibility and productivity of supply chain logistics with Data Interchange’s B2B integration solutions

    Data Interchange wins large business of the year award

    Data Interchange launch new Support Portal

    Data Interchange will be showcasing our EDI solution offerings and promoting the benefits of MMOG/LE

    Metaldyne receive special recognition from Ford for 11th consecutive year

    Top 5 reasons to switch to EDI Managed Services

    Data Interchange to power QAD Managed EDI On Demand