Paper based vs EDI Transactions
Businesses across Australia and New Zealand exchange purchase orders and invoices every day. So, let’s compare how this is done using paper versus EDI.
The exchange of paper documents can often add a week to the process. If there are errors caused by manual data entry, the time can be greatly increased even further.
The EDI process can be completed within hours.
In summary, EDI provides businesses with the opportunity to reduce or eliminate manual data entry errors, such as shipping and billing errors, because EDI eliminates the need to rekey documents on the destination side. One very important advantage of EDI over paper documents is the speed in which the trading partner receives and incorporates the information into their system thus greatly reducing cycle times. For this reason, EDI can be an important component of just-in-time production systems.