Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integrated with Microsoft Dynamics® GP can streamline interactions and transactions with a variety of trading partners including customers, suppliers, banks and factors, 3PLs and more. But EDI can be more than an optimization a business chooses to embark on--it is often a hard mandate from major customers intent on leaning their supply chain.
EDI of course is, by a simplistic definition, a way to electronically exchange supply chain documents and automate transactions between business entities including customers, suppliers, banks/factors, 3PLs and others. But today, it is often about more than just exchanging purchase orders and purchase order acknowledgements. Regardless of whether you engage in EDI by choice or by requirement, today's omnichannel business environment requires that more advanced data from Dynamics GP and warehouse management system (WMS) software be included in many EDI programs. According to Brian Lynch of Panatrack Partner organization Data Masons, Dynamics GP user organizations ought to plan to automate more esoteric transactions and inventory status information.
"With customers for instance, you may want to automate the inbound sales order which in turn would trigger a purchase order acknowledgment or an advance ship notice that lets your customers know when they will receive their goods,"