Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
Deringer offers full systems integration for customs brokerage, and warehousing and distribution services.
An Introduction to EDI
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI for short) is the method by which Deringer can remove manual processes from any transaction, reducing labor costs and replacing them with electronic means to greatly improve efficiency and accuracy. EDI is a two-way street. We receive your data, process it, and send the appropriate acknowledgement(s) and responses to you and/or a third party (such as a government agency).
The ultimate goal of any EDI process is “lights out” processing. This refers to any integration between Deringer and our trading partners’ systems that is so well constructed that no manual intervention is required at any point from beginning to end of the transactions. Of course, this 100% integration isn’t always realistic or appropriate for all trading partners. For any partner, no matter what systems they use or how technically inclined their staff, EDI can provide solutions to increase efficiency and accuracy. Each keystroke and mouse click avoided is a step in the right direction!
Benefits to Our Partners
- Faster and more efficient transaction flow
- Improved data accuracy
- Receive shipment tracking information in real time
- 24/7 transaction processing
- Significant reduction of paper documents
- Less time entering data, more time running your business!
How to Get Started
Whether you store your transactional data in Excel spreadsheets, a large-scale ERP system, or even in your own proprietary software, you are already creating files that can be readily used for EDI. If you have a way to send your files to us, be it FTP, AS2, or even a simple email with an attachment, you’re in a position to start integrating your system with ours. EDI is notorious for its acronyms, so there could be a few in our capabilities list with which you’re unfamiliar. Not to worry! Deringer’s EDI Coordinators can answer any questions you may have. It’s also a pretty good rule of thumb that if you’ve never heard of it, it probably doesn’t apply to your particular situation. If you’re interested in starting a conversation on EDI with Deringer, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work with you to find the right solution for your company.
Deringer accepts most standard file formats (X12 EDI, XML, positional, and CSV to name a few) and has a wide range of communication types available to trading partners for use. For those partners who are able to conform to them, Deringer offers format standards that greatly reduce the duration and cost of the onboarding process.