Any company involved in supplying products through the retail channel already has two things — communication with their trading partners and a way to manage their finances and inventory. These are typically known by their acronyms, EDI and ERP. But what many of the companies using these systems do not ahve is an integrated connection between them.
Without direct integration between ERP and EDI companies rely on either manual data entry or batch oriented import and export of transactions between the two. If you’re working on a small (very small) scale then the manual method can work for you. And it’s surprising how many larger companies still rely on batch transaction updates. Here’s why you really should consider some kind of integration.
The obvious problems with manual data entry are first that manual keying of data is subject to error… simple keyboarding errors that may or may not show up immediately. If you’re dealing with 2 or 3 transactions per day this may not seem a big deal, but when the errors end up causing accounting problems or invoice disparities a month after they have been entered, the time required to track down the problem and resolve the problem with your trading partner can quickly eat into profitability.