What is EDI TRADACOMS?

EDI TRADACOMS is one of the most fundamental EDI languages, starting life in 1982.  It was setup by the Article Numbering Association, who later changed their name to GS1.  GS1 may sound familiar, as they are the independant body that issue barcodes to products worldwide.

 

Where is it used?

EDI TRADACOMS is mainly used in the UK retail sector.  Supermarkets, clothing stores and various other retal outlets still use this format.  Officially, GS1 have been pushing for the format to be abondoned for many years, however, large system impelementations were once a very costly option and the changeover to a more universal EDI format is perceived as an unnecessary cost.

 

What do EDI TRADACOMS documents look like?

Traditional EDI software that you install on your PC would require an in depth understanding of EDI TRADACOMS. If you take a look at the snippet below, this is the kind of document you would be looking at when orders arrive:

 

STX=ANA:1+5000000000000:TRADING PARTNER LTD+5010000000000:YOUR COMPANY LTD+070315:130233+000007+PASSW+ORDHDR+B'
MHD=1+ORDHDR:9'
TYP=0430+NEW-ORDERS'
SDT=5010000000000:000030034'
CDT=5000000000000'
FIL=1630+1+070315'
MTR=6'
MHD=2+ORDERS:9'
CLO=5000000000283:89828+EAST SOMEWHERE DEPOT'
ORD=70970::070315'
DIN=070321++0000'
OLD=1+5010210000000++:00893592+12+60++++CRUSTY ROLLS:4 PACK'
OTR=1'
MTR=7'
MHD=3+ORDTLR:9'
OFT=1'
MTR=3'
END=3'

 

Do I really need to know EDI TRADACOMS in such depth?

Using XEDI as your cloud EDI provider takes the hassle out of understanding the technical aspects of EDI documents. The XEDI system already understands how to translate EDI TRADACOMS documents into something that resembles an ordinary paper document.   Rest assured, XEDI complies with your trading partners requirements  and we can get you up and running within 30 minutes.

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