Finding software can be overwhelming. Software Advice helps distribution companies find the best EDI software so they can transfer documents quickly and securely.

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Fishbowl Inventory Distribution

Fishbowl is a hybrid manufacturing and warehouse management solution designed for small and midsize companies. Key features include inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP), job shop floor control, work order management,... Read more

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NetSuite

NetSuite is a provider of SaaS-based business solutions. NetSuite offers a web-based application for midsize wholesalers and distributors, offering a complete suite with features like ERP, inventory, e-commerce, accounting, fulfillment,... Read more

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Systum

Systum is a cloud-based distribution management solution for small to midsize businesses. Key features include marketing, customer relationship management, sales automation, e-commerce, inventory management and quoting and billing. Systum... Read more

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Logiwa WMS

Logiwa WMS is a cloud-based warehouse management and order fulfillment solution built on a .NET framework. The solution supports disparate warehousing processes, separate product groups and the needs of different sectors within a single... Read more

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Deskera ERP

Deskera ERP is a cloud-based enterprise business management suite that automates sales, billing, fulfillment, distribution (including pick, pack and ship process), sales commission calculations, purchasing, payment processing, product... Read more

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Zangerine

Zangerine is a cloud-based distribution management solution for small to midsize e-commerce businesses. Key features include inventory management, order management, quotes, purchasing, customer relationship management (CRM), point... Read more

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Agiliron Distribution

Agiliron cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) solution is designed to serve both in-store and mobile businesses as well as online sales channels. The system offers a host of features that work in tandem with the point-of-sale solution,... Read more

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Versa Cloud ERP

The Versa Cloud ERP system by VersAccounts is the most modern and complete business software product available in the market for distributors, e-commerce companies, multi-channel retailers and light manufacturers seeking a single software... Read more

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Entree

NECS entrée is an on-premise ERP solution designed explicitly for food distributors. It offers functionality for inventory management, truck routing, sales management and reporting, and is suitable for both full-line distributors,... Read more

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Odoo

Odoo is a fully integrated and customizable open-source suite of business applications including sales, CRM, project management, manufacturing, inventory, accounting and other business needs in one software solution. Odoo was designed... Read more

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Skulocity

Skulocity is a cloud-based ERP system for manufacturing and distribution businesses. It offers functionality for warehouse management, inventory planning, manufacturing management, payroll, shipping management, and financial analytics. Skulocity’s... Read more

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Sage 100cloud

Sage 100cloud is an ERP platform for growing and medium-sized distributors and manufacturers. Financials, supply chain, reporting, analysis, and collaboration are all part of the mobile-ready solution.  Financial processes within... Read more

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Distribution One ERP-ONE+ - Distribution

ERP-ONE+ is Distribution One’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that specializes in the wholesale and distribution industry. This 64-bit turnkey system includes features such as accounting, order entry, inventory control,... Read more

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WinWeb

WinWeb is a distribution enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite for small and midsize businesses in industries such as retail, wholesale, manufacturing, franchising and health care. Cloud-based and on-premise deployments are available. The... Read more

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CBOS

CentralBOS is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that caters to small and midsize businesses across various industry verticals and helps them to integrate their data and processes across locations and departments. CentralBOS... Read more

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K9ERP

K9ERP is a cloud-based business management system that offers financials, inventory, distribution, accounting, document management, service contracts, CRM, POS and more. K9ERP provides businesses with a complete suite of financial... Read more

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Epicor Prophet 21

Epicor Prophet 21 is a business management solution designed distributors with capabilities such as: mobility, e-commerce, analytics/business intelligence, financial management, CRM, order management, pricing, purchasing, warehouse... Read more

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Lead Commerce

Lead Commerce is an integrated order management suite that offers applications like inventory management, merchandise planning, and customer relationship management. The solution helps small and midsize businesses streamline and automate... Read more

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Royal 4 Enterprise

Royal 4 Enterprise is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution with built-in modules for distribution, manufacturing, planning, inventory management, reporting and company financials. It serves midsize to large enterprises... Read more

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TECSYS EliteSeries

TECSYS provides a series of supply chain management solutions suitable for midsize and large distribution companies. They currently service a wide range of verticals such as healthcare, 3PL, and other high-volume distribution industries. TECSYS... Read more

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Buyers guide


Last Updated: June 18, 2019

When researching enterprise, supply chain, warehouse or any other business software, you've probably come across the acronym EDI once or twice. It stands for electronic data interchange, and it's a pretty valuable piece of stand-alone or integrated technology for businesses that require a lot of document sharing between outside organizations.

In this Buyer's Guide, we'll go over exactly what this technology can do for you in the following sections:

What Is Electronic Data Interchange?
Common Functionality of EDI Systems
Top Benefits of EDI Software
Key Takeaways for Buyers

What Is Electronic Data Interchange?

Electronic data interchange (EDI) is a process by which businesses can transfer or trade documents in specific, standardized formats, from computer to computer. It's most often used by business partners, but the specialized formats enable companies to transfer data safely to and from outside sources as well.

EDI orchestration within Enterprise WMS Software

EDI orchestration within Enterprise WMS Software

The kind of documents typically shared via EDI software include things such as:

  • Purchase orders
  • Invoices
  • Payment documents
  • Shipment notifications
  • Bills of lading
  • Inventory

Essentially, any document containing information pertinent to the business transaction at hand can be shared through electronic data interchange systems from one computer to another. This technology eliminates the need for other, less reliable document transfer services such as postal mail, fax or even email. EDI systems completely automate the process of sharing documents to reduce human error and speed up business processes dramatically.

What makes EDI reliable is the standardization of document