EDI technology has had a great run in helping consumer products companies and retailers automate thousands of transactions each year. But when systems can talk directly to each other using API technology, transactions will happen even more quickly with less chance of technical difficulties.
Of course, sweeping changes across the supply chain can’t and won’t happen overnight. One of the major obstacles is that for trading partners to connect their systems through APIs, they need the help of developers.
Rather than hire people to write their code, trading partners can connect to a cloud EDI technology that provides an API hub.
Consumer product companies would be able to easily connect their systems of record to the platform and send their data. The provider would then send this data via EDI to retailers’ systems on the back end.
Over time, retailers would connect to the platform via API, too. Once enough retailers started doing it, everyone would have to do it. We could finally see the entire industry leave EDI technology behind and embrace API.
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