Posted by manager on 18 October 2016
More and more of our customers are using the EDI functionality in MultiFreight for electronic communication with their customers, suppliers and partners.
MultiFreight works with its own XML schemas for data import and export. It can handle a wide variety of formats – such as xml, Edifact, csv (Excel) and flat files. It can of course also do the same in reverse, to turn outgoing MultiFreight xml files into different formats, if required with the company you are communicating with.
EDI (electronic data interchange) can be used in a range of different ways to help improve and automate your processes. Below are some areas where EDI can help your company work smarter.
Bookings and Manifests
A common usage of EDI is to automatically create jobs in MultiFreight from data sent by your customers or partners. The MultiFreight EDI module loads incoming messages into your MultiFreight inbox, validates the data, automatically translates to your internal codes (departments, accounts locations etc.) and, at the press of a button, creates the jobs or consols for you. It can also send out job and consol data as EDI messages.
As well as creating new jobs, EDI can also be used to apply updates to existing jobs.
If you are using MultiChain to manage client’s purchase orders prior to shipment, the EDI module enables PO data to be imported automatically.
Bookings and shipping instructions to shipping lines; eAWB
These are standard EDI messages which have been pre-defined in MultiFreight, so that, for example, you can send bookings and shipping instructions directly from your job file to the carrier portals, such as INTRRA, GT-Nexus, Cargosmart, CCS-UK, MCP and other communication gateways.
Contact us for more details on how we can help your business automate your processes and work smarter.