SAP EDI in practice
What does SAP EDI look like in practice? Let’s explain its workings with the help of two examples.
Example 1. Let’s picture a fictional situation where an order is placed with a supplier which is about to be delivered. The SAP system at the supplier sends a series of EDI messages: whether the order has been processed, and when it will be delivered. There is also detailed information on how the order is packed: the exact number of boxes on a pallet, the size of packages, and the number of pallets. When the message stream enters the receiving company's SAP system, fully automatically, administrative processes start running, with SAP sending a confirmation of receipt and ensuring that the products are cleared in the warehouse and included in the stock information.
Example 2. And what about fresh, chilled products? When they are sent to their final destination, the store should be informed, as the cold chain should never be interrupted. Thanks to EDI, no time is lost in scanning and clearing the products.