EDI / XML / EC - Guide for the Fashion Industry

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EDI is described as the interchange of structured data according to agreed message standards between computer systems, by electronic means. Structured data equates to an unambiguous method of presenting the data content of a document, be it an invoice, order or any other document type. The method of ensuring the correct interpretation of the information by the computer system is defined by the standard. Electronic exchange of information in the context of pure EDI effectively means without human intervention.

Electronic Commerce (EC): Transacting business via electronic means.

Purpose of EDI
EDI Mapping

EDI User Groups

EDI Standards Associations
EDI Codes
ANSI  (American National Standards Institute)
UPC Look Up / Barcode Lookup
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EDI Resources

fashion directory  ACT Data Services, Inc.: ACT Data offers a complete outsource solution for all of your EDI needs. No setup fees, monthly fees or minimums! Let the experts handle the headaches of EDI. No special software or hardware required. The fastest, easiest, most cost efficient way to become EDI compliant. All retailers serviced. Personal EDI analyst assigned to each customer account.  Address: 17-10 River Rd. Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 800-ACT-DATA 201-796-4593 bob@actdata.com

fashion directory  AIMS 360 (Apparel Information Management System): With over 5,000+ installations, AIMS 360 is the industry's leading apparel ERP software offering the most robust and fully integrated solution for manufactures and wholesalers/distributors of apparel, footwear, handbags, accessories, jewelry, home furnishings and other fashion goods. AIMS 360's product suite is comprehensive, feature-rich, user-friendly, easy to implement and is compatible on a PC, Mac, or iPad. AIMS runs on the most advanced technologies and platforms offering a hosted cloud based solution which runs on .NET and SQL servers or an on-site solution. A Microsoft Gold Partner and Gold Level QuickBooks developer, AIMS 360 provides the most professional, up-to-date business applications, including: AIMS EasyShop™ online B2C retail shopping cart, AIMS WebLink™ online B2B wholesale shopping cart, AIMS RemoteLink™ native iPad app for taking orders anywhere, anytime, the easiest-to-use EDI integration, AIMS GL Integration™ with QuickBooks, Sage and other accounting software's, UPS and FedEx shipping integration, and Business Analytics for iPad. From materials to finished goods, our system is easy-to-use, customizable, and affordable. AIMS360 serves clients of ALL sizes! Whether a start-up, medium size, or large business, AIMS is your ERP solution and is here to help you grow and increase your ROI! AIMS is located in the California Market Center, 110 E. 9th St., Suite A1169, Los Angeles, CA 90079.  Call: 310-361-5710 Email: sales@aims360.com

fashion directory  ApparelMagic : ApparelMagic® is the industry leader in apparel management solutions, with more than 27 years of excellence. Web-enabled, PC & Mac compatible, ApparelMagic offers ERP, PDM, CRM, PLM, EDI and Accounting in one integrated solution.  ApparelMagic offers the MOST COST EFFECTIVE ERP/eDI Solution in the industry as well as ApparelMagic® To Go for iPads and Notebooks,  ApparelMagic® Web, your live web based order entry system, and ApparelMagic® Plus, your powerful customization tool, to write your own scripts, reports and layouts.  ApparelMagic To Go and ApparelMagic Web enable your sales team to show your digital showroom and take orders ANYWHERE, on your iPad, laptop or other web friendly mobile solution (with or without internet access.)  No other ERP software combines the ease of use, power, technology and friendly service.  ApparelMagic provides direct and immediate access to the latest status of any line, any customer, any accounting report.  ApparelMagic provides a visual feast of images, specs, revisions, instructions, sales history and other tools to easily to determine all options and respond effectively. ApparelMagic also supports easy integration with UPS, FedEx, e-commerce links to your shopping cart and 3d-party warehouse systems. ApparelMagic's user friendly visual interface, worldwide deployment options and comprehensive reports give you unmatched power to move your business forward. Systems begin at under $5,000 with convenient lease options as low as $250 monthly (contact them for most current pricing). All systems include free training, live technical support, product updates and powerful online help tools. Contact: John Murphy, ApparelMagic, 1764 North Congress Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. Toll Free: 888-636-0002. Email: sales@apparelmagic.com.  Visit: www.apparelmagic.com

fashion directory  Aria Systems: Aria Systems is a provider of complete Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions and creator of the Digital Order Form, an efficient field sales automation tool for the Tablet PC. Our flagship Aria 4XP ERP Product Suite is an end-to-end solution for Supply Chain Management (SCM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM, and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), specifically designed for the Apparel, Accessories, Footwear, Home Furnishings, and Textiles industries. With 15+ years of experience in developing, deploying, and maintaining fully-integrated systems, Aria possesses the critical insight required for understanding the unique challen! ges facing apparel companies from both an Operations and Information Systems perspective, and delivers solutions that match the unique business needs of our customers. Aria Systems services include comprehensive training solutions, as well as business and process management consulting.

fashion directory  The Camry Group, Inc.: The Camry Group, Inc. is an EDI Service Burea / Bar Code Service Bureau. Their services range from setting up EDI transactions (850, 856, 810) to providing bar code services (shipping labels and hang tags). They serve as an One-Stop-Shop for all your EDI and Bar Coding requirements. Address: 875 Avenue of the Americas Suite 1715 New York New York 10001 USA Phone: (212) 268-8675 Fax: (212) 268-8679 Email: general@camrygroup.com

fashion directory  Cleo Connect : Ecosystem integration takes an “outside-in” approach to the orchestration of end-to-end integrations and workflows across your multi-enterprise ecosystem. By combining application, B2B/eDI and data integration capabilities with intuitive operational insights into a single platform, organizations can onboard partners faster, identify business process optimizations, improve organizational agility and efficiency, and simply drive more revenue.

fashion directory  ComputerCare Inc.: CAMS (ComputerCare Apparel Management System) is designed by industry experts as a full function ERP system that integrates FG Inventory and Production with Order Entry. CAMS is easy to use for importers and manufacturers of clothing products and even easier on your budget. ComputerCare has built-in flexibility to allow the system to be easily modified for individual use, often without the need to do any programming. Key features include: available to sell reporting all the time, anytime; sophisticated multi-store (distro) order entry, including consolidated picking tickets; intelligent order allocation logic; production orders to schedule imports, cutting & knits; planning to ID profit by groups/styles; booking analysis (cut and sold reporting) to maximize productivity. Integrated EDI and PDM modules are available.  Address: 241 Forsgate Drive Jamesburg, NJ 08831 Phone: 732-656-0673 Fax: 732-656-0656 Contact: Ken Reifer E-mail: sales@computercare.com  

fashion directory  CovalentWorks is the leading EDI service company for sending, receiving, and processing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) transactions.

fashion directory  DIcentral Corp: Hosted EDI/xML net-based applications, Total B2B Data Integration, enables corporations of any size to achieve B2B data integration without the costly investment in localized software and hardware technology, and without the costs of ongoing maintenance and management of B2B relationships  Address:  17625 El Camino Real Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77058 USA  Phone: 281-480-1121  Fax:  281-480-1181 Email: tmai@DIcentral.com Contact: Thuy Mai  /cEO

fashion directory  Digital Movers is the premier provider of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) outsourcing services to companies that need to communicate commerce transaction data electronically with their Trading Community.

fashion directory  Dynamic Distribution Services: they provide third party logistics and distribution services for apparel manufacturers. They offer full service EDI compliance with all major retailers and they can customize their services to your needs. Address: 200 Central Ave South Kearny New Jersey 07032 USA Phone: 973-344-5333 x293 Email: sales@dynamiconline.com  Contact: Eric Glenn, Sales

fashion directory  EAN International: EAN International manages a world-wide system that allows the identification and the communication of data on products, services, utilities, transport units and locations. It develops and maintains coding standards for all users. Its aim is to develop a global, multi-sectorial standards system thus providing a common language for national and international trade.

fashion directory  EBS-EDI Business Services: are designed to assist your company to effectively and securely process information with their trading partners. By exchanging purchase orders, advance ship notices (ASN), invoices and UPC bar coded hang tags and labels; we can rapidly process your information and dramatically reduce your operating expenses. They provide scan tested bar code products and UCC128 (GS1) shipping labels for your merchandise and containers.  They print Hang Tags, Stickers, and Shipping and Content Labels. Recognizing that time sensitive world wide deliveries are critical to your business their dedicated attention to detail and complete follow through is monitored from purchase order to ship date. Email: services@ebs-edi.com  Phone: 973 484-8778 Fax: 973 484-8099

fashion directory  eCentre UK: The association offers a "one stop shop" for providing help and advice on electronic commerce to UK organizations at large and provides a comprehensive suite of services to its members to help them to adopt best practice in doing business electronically across the extended enterprise.  It supports and publicizes the EAN UCC (International Article Numbering Association/uniform Code Council) standards and electronic commerce standards

fashion directory  ECS Technologies Inc.: ECS offers a wide range of expertise in five competency areas:

fashion directory EDI Academy Inc: The EDI Training courses offered by the EDI Academy may be an excellent door opener for individuals starting out in the EDI industry. They can also be outstanding knowledge transfer sessions for best practices and successful EDI implementations for seasoned EDI professionals. These courses provide an opportunity for anyone whose work requires understanding and use of EDI to gain better knowledge of EDI fundamentals and best practices. What makes this course unique is the application of real world examples from various companies and industries. After completing these courses, class members will gain better comprehension of EDI fundamentals and they will also be provided with coaching on how to overcome major EDI challenges and apply the learned best practices. Address: 8880 Rio San Diego Dr Suite 505 San Diego, CA 92108 Phone 858-605-0412 Contact: Michael Kotoyan

fashion directory  EDI Alliance: The EDI Alliance is a select group of companies who specialize in the implementation and support of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and B2B integration in a variety of industries across the globe.  Formerly known as EDI Center. EDI Center Description: The Los Angeles based EDI Center provides EDI training, support, and staffing; specializing in the retail industry.  The EDI Center was founded in 2004 but is based upon over a decade of experience with our previous company, The EDI Connection, which was acquired by QRS Corporation in 1998. During the 1990's we provided services for small to medium sized vendors to meet their retail trading partner's EDI requirements. Today, the EDI Center is a premier provider of support services that help companies make efficient use of their EDI processes with education, training, and qualified personnel. 

fashion directory  EDI Consulting Services Inc.: The company specializes in the IBM midrange environment, and employees have a vast knowledge in this environment as well as hands on experience implementing EDI, (Electronic Data Interchange) systems. The scope of the company will not limit work to that in the EDI arena, but will encompass all areas of providing solutions to business problems and opportunities.

fashion directory  EDI, Inc. (Encomium Data International, Inc). has been supplying electronic data interchange software, training and support services to all kinds of businesses since 1991.  Their flagship product, Pro_eDI Translation Software for Windows, UNIX, LINUX & HP3000 supports HIPAA, X12, and Edifact Standards.  They also offer Internet based EDI VAN services at a fraction of the cost of traditional VANS. Pro_eDI Software is very reasonably priced.  Address: 6001 Cochran Road, Suite 300 Solon, Ohio 44139 Phone # (440)505-2261 or 1-800-969-3341  Fax: (440)505-2281 E-mail: fpaternite@proedi.com  Contact: Frank S. Paternite, President

fashion directory  EDI Staffing :EDI Staffing is an EDI and IT staffing and solutions firm focusing on the areas of electronic data interchange (EDI), enterprise application integration (EAI) and information technology (IT) solutions. We address our clients' technological needs through short-term and permanent placements along with consulting and Professional Services.

fashion directory  Edi Support Inc.: EDI Support, Inc. (ESI) provides EDI implementation and installation assistance to major retailers and their vendors. The EDI Support, Inc. staff members are acknowledged experts in the areas of VANS, EDI systems integration, EDI and UPC interfaces and translation software; they've installed hundreds of accounts in the last 12 years.

fashion directory  Electronic Markets Journal  EM - Electronic Markets is a key forum for advancing the understanding and practice of electronic markets and commerce.  Started in 1991, EM was the first journal to report on developments and the latest trends related to the exciting and rapidly evolving research field of electronic commerce

fashion directory  Exenta: Exenta is one of the only comprehensive, state of the art supply chain technology provider serving the apparel and soft goods industries. We combine easy-to-use, best-in-class technology with a relentless focus on achieving excellence in all aspects of implementation and customer satisfaction. 

fashion directory  eZCom Software Inc.: provides innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Business-to-Business integration solutions for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in supply chains. eZCom capitalizes on the growing need for a simple and effective solution that empowers SMBs to effectively participate in these supply chains. eZCom's proprietary architecture supports multiple translation and communications protocols such as EDI X12, XML, and AS2, while reducing complexities associated with the technology and business processes. eZCom clients report up to 90% improvements in efficiency, and the company maintains less than 1% attrition due to competitive reasons. eZCom's solutions become an extension of the supplier's company, growing with them as their needs evolve. Phone # 877.765.3564.

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