3M strives to meet and exceed the expectations of our trading partners by providing world-class products and services. Electronic Commerce plays a key role in helping us achieve this goal.
Electronic Commerce is the communication of information electronically between business partners (customers, suppliers, carriers, and financial institutions). One form of electronic commerce is Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
When EDI is used as a tool to enable process change and help achieve business goals, significant benefits can be realized. EDI enhances all parts of the business process, and the impact can be far reaching.
Setting up EDI requires both trading partners to gain a better understanding of each other's business processes. EDI expands channels of communication and leads to better working relationships between the partners.
3M will send a Functional Acknowledgment (997) for all transactions received. 3M expects to receive a Functional Acknowledgment (997) for all transactions sent to our trading partners.
3M exchanges data with over 4,000 trading partners. We send data to and receive data from VANs 19 times a day Monday through Friday with a limited schedule on the weekend and over holidays.
3M encourages the exchange of EDI transactions with our many customers. In general, implementation begins with the basic transactions of purchase order, invoice, and remittance advice. Other transaction sets are implemented based on mutual agreement between our customers and 3M.
General recommendations for customer EDI implementations are:
Below are the 3M specifications for a select few of the many EDI transaction sets 3M supports. Please note 3M can build an EDI map using customer's EDI specifications as well.
Depending on the complexity of your request and 3M resources available, implementations may take up to 12 weeks.
3M does offer to build your EDI documents based on our generic specs. This only applies to 850, 855, 856 and 810 documents.