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Implementing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) with 3M

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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).

Benefits of 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.

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    Reduced Cycle Time
    With EDI, data can be sent and received 24 hours a day. Because EDI allows business to continue outside the normal business day, the turnaround time for a business transaction can be reduced from days to hours and, in some instances, to minutes.
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    Increased Accuracy and Efficiency
    EDI can eliminate tedious work and reduce the risk of human error. It can also move trading partners toward a paperless environment.
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    Optimized Inventory
    EDI can provide faster and more accurate information about inventory status. Replenishment can be driven by consumption. Future needs or changing needs can be quickly assessed and responded to without manual intervention or review, thus leading to improved inventory management.
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    Improved Business Relationships

    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.

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  • 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:

    1. Data must be compliant with the ANSI X12 standard. 3M also supports all major industry subsets (e.g., VICS, UCS, I/C) and EDIFACT.
    2. EDI data is exchanged via a value added network (VAN) in most cases. The VANs that 3M connects with directly are: CommerceNet, GEIS, Transettlements, Harbinger, and Advantis/Sears. Interconnects are used for other VANs.
    3. The current or prior version of the ANSI X12 standard should be used.
    4. Testing of all EDI documents is recommended before going into production. This is coordinated with the customer by the 3M EC Trading Partner Implementation Group.
    5. The following guidelines are available in the EDI Guidelines section of this site. These are traditionally the most frequently used. Guidelines for other transactions are available upon request.
      • Purchase Order - 850
      • Purchase Order Acknowledgment - 855
      • Ship Notice/Manifest - 856
      • Invoice - 810
      • Remittance Advice - 820

Frequently Asked Questions

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