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Walmart has been one of the largest retail brands in the world for many years now. It has thousands of suppliers across the world, and the ranks of suppliers are steadily growing day by day. You may want to bolster your own business through the power of a brand like Walmart. In that case, you’re free to sign up as a Walmart supplier, but there are several things Walmart will require of you.
In addition to complying with their health, safety, and insurance policies, you’ll need to comply with their EDI system. EDI, or electronic data interchange, is a process that uses software and hardware to facilitate the electronic exchange of documents. It’s important because it reduces human error and helps translate physical documents and information into a format Walmart and all its trading partners can interpret. By converting physical information into an EDI format, you won’t need to translate or convert documents into a form that is compatible with Walmart’s data system or vice versa, since the EDI software does it for you.
EDI can also facilitate the easy transmission of crucial details, such as package weight, contents, and arrival time. With so many trading partners and so many boxes of goods to keep track of, EDI is crucial to Walmart’s success, since it would cost too much time and resources to focus on communicating with all suppliers individually.
If you are planning to become a Walmart supplier, ACT Data has years of experience working with Walmart EDI. Contact them for the knowledge and expertise necessary for becoming EDI-compliant with the world’s most famous retail brand.