What is EDI?
Electronic Data Interchange, more commonly referred to as EDI, is the electronic transmission of business data. We use EDI to electronically transmit orders, shipments, and update inventory all without the need of a manual process. VAN (Valid-Added Network) provides secure network (“mailbox”) where EDI documents (“messages”) can be exchanged between Groupon and vendors.
GROUPON ––> VAN (ITT) ––> VENDOR VAN ––> VENDOR
VENDOR ––> VENDOR VAN ––> VAN (ITT) ––> GROUPON
Benefits of EDI
Order info handled electronically
No longer manually downloading/uploading order info into the Commerce Interface portal
Less room for human error
Quick processing of accurate data
No more putting Groupon inventory aside with fake POs/holds
Easier for vendors working with multiple channels outside of Groupon
Groupon supports the following transactions:
850 Purchase Order
855 Purchase Order Acknowledgement
856 Advance Shipping Notification
824 Application Advice
846 Inventory Inquiry
Note that Groupon's EDI is only available to first-party Goods vendors (non-marketplace vendors).
*See EDI Specs for breakdowns and specs