Sunbury, United Kingdom — July 22, 2010 — GXS™, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today launched a major refresh of its popular EDI Basics web site (http://www.edibasics.co.uk), which provides impartial information, practical advice and in-depth multimedia content for anyone involved in setting up and managing B2B electronic trading networks. EDI Basics includes documented benefits of electronic trading which can be used to build a business case justification for e-Commerce as well as a methodology for implementing EDI in a supply chain community.
Electronic Data Interchange, or EDI, is the automated exchange of standard business documents such as orders and invoices between two companies. The technology has been widely adopted throughout the UK across many different sectors, by businesses both large and small. EDI helps a company cut down on unnecessary paperwork, drive down the cost of managing business documents, reduce the amount of manual processing and eliminate errors.
At the same time, the very popularity of EDI has given rise to a plethora of data flavours and variants that can sometimes cause headaches and even deter businesses. A recent survey of 300 information technology professionals found that 95 percent of respondents still use comparatively unsophisticated tools such as spreadsheets for some or all of their B2B transactions. This highlights a requirement for greater use of electronic trading across a wide range of companies and industries. Addressing this issue head-on, the EDI Basics site offers a wealth of information and resources, designed for business professionals ranging from highly experienced users to complete beginners. Since its launch in 2006, the site has seen a 278 percent increase in traffic and is now the top ranking EDI site for organic searches on Google.
A major feature of the new site is the EDI Community, which allows visitors to pool their expertise and help each other to solve problems. A visitor can ask questions, suggest answers, contribute insights and share experiences. The community is open to all visitors and not limited to GXS customers. Where appropriate, GXS experts will be available to contribute help and advice.
“There are an extensive set online forums devoted to discussions about new XML-based e-commerce standards,” noted Denise Oakley, International Marketing Director at GXS, “However, there are relatively few web resources devoted to explaining the EDI standards such as Tradacoms that the whole British economy depend upon. We were taken by surprise at the pent-up demand in the UK for ‘how to’ type information about all aspects of electronic trading. The success of the first version has encouraged us to expand the site, adding new content including the EDI Community, which will help make the site even more useful.”
The resources section of the EDI Basics site now covers a broad range of content, including variants of EDI and document standards. This is combined with tutorials, reference documents and case studies of UK companies such as Dixons, JO Sims, Organic Farm Foods, Royal Mail and WH Smith. A multimedia library provides access to videos, webinars and podcasts. Finally, the site also features an EDI quiz, which provides an instant assessment of your electronic trading expertise.
GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collabouration among trading partners. Organisations worldwide, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage the on-demand services on GXS Trading Grid® to extend supply chain networks, optimise product launches, automate warehouse receiving, manage electronic payments and gain supply chain visibility. GXS Managed Services, GXS’ B2B outsourcing solution, empowers customers with the expertise, technical infrastructure and program support to conduct B2B e-commerce with trading partners globally.
Based in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS has an extensive global network and has local offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. GXS can be found on the Web at http://www.gxs.co.uk, http://blogs.gxs.com and http://twitter.com/gxs.
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