EDI Use Cases

No definition of EDI is complete without real-world applicability. Electronic Data Interchange is useful for a wide variety of functions spanning many thousands of specific information exchanges. Here are just some of the most common scenarios where EDI is helpful, from among the many thousands of transaction types EDI handles every day.

Supply Chain (Retail, Manufacturing, Automotive)

  • Purchasing
  • Order fulfillment
  • Shipping confirmations
  • International orders
  • Parts order fulfillments


  • Exchanging patient health information
  • Health insurance processing
  • Prescription information exchanges


  • Scheduling shipments
  • Tracking goods


  • Generating invoices
  • Providing audit trails


  • Flight information exchanges
  • Passenger name records (PNRs)
  • International compliance and standardization