How it Works

Systems between trading partners can be connected with APIs, using EDI, or by using EDI messaging through an API, or a range of other methods.
Crossfire are the experts in supply chain integration who take away this complexity, and help you focus on getting better outcomes with your trading partners.

How the Crossfire Managed Service Works

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There's a lot going on inside the cloud. Basically, this is what happens:

  1. Crossfire receives interchanges (files) from you, these might be picked up via FTP, received through an API, or over a VAN.
  2. An interchange may contain one or many EDI messages. Each message is validated to make sure it’s in the correct format.
  3. Each EDI message is mapped/translated to the format that your partner requires.
  4. Each translated message is validated to make sure it’s in the correct format for your partner.
  5. Similar to the pick-up/receive process, Crossfire can either send interchanges to your partner via FTP, Email, API, or VAN, or your partner can check Crossfire for files to receive using the same methods.

Why do Supply Chain Integration Through Crossfire?.

If you're looking to reduce costs while maintaining and improving service levels, if your current EDI system is unreliable or outdated, or if the concept of APIs or EDI is beyond your IT team, then we're the experts who can provide the solutions. If any of this sounds familiar to you, get in touch so we can talk you through how Crossfire can help.

The kind of benefits our clients enjoy with our managed service include:

Efficiency and cost savings Prompt and accurate processing of business documents.
Enhanced inventory management Reduced order processing and delivery times.
Transparency Real-time visibility into transaction status.
Promotes social responsibility and sustainability Save money and reduce CO2 emissions by replacing paper-based processes.
Enhanced strategic focus Automation frees up staff to concentrate on other tasks.
Streamlines your ability to enter new territories and markets EDI/API provides a common business language that facilitates business partner onboarding anywhere in the world.

Common EDI Terms

If you're new to EDI then you'll find the most common EDI terms here:

  1. ANSI ASC X12 or ASC X12 or just X12, refers to the set of message standards that are primarily used in the United States. The Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) is chartered by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to define and maintain the X12 standards.
  2. EDIFACT, refers to the set of international message standards that are defined by the United Nations. Most commonly used in Europe and Australasia. EDIFACT stands for Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport.
  3. Message Standard, the syntax and structure with which messages are sent, received and validated against.
  4. Trading Partner, an organization you're trading (sending or receiving) EDI with, e.g. suppliers, customers, authorities.
  5. Translation or Mapping, the process of converting a message from one message standard into another.