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Softblend's EDI System is a complete implementation of the ASC X12 Standard for Electronic Document Interchange.

(Introduction to EDI - PDF file)

Customers and suppliers are able to send and receive documents to facilitate the entry, shipping and receiving of orders. Optional email messages can be tailored to provide system notifications of new orders or system problems.

The system runs in the background, periodically polling mailboxes and looking for transactions to process. These processes can be scheduled to run at the most appropriate times for your business functions.

Communications to the customer or supplier can be performed using either FTP or AS2. Some suppliers and retailers also employ Value Added Networks (VANs). These companies provide mailbox services, inter-connection capabilities to other VANs and are also capable of communication via FTP or AS2.

All EDI documents can be processed by the system, but the following are most commonly used by the suppliers, retailers and carriers we have encountered.

  • 240 - Motor Carrier Package Status
  • 810 - Invoice
  • 850 - Purchase Order
  • 852 - Product Activity Data
  • 855 - Purchase Order Acknowledgement
  • 856 - Advance Ship Notice
  • 940 - Warehouse Shipping Order
  • 945 - Warehouse Shipping Advice
  • 997 - Functional Acknowledgement