What is EDI and ASN?

What is EDI and ASN?

In the world of logistics, there are many acronyms. Two of the most important acronyms that anyone involved with logistics should be aware of are EDI and ASN.

What do EDI and ASN mean? Keep on reading to learn more about these vital logistics terms.

What is EDI and ASN?


EDI stands for Electronic Data Interchange. It refers to the electronic completion of various business transactions, including:

  • Orders that have been made
  • The statues of orders
  • Invoices – sent and paid
  • Shipping and receiving information
  • Scheduling of shipments
  • Inquiries
  • Financial reporting

It makes it possible for companies to electronically communicate with one another about shared business transactions. Some of the benefits of EDI include:

  • Less errors
  • Reduced data entry
  • Online storage of data
  • Increased visibility
  • Improved management


ASN stands for Advanced Shipping Notice. It’s an electronic document or notice that is sent out to a buyer prior to receiving a product that has been purchased. The supplier of the product that was purchased will send the ASN out to a buyer once the goods that were purchased are shipped.

Advanced Shipment Notices offers a number of benefits for both suppliers and sellers. Some of the most notable benefits include:

  • Peace of mind, as the seller knows that the buyer has been notified about a shipment, and the buyer knows that the purchased item has been sent.
  • Improved customer service. Buyers want to know when they will receive the products they purchased, and since an ASN lets them know that their product has shipped, they will have a better understanding of when their product will be received.

Both EDI and ASN help to improve the shipping process of products for both buyers and suppliers.

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